writing a paper on a novel or play, mention the title and author in your opening
paragraph or second paragraph (depending on opening style)
*opening paragraph =
purpose of your essay (in the fewest words possible) in the introductory
underline titles of novels (on the title page), except in a text and then you
italicize it. Don’t put the title in quotes at any time.
begin a paragraph with a quote. It is only allowed to be used as a catchy
opening for your introductory paragraph.
assume I know who the characters are when you mention them, give the back0up
information to identify them. Pretend I don’t know anything about the novel
and that I haven’t read it. On the other hand, don’t re-tell me the story as
specific! Say exactly what happened – don’t be general with examples, it
shows a lack of knowledge.
same tense throughout the whole essay. The guideline calls to use the past tense
in a formal essay revolving around a novel.
using catch phrases – they make the essay too casual.
Ex. “…something like that” or “…if
you know what I mean.”