Fatal flaw application to the development of characters

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Fatal flaw application to the development of characters


As your final summative piece for the year (and your high school English career!) you are being asked to draw upon your knowledge and understanding of three of the different texts we have studied this year to answer one of the following essay questions:

1.       “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards,” philosopher Soren Kierkegaard once stated.  The beauty of literature is that it allows the reader to travel back in time and gain perspective on how a character’s past may shape their present.  Examine how one’s past affects motivations and actions in the present using three texts studied in the course.

2.       Hamlet points out to Horatio in Act 1, Scene 4, that often “the stamp of one defect” can corrupt a person, even though in other ways he or she may be “as pure as grace.”  Explore to what extent this concept of a fatal flaw applies to the development of characters or individuals in three texts we have studied this year.


You should expect to spend 2 hours developing your ideas for your essay based on your review of the course texts and selection of evidence.  You should then spend 2 hours writing your essay and revising it for final submission.  Your final essay should be between 1000-1200 words and written using MLA Format.  In lieu of a formal exam, this assignment will account for 15% of your final grade.  Please be sure to closely adhere to Appleby College’s plagiarism policy; papers who do not properly cite other sources used or use another’s words as their own will receive a grade of 0% on this assessment.