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Writing Prompt

Unit 3- Fables & Fairy Tales
Take-Home Essay 3- Fables & Fairy Tales

Write a five-to-six page essay on the prompt below. In order to give yourself enough time to develop your thesis, and body paragraphs, please be prepared for and active during your rough draft workshops:

Workshop I: Thursday, April 6th-Introduction and Outline Workshop
Workshop II: Tuesday, April 11th-Rough Draft Workshop

Final Draft: Friday, April 14th

Don’t forget your resources, such as the Writing Center, Learning Center, and the course PowerPoints.
Be sure to use direct evidence from the text to support your argument.

I will expect:
● Four-to-five pages
● Two pieces of evidence in each body paragraph
● 12 point font size
● Times New Roman
● Double -spaced
● Full heading:
            ○ See Prompt Instructions above
● Essay uploaded in pdf document to Canvas
● Original Title

How are good and evil symbolized throughout the story? Include a secondary source to support your connections.


Consider the focus placed on the natural world as it is explored in “The Snow Queen.” Using evidence from the story, as well as another secondary source, consider how Hans Christian Andersen uses outdoor imagery, animals, and flowers to reveal his theme(s)?


Placing “The Snow Queen” into conversation with Margaret Atwood’s “Unpopular Gals,” consider the nature of the Queen, and determine whether she is guilty, misunderstood, or innocent compared to Atwood’s villainesses.


Using evidence from Maria Tatar’s article “Why Fairy Tales Matter: The Performative and the Transformative,” examine character transformations / metamorphosis seen in “The Snow Queen” in connection to Andersen’s theme.

*Note: You will be required to include 3-4 total quotations from one secondary source from a selection I will provide, but you should add in the secondary texts as secondary support quotes / after your own ideas and insights about the primary text are secure and clear.



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