This essay will be divided into three assignments: An annotated bibliography A

This essay will be divided into three assignments:
An annotated bibliography
A rough draft
A final draft
Step 1 is an annotated bibliography. After you choose which topic to write on, do some research that will help you write your essay. Prepare an annotated bibliography of four sources, not including Notes from Underground itself.
An annotated bibliography is like an MLA Works Cited but with paragraphs in-between the entries where you explain why you chose the source and how you’ll use it to write your essay.
Here’s some info ( on annotated bibliographies. Here’s some samples ( ). The samples on the Owl page are pretty long and three paragraphs. For this assignment, they only need to be a single paragraph, and let’s say a few sentences long. The basic instructions are good:
Summarize: Some annotations merely summarize the source. What are the main arguments? What is the point of this book or article? What topics are covered? If someone asked what this article/book is about, what would you say? The length of your annotations will determine how detailed your summary is.
For more help, see this handout on paraphrasing ( ) sources.
Assess: After summarizing a source, it may be helpful to evaluate it. Is it a useful source? How does it compare with other sources in your bibliography? Is the information reliable? Is this source biased or objective? What is the goal of this source?
For more help, see these handouts on evaluating resources (
Reflect: Once you’ve summarized and assessed a source, you need to ask how it fits into your research. Was this source helpful to you? How does it help you shape your argument? How can you use this source in your research project? Has it changed how you think about your topic?
So do that, for each source you find. Again, scholarly sources are best. There’s a ton of great scholarship on Dostoevsky. You can also find excellent articles on Dostoevsky in the higher quality magazines and newspapers.
To receive credit, you will need:
A correctly formatted Works Cited entry for each source
An appropriate annotation for each source in which summarize, assess, and reflect as described above
Here’s the prompt:
Notes from Underground
Write a 5-7 page essay, following MLA format, on one of the following:
What is an anti-hero, and why is the narrator of Notes from Underground an important example of the anti-hero?
How is Notes from Underground emblematic of the “unreliable narrator” concept, and what is Dostoevsky’s point in making him so “unreliable”?
According to the underground man (and Dostoevsky?), why does every attempt to create Utopia lead, inevitably, to Dystopia?
How does Part II explain the identity of the underground man in Part I?
Quote from both the primary text and outside critics. Summarizing is acceptable as long as the summary is in service of a thesis. Outside research and quotation from scholarly sources is required. Correctly formatted citations are required. Be sure to also include a correctly formatted Works Cited page.

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