- Read Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee in its entirety before beginning your paper. Take notes as you read. Mark some interesting passages and save necessary source information (such as page numbers) for your in-text documentation and your Works Cited list.
- Think about the topic and approach you chose located in the Topics and Approaches page. Do not simply repeat or summarize the story.
- Write your well-constructed thesis, topic sentences, supporting details roughly before beginning.
- Do some research. It’s important to know a bit about apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa before you begin the paper. Take notes and save necessary source information for your Works Cited list.
- Use at TWO outside sources from scholarly sites or journals.
- Look at sample papers to refresh your memory concerning the format in Rules for Writers, 8th edition.
- Write a minimum 850-word (or more if necessary) for a good literary essay.
- Use formal language and the third person, avoiding personal anecdotes and eliminating all references to yourself at all (I believe, in my opinion, etc).
The topic I choose to talk about in this novel was symbolism. I think this was one of the most interesting/eye catching topic because you get to identify the symbolism of the dogs or anything else that presents something important in the novel. I get to read more profound and identify many things that others who read the story might of missed the chance of seeing this. I decided on this topic because of the dogs that are know characters in the novel. Lucy is one of the main characters, she in her own way takes care of dogs that tend to have different personalities. The novel symbolized the dogs as animals that nothing for them selves. The dogs represent a number or very important things throughout this novel. I think it makes you really understand and go through the novel with more depth and catching every important detail in this novel.