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Creon uses many metaphors to describe how the citizens of a country must obey the leader of the country and the laws of that country. What are Creon’s ideas about a good leader of a country? How do his ideas of what “good leadership” is square with YOUR ideas of what makes a good leader? To what degree, in your judgment, is Creon a good leader or a poor leader?
A note about citing quotations and paraphrases: When you use a quotation or paraphrase from a source (including when the source is a piece of literature), you will need to cite the source. Antigone is a play, but it is given in the form of a poem, so cite Antigone same way you would a poem, by line number rather than page number. In your second citation, you may omit the words “line” or “lines.” Remember also to put a forward slash between the lines of a poem when you quote them. Below is an example.

Ismene knows the punishment for Antigone’s crime will be death, and she attempts to dissuade Antigone from burying their brother’s body. Ismene says, however, that she will keep quite and tell no one of Antigone’s actions. Antigone, on the other hand, screams at her sister about her act of burying their brother: “Shout it from the rooftops. I’ll hate you / all the more for silence–tell the world” (100-101). Antigone knows that a deed done and unreported is not what is needed, at least not in this situation. She wants all people in her country to know that she has disobeyed the law of the state in deference to her own moral conscience. /////
* Remember to have a debatable thesis statement. That is, your thesis statement (the last sentence of your first paragraph is a good place for your thesis statement) should take a stance that is not obvious and with which other readers might conceivably disagree.

*In your essay, please do not retell the story, summarize the events, or tell what happens in the poem or story or play. Know that your audience has already read the story or poem or play and knows what it says literally. ////
First, you want to avoid the following:

Fancy fonts (Pick something plain)

Colored print


Freakishly large or small font sizes (12 point is nice)

Your entire essay should be double-spaced. The standard is 1-inch margins on the right, left, top, and bottom. (Many Microsoft Word machines are set to 1.25 inches on the right and left, and 1.25 is fine. No professor is going to take out a ruler unless the margins look especially bizarre.)

In the upper left hand corner, you’ll put your name on the first line. On the next line, you’ll put your professor’s name (spelled correctly! Most professors really don’t like to see their own names spelled wrong.) On the next line, put the course and section number ( ENGL 2310 L01–or whatever your section number is). On the fourth line, put the date you turn the assignment in. If you’re turning your assignment in late or early, don’t put the due date, but the date that you actually turn it in.

The heading information I’ve given you so far is accepted, MLA style. I, however, like students to put a fifth line in their header information: that is, I like a tag line. In the tag line, you tell what the assignment is. For your first essay, you’ll put Essay 1 on the fifth header line.

Next, you’ll need a title. Continue double-spacing. You don’t need any extra spaces, just regular double spacing. Center your title, capitalizing the first letter of every word except for prepositions, definite articles, and indefinite articles. Remember, your title is your title, not the title of the literary work you’re writing about. You do not need quotation marks around your title, nor do you need to underline it. If you use a title and a subtitle, you want to separate the two with a colon.

Here is an example of how your title might look:

Gilgamesh’s Ishtar:

She’s Not the Girl Next Door

Notice that I have used italics for the word Gilgamesh because Gilgamesh is the title of the work I’m writing about. If I were to use Gilgamesh as the character’s name rather than as the title, I would neither underline nor use quotation marks. (Note: I have used italics for “Gilgamesh” rather than underlined it. Italics is an acceptable substitution for underlining. The title should be centered in the middle of the page, too.

After your title, begin writing your essay. Continue double-spacing, without any extra spaces between your title and the beginning of your essay. Use a one tab paragraph indentation to show the beginning of a new paragraph. Do not use any extra spaces between paragraphs.

Page numbers are also helpful and should go in the upper right hand corner. The MLA Handbook suggests putting your last name before the page number on each page, including the first. Most professors will not be extremely concerned about the last name before each page number, but if you’re clever enough with Microsoft Word to get it to happen, go for it.

Do not justify right margins.

I hope this takes care of format issues. Again, you want YOUR paper to create a good first impression, and most professors are much more impressed with clean, unadorned, neat-looking papers than with a lot of fancy fonts, bells, and whistles.

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