The final project should show evidence of careful and thoughtful development of the 

subject with attention to appropriate depth and detail. The project should be clear, 

coherent, and well organized. It should be free of errors that hinder meaning and free of 

plagiarized material. 


For your project, you should choose a character from the novel you have read. Explain 

what makes that character uniquely American. Please feel free to think outside the box. 

There are characters within these novels that may not be legally or technically American 

but are tremendous examples of the American spirit. This gives you a lot of opportunity to 

really explore a character that interests you.

You will need to incorporate many aspects of the novel to prove your case. Be sure to look 

at issues such as imagery, dialect, social and cultural influences, and point of view, among



Your essays should be in MLA Style and approximately 5-6 pages, not including the Work(s)

Cited page. As with most academic writing, this essay should be written in third person. 

Please avoid both first person (I, we, our, etc.) and second person (you, your).

In the upper left-hand corner of the paper, place your name, the professor’s name, the 

course name, and the due date for the assignment on consecutive lines. Double space 

your information from your name onward, and don’t forget a title. All papers should be in 

Times New Roman font with 12-point type with one-inch margins all the way around your 

paper. All paragraph indentations should be indented five spaces (use the tab key) from 

the left margin. All work is to be left justified. When quoting lines in literature, please 

research the proper way to cite short stories, plays, or poems.

You should use the online APUS library to look for scholarly sources. Be careful that you 

don’t create a “cut and paste” paper of information from your various sources. Your ideas 

are to be new and freshly constructed. NO PLAGIARIZING AND NO GRAMMATICAL ERRORS