Comparing and Contrasting Two Fairy Tales

The first essay is due on Sunday, October 17.  Submit the essay as an email attachment formatted in Word by 5:00 PM on 10/17. The paper should be about 1,400-1,700 words in length.
In this paper, you should carefully compare and contrast any two of the fairy tales that we have studied. You may choose two version of the same tale (such as Perrault’s “Little Red Riding Hood” and the Grimms’ “Little Red Cap”), or two different tales by the same author, or similar versions of different tales (such as “Hansel and Gretel” and “Little Thumbling”).  Yes, movies definitely count as versions of tales.
Be very careful in choosing the texts you want to write on, since you want to choose the ones most appropriate to your topic. You should have a precise topic focusing on a specific theme. Choose the theme you are most interested in. Some suggestions are: the depiction of childhood; the depiction of nature; the depiction of animals; the depiction of human nature; the depiction of men; the depiction of sexuality; the depiction of girls or women; the depiction of marriage; the depiction of family; the depiction of poverty.
Secondary critical sources are not required for this essay, and in fact I would prefer that you not use secondary sources, as I am most interested in your close engagement with the primary texts.  Use specific details from the texts to defend every point in your argument.
You are, however, free to apply the critical sources that we have read, or to refer to other secondary sources. But remember that you must fully cite any and all sources that you use. The source must appear in the list of works cited at the end of the essay, and each source must be cited on every occasion that you make use of its words or ideas. This is true if the source is your primary source (the text you are studying) or a critical source (an analysis of the work published elsewhere), and it is true if the source is printed or electronic, including Internet sources. Follow the MLA style of in-text citation and lists of works cited, as described in Hacker & Sommers’ A Pocket Style Manual, 8th edition, pp. 130-70.
Please note: Class on Tuesday 10/14 will be devoted to a thesis workshop for the first essay.  The thesis is the one, central idea that the entire essay is devoted to proving to the reader.  Keep in mind that a good thesis is one that can be proven (that is, you can demonstrate that it is true using only evidence available in the texts) and also that needs to be proven (that is, it is not self-evident, but requires you to make an argument and persuade a reader.) Also, since this is a compare-and-contrast essay, your thesis should point both to the main similarities between the texts on a given theme and also the most significant differences between the texts on the same theme. Come to class on 10/4 with a thesis for the first essay.  Your thesis must be typed and printed, and it should take the form of a single, complete sentence.  This exercise is intended to assure that your thesis is coherent, concise, and unified.