Write an essay of 5-6 pages, double-spaced (Times New Roman 12-point font), on one of the following topics. You are required to do research for this essay; be sure to document your sources (3-5 scholarly sources minimum). Your essay should have a strong thesis, with plausible supporting evidence from the text. Avoid plot summary.
2. In some works of literature, a character who appears briefly, or does not appear at all, is a significant presence. Using either Maus or Monkey Beach, show how such a character functions in the work. You may wish to discuss how the character affects action, theme, or the development of other characters.