ENG 356 Week 8 Assignment Analysis Paper
Using the outline you developed, produce a final draft of the Analysis Paper.
In a carefully constructed paper of 1,800-2,000 words (six to seven pages), respond to one of the following topics. Make sure that the essay has a focused, narrow, assertive thesis, and that it contains abundant textual support for all subassertions and claims (direct quotations, paraphrases, or summaries). You can write on a particular writer or story only once in the semester.
Topic One: Analysis of Style in Relation to Theme – Choose one or two assigned short stories and analyze how specific elements of fiction, such as symbolism, imagery, setting, characterization, plot structure, or language contribute to the story’s central theme (e.g., imagery of light, vision, and beauty in ‘Araby’). Make sure you explain how and why, and make your thesis very specific and unique (do not merely present a statement of fact about the story or stories).
Topic Two: Biographical Analysis of a Story or Stories – Choose two short stories by the same author and explain how specific information about the author’s biography further elucidates or clarifies those short stories. Using credible, scholarly sources, research the author’s life, and focus on one specific aspect of that author’s life (religious background, education, specific experiences abroad or in specific schools, etc.) and on how that aspect of the author’s life provides further insight into how and why the author chose specific themes or literary techniques.
Topic Three: Comparison and Contrast – Choose two or more assigned short stories and compare and contrast their unique presentations of particular topics such as war, death, marriage (e.g., compare and contrast the treatment of marriage in “The Story of
an Hour” and “The Yellow Wallpaper.” A student essay about the topic is in chapter 5 of Reading and Writing about Literature). Compare emphasizes the similarities between two or more items. Contrast underscores differences.
Topic Four: The Application of a Literary Critical Model to a Short Story – Apply a specific method of literary criticism to one or two short stories in an attempt to further
elucidate or enlarge a reader’s understanding of the story or stories (e.g., “The Story of an Hour,” “I Stand Here Ironing,” “The Yellow Wallpaper,” etc.).
Review Appendix 4 in the The Story and Its Writer, ‘Writing About Short Stories,’ and the Topic 2 Lecture for information on writing critical analyses of short stories. This paper should be an analysis, not merely an explication, of the text(s).
Prepare this assignment according to the MLA guidelines found in the MLA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.
This assignment uses four grading rubrics which are attached below. Please view the appropriate rubric for your selected topic prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.