Please let me know. I’m choosing to do the number two. Only
I also attached the story.
To show that you can apply the elements of fiction we
have been studying in a written analysis of a short story.
To write an organized essay on a literary work that develops a thesis with support from the
text of the work.
are three possible topics for this
“How I Met My Husband” is an initiation story in which the main character moves into a new stage
of her life and becomes more aware of the world she is entering. Write an essay
in which you show how Alice Munro uses point
of view to show the painful
awakening of Edie.
2. In “The Gift of the Magi” and “This Is What It Means to
Say Phoenix, Arizona”, O. Henry and
Sherman Alexie use setting to write
stories that entertain and hold readers’ interest. Write an essay in which you
show what this element contributes to one
of these stories. (Do NOT write about both
3. In “A Pair of
Tickets”, the main character, Jing-mei, makes a journey. Write an essay in which you explain how Jing-mei’s journey is related to character development.
Whichever option you choose, include an analysis of the theme of
the story you are writing about. What
are we, as readers, to learn from each story? How is the story relevant to our
You may include elements of fiction other than those I
have asked for in each of the options as needed, but keep the focus on those in the topic, and on theme. You may, for example, want to
show how character and setting are related, or how the setting affects the
Structure of Your Essay
Your essay should have a title that reflects something about your essay’s specific content
or main point. (It should not be “Essay Number One” or “Short Story Essay”.)
2. Your Introduction should include the title
of the story you’ve chosen, in quotes, and its writer’s full name within the first few sentences of your essay. Your
introductory paragraph should make clear exactly what the focused subject of
your essay is. Include your thesis
statement near the end of the first paragraph.
Each body paragraph should include a clear topic sentence followed by
ample evidence from the text of the story and analysis. TEA paragraph structure works well for these: Topic, Evidence (often
in the form of quotations), Analysis
(of the quotations that you believe
support your points).
Yes, this means you need to
include quotations from the story.
If you need help with how to do this, see the sample student essays in your
textbook, and the Writing Center
tutorial called "Using Quotations". (Tutorial #22)
Include a body paragraph on the theme of the story, showing what in the story leads you to believe
this is the theme. (Remember to state the theme as a full sentence rather than an abstract term or a phrase. Reread the
last paragraph on
205. Follow its advice.)
should address the value of reading
or sharing this story. (No need to summarize what you have already made clear!)
Include a Work
Cited page in current MLA format. Example:
Henry, O. “The Gift of the Magi.” Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, edited
by X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia, 13th ed.,
Pearson, 2016, pp. 186-189.
Use the Checklists
in the chapters in your textbook to help you review elements you are
writing about, and for theme.
Be sure to include more than just one part of an element.
For example, if you are writing about character, don’t just identify the protagonist. Explain why the character is the protagonist,
using evidence from the story. And, don’t forget to write about both flat and round characters, etc. Don’t
forget about minor characters. What is their
Avoid overly long quotes but be sure to include support
from the story for your ideas. If you have written your essay and have no
quotations, find quotations in the story that show your readers what in the story makes you think as
summarize/retell too much of the story. Stay focused on YOUR topic. Remember
that we have all read the story. (You should assume that your audience for this
essay, and the rest of your essays, consists of educated people who have read
the works you will be writing about.)
In addition, be SURE that you have read the assigned material
in Chapter 42 and that you follow ALL directions from Chapter 43 (illustrated
in the sample student papers there and throughout the fiction unit in the
textbook) and noted the MLA methods of citation within your essay and on the
Works Cited page.
double spaced pages
Because this is a formal essay, avoid using “you” when you mean “a person”, “people”, or “some people.”
Remember, too, that this is not a personal response essay, but an analysis, so it should be written
primarily in third person. This is an
academic, text-based essay.
Literary works are written about in present tense, regardless of what tense they are written in or how
old they are. (If this is difficult for you, we have a good tutorial to help you with it! This is
Since this is an academic essay, you should avoid overly
casual language, slang, spelling you might use in texting, etc.
Remember to proofread.
Since this class has a prerequisite of English 100 or 105, you need to take time to proofread and eliminate basic
(Remember that you can get help with proofreading skills at the
luck! I am looking forward to reading your essays!