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Assignment: First Analytical Essay on Short Fiction

Write your analysis focusing on one of the following elements from one of the assigned short stories:

• Character
• Theme
• Symbolism
• Imagery
• Setting
• Point of view

In a 4-page (1,200-word) literary analysis, write an in-depth analytical essay using your own ideas plus supporting evidence from the text, such as quotations, paraphrases, and summaries, remembering that quoted material should never exceed 25% of the essay.

Start by selecting one of the short stories assigned by your instructor this week. Brainstorm to identify a literary element in the text that you would like to explore, such as character, theme, symbolism, imagery, setting, or point of view. Then, develop a preliminary thesis that offers a specific interpretation of this element.

Next, develop an introduction that states your original thesis (main claim) and briefly describes the story and author you will be discussing.

The body of your essay should support and defend this thesis with specific evidence taken from the text that you discuss thoroughly and thoughtfully. Remember that no more than 25% of the essay can consist of direct quotations.

Your essay should end with a concluding paragraph or two, summarizing the key points of your paper and explaining the significance of your interpretation. When finished, the paper should be at least 1,200 words long (approximately 4 double-spaced pages).

Apply APA rules of style to source citations as well as the overall formatting of your essay. Be sure to include a title page and a References page.

Short stories below:

• John Updike, "A&P" (p. 14)
• James Joyce, "Araby" (p. 166)
• Herman Melville, "Bartleby, the Scrivener" (pp. 181-182)
• Ralph Ellison, "Battle Royal" (p. 155)
• Nathaniel Hawthorne, "The Birthmark" (p. 164)
• Raymond Carver, "Cathedral" (p. 31)
• Ernest Hemingway, "A Clean Well-Lighted Place" (p. 48)
• Jamaica Kincaid, "Girl" (p. 172)
• Flannery O'Connor, "A Good Man is Hard to Find" (p. 117)
• Sandra Cisneros, "The House on Mango Street" (p. 151)
• D. H. Lawrence, "The Rocking Horse Winner" (p. 174)
• James Baldwin, "Sonny's Blues" (p. 23)
• Tim O'Brien, "The Things They Carried" (p. 184)
• Eudora Welty, "A Worn Path" (p. 22)
• Nathaniel Hawthorne, "Young Goodman Brown" (p. 29).

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