For this assignment, choose one of the short stories from chapters 8 or 9. Read


For this assignment, choose one of the short stories from chapters 8 or 9. Read it at least twice to make sure you understand the complexities of the story. Before you write your paper, make sure you think about the following questions:
What is the point of view? Who is the narrator? Is he/she reliable?
What is the setting? Is it important to the meaning of the story?
Does the author employ irony in the story? How does it work?
What is the plot? Is there internal or external conflict? How is understanding this
conflict important to the overall main idea of the story?
Who are the main characters? How do the characters change throughout the
course of the story? How is their growth important?
Is there any symbolism in the story? How does understanding the symbolism
enhance your understanding of the story?
Does the author criticize societal attitudes in his/her story? Does the author challenge race or gender roles?
What is the central theme or main idea of the story?
Assignment
Write a paper in which you analyze how one (or possibly two) of the above elements of fiction is important to understanding the story as a whole. Your analysis should provide insight into the story that wouldn’t readily be apparent to a casual reader. Do not include plot summary in your analysis paper.
In your first paragraph, introduce the author, the story, and briefly explain what the story is about. Narrow your introduction to a specific thesis statement.
Your thesis statement needs to take a stand, make a claim, be an arguable point, and anticipate all of the points in the body of the essay. Sample thesis statement: Many of the characters in “The Things They Carried” carry something that anesthetizes them to the horrors of war.
In the body of your paper, each of your main points should support and develop your thesis statement. You will need to support your claims about the story with specific examples and quotations from the text. For each paragraph in your paper, you should have at least one direct quotation from the text that you are using as support for your claim. When using a direct quotation, be sure to enclose the passage in quotation marks and provide a parenthetical reference (author page #). Avoid the temptation to talk about how you feel about the story, and do not include personal stories or examples in your essay. You need to craft a thesis statement and use the text to support your analysis. You also need to use and cite at least one other source to support or further your argument.
Your conclusion should provide a wrap-up for the entire paper. You can address how you have defended your thesis statement and/or you can address why looking at the story from your unique perspective adds insight that wouldn’t be readily apparent to a casual reader.
Format: MLA, Double spaced 12 pt Times New Roman font with 1” margins


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