Short Story Analysis 10% of the final grade
For this assignment, you will analyze one of the short stories selected this semester.
Your essay should be about 1000-1200 word analysis of the story of your choice that explores a unique point of view. You are arguing about a specific idea that the reader may not have thought of and urging the reader to understand and agree with you. You may focus on characters (ie. compare and contrast two), tone, or subject-matter (theme). The claim must be narrow and specific, which you develop with evidence in the body of your essay. (Choosing a wide or general theme is not a good idea, because it forces you to state the obvious.) Your paper must have a clear thesis stated early, evidence and reasoning to support it throughout the body of the essay, and analysis of the significance of this reading to an understanding of the story.
This is why focusing on a narrower claim will be helpful. A poor claim summarizes the story; a strong one makes a pointed, clear, and arguable claim about the story. Your thesis would include your claim and an overview of your proof to the reader (in other word, how exactly will you prove your claim?). The order of your proof is followed in the structure of your analysis. Your thesis does not have to be only one sentence, but it must direct your reader in what to expect from your argument.
Developing and supporting an analytical argument, researching and using persuasive authority, practicing documentation and revision skills. This is a critical/analytical argument paper and not a general, informative paper.
You must use and cite one secondary source. Make use of the library databases to find articles that talk about the short story.
I want your ideas. You must include a Works Cited page. You may use any software to assist you, but the final product is yours.
Grading: You will be graded on the following criteria