For this essay, you will choose one of the works we discussed (or something else by one of the writers, poets, or playwrights that we have read) and write a literary analysis on the work. If choosing poetry, you may compare two poems for content and poetic style. If choosing a longer piece of fiction (or nonfiction), please only discuss one (unless comparing character, plot, etc, then you may do so with two characters from two different stories).
You will use what is called a “targeted” summary. In a targeted summary, you only focus on summary that relates to the point you are trying to make. DO NOT summarize the entire story or poem unless doing so relates to what you are discussing.
- Interpret literary texts through class discussion, written assignments, and projects designed to help students:
- Recognize how texts not only reflect but produce culture and history
- Argue for distinct connections between texts and context in interpreting meaning
- Support interpretations with evidence from close reading of the text in ways that demonstrate integrative and independent thinking
- Allow for a multiplicity of meanings and reflect on how acts of making meaning are dependent on perspective
- Relate ideas expressed in literature to everyday life
- Analyze literary texts through class discussion, written assignments, and projects designed to help students:
- Become acquainted with aspects of genre, voice, and a variety of literary elements
- Conduct “close readings” of texts through attention to word choice and context
- Consider how authorial techniques and material delivery affect the readers’ experiences
- Evaluate and apply critical thinking to literary texts through class discussion, written assignments, and projects designed to help students:
- Integrate aspects of reading, analysis, and interpretation when synthesizing and expressing their ideas and opinion of a text
- Recognize and articulate the ways in which literature reflects, influences, perpetuates, and resists cultural beliefs and how those beliefs interact with race, gender, class, sexuality, and nationality
- Reflect on how literature connects to various professions, disciplines, and aspects of social and civic life
Introduction: Give brief background on the item being discussed. Whether discussing a character or plot device, make sure to just give us only what we need (avoid giving too much summary).
Body: Devote a paragraph to each discussion point. If you are changing focus even a bit, change paragraphs. For poetry, you may look at style, tone, overall message, etc. For plays, students often look at character, plot, and other theatrical elements.
Conclusion: Give us your overall analysis without giving a bunch of new information. Restate your main points to tie everything together.
Formatting Guidelines for the Essay Assignment
You will be expected to format your paper using the following guidelines:
- Use 12-point letter size in a standard-looking, professional font such as Times New Roman, Ariel, Calibri, or similar. (not script, angled, or italicized).
- Double-space the body of the essay to make reading and writing comments easier.
- Develop a meaningful, specific title. Do not bold, underline, or italicize, or make the title larger than the rest of the essay.
- Include (double-spaced) name and class information. Please include all of these items: Your name, course number and instructor name, class time, due date, and assignment description. Below is an example of how this format looks.
- Essay should be 750-1000 words (roughly 3-5 pages)
- MUST BE submitted through Blackboard.