5 pages (MLA) For this paper, you should make use only of the story, your imagination and certain sources to you cement your claim. 1.

5 pages (MLA) For this paper, you should make use only of the story, your imagination and certain sources to you cement your claim. 1. Select a theoretical perspective, or a lens through which you wish to explore as you perceive to be present in a short story. These can be family, marriage, quest, betrayal, supernatural, sin, death, love, the relationship, etc. 2. Choose a short story, or stories, from our anthology/reading list that deal with this theme. You may need to read each story several times, taking notes as you go. Remember, the theme is your “lens” through which you are now reading the story. 3. Go through each story and mark how the author explores the theme using narrative, character, setting, symbolism, etc., to convey its meaning. Then, write a critical response to the short story/stories; employ as many of the literary terms that we have studied as you legitimately can to present a thorough literary analysis of how the theme “works/doesn’t work” in the story/stories you have selected (as if to enlighten an educated reader about the important aspects of this particular short story.) You must select at least of these techniques. Some of those literary terms are: setting plot characterization conflict symbolism point of view irony tone stereotypes exposition rising action falling action climax foreshadowing flashback protagonist 4. For example, a thesis for “A Good Man is Hard to Find” might be: For “The Cask of the Amontillado,” a thesis might be: . Though not as obvious as the first thesis, the second thesis will focus on narrative/POV and characterization. To use more than one story, you might argue: Another one might be: “ Also note that there is some latitude in assigning meaning to a short story. What I see as the major theme may be different than what you see. The important criterion to keep in mind is: can you prove it? Therefore, you need a thesis because you are arguing for your interpretation of the story. The thesis should not be so obvious that your reader will say “so what?” Don’t settle for trite generalizations. Instead, make a statement which indicates thought and depth, and which requires support and proof. Your goal should be to illuminate for the readers some point that they might not have noticed upon first reading the story. 5. Don’t rely on generalizations about or paraphrases of the story to convince your reader, but provide specific evidence and discuss the importance of that evidence for your thesis. note: you should not insert huge chunks of quotes in your paper and count that against your minimum page length. Roughly 70% of the paper should be your own words and thoughts. 6. . Do not just re-tell the story. Keep your discussion focused on analyzing how the THEME works within the short story to support your reading lens.

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