Your assignment for Essay #3 is to write a 750 – 1,000 word literary analysis about ONE of the following texts we have read in class using Psychoanalysis, Feminism, Historical Perspectives, or Cultural Perspectives. DO NOT choose the same work you wrote about in Essay #1 or Essay #2.
Kate Chopin, “The Story of an Hour”
Shirley Jackson, “The Lottery”
Langston Hughes, “Harlem”
Stacey Waite, “The Kind of Man I Am at the DMV”
Alice Walker, “Everyday Use”
William Faulkner, “A Rose for Emily”
Edgar Allan Poe, “The Cask of Amontillado”
Susan Glaspell, TriflesSandra Cisneros, “Woman Hollering Creek”
Owen Wilfred, “Dulce et Decorum Est”
ee cummings, “next to of course god america I”
Danez Smith, “Dinosaurs in the Hood” and/or “not an elegy for Mike Brown”The Critical LensIn Essay #3, your argumentative thesis statement must also include a critical lens – Psychoanalysis, Feminism, Historical Perspectives, or Cultural Perspectives.How exactly does this work? First, we need to pick out what literary work we want to write about. Next, think about your interpretation of the work. Do you have a feminist reading of the work? A psychoanalysis reading? Do you think the time period in which the work was written and the events happening during that time period influenced the literary work? Or maybe you think that the culture of time period lends weight to a specific interpretation?
You can choose any interpretation from the ones listed above. Once you have determined your interpretation of the work, consider how the elements of literature – the ones we studied at the beginning of class (plot, setting, character, symbolism, theme, sound, etc.) – back up your interpretation. For example, we could pick Trifles and argue that the women characters use their knowledge of women’s cultures, particularly women’s lives inside the home, to solve John Wright’s murder when the men cannot. It’s because the women know to pay attention to the trivial items – the state of the kitchen, the bad sewing, and the contents of the sewing basket – that they solve the crime.
Please note that you do not have to use the specific critical lens that we studied in the online module with a particular literary work. For example, you could argue that Langston Hughes’ “Harlem” is influenced by the reality of segregation in early twentieth-century America.Your thesis statement must be argumentative. In other words, your thesis statement must meet both criteria: Someone can disagree with you.You can back up what you are saying with summaries, paraphrases, and quotations from the text. Please remember that there is no right way to interpret a text. I am interested in your ability to generate an argument, articulate that argument, and support it up with sufficient, relevant examples from the text AND three scholarly sources.
Essay #3 REQUIRES you to SELECT and USE THREE scholarly sources found in the IRSCLibrary Databases. Other sources WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. If you have trouble locating a source, your course librarian is there to help. Ask for help if you need it!Remember, you must use all three scholarly sources in your essay. Your options include quotations, paraphrases, or summaries taken from the scholarly sources. Follow the Quote Sandwich method to properly integrate the outside source, and don’t forget to include the in-text citation. Simply placing a scholarly source on the Works Cited page DOES NOT COUNT as using the source.Your paper MUST include the following:
An argumentative thesis statement.Sufficient Evidence from the literary text and both scholarly sources. oThere are three ways to incorporate examples from the text: Summarize (condense parts of the text into a shorter form).Quote. Paraphrase (putting a sentence(s) in your own words). oUse the quote sandwich method to incorporate quotations into your paper both from the literary text itself and the required scholarly sources.A Structure that facilitates ease of readingoIncorporate all the elements of introductions, bodies, and conclusions (See the Structure Handout under Writing Resources on Blackboard)Examples Include:Thesis StatementBlueprintTopic Sentences Transitions
Proper MLA formatting including a separate Works Cited page at the end of your paper that lists your chosen literary work as a “Work from an Anthology” in our textbook and your scholarly source as “Scholarly Journal from an Online Database”oPlease consult the MLA Quick Reference Guide for instructions on how to properly format your Works Cited entry. To help you produce your best work, you will plan your essay using the Essay Planning Worksheet. Please see the Essay #3 Planning Worksheet Instructions for step-by-step instructions. Many find it helpful to organize your thoughts before you begin writing. You will plot out your topic sentences for each body paragraph, the evidence you intend to use in each body paragraph (including evidence from your scholarly sources), your title, and your conclusion in this worksheet.How you will be evaluated:
Please consult the ENC 1102 Essay Grading Rubric posted on Blackboard. Please note that the required Works Cited page DOES NOT COUNT as part of the 750 – 1,000 word requirement. Rhetorical Situation:Audience: Fellow Classmates who have a passing familiarity with the literary work. Purpose: To reveal something new or gain a new understanding of the literary work. Tone: Conversational, but not full of slang, contractions, or clichés. Moderately formal.Tips for writing a literary analysis:Use the present tense when discussing literature or quoting from a scholarly source: “Martin Luther King Jr. uses numerous references to historical American documents in his speech.”Never use the word “thing” in any form (something, nothing, anything). Avoid vague references to “people.” Who are these people? Say who they actually are instead of referring to them generally.
Never use second person: You/your/you’re.Do not retell the entire work because simple retelling is not analysis. Only retell the parts that back up what you are arguing.Do not use clichés, trite expressions, or overly used phrases. Be original. Use your own words instead and choose specific language wherever possible.Avoid unnecessary or inappropriate use of the passive voice. Make the subjects of the sentences do the action of the verbs. Generalizations need to be backed up with evidence from the text either through direct quotations, paraphrasing, or summarizing. For example, if you write that a character was well-liked, you must then give specific details from the text that show why he was well-liked. Make sure your essay has a unique title that relates to your topic.
It should be centered above the body of the paper. Do not put essay titles in quotation marks, nor underline them. Capitalize all the important words in your title.Titles of short stories or journal articles referenced in the paper are put in quotation markswhile titles of books or plays are underlined or italicized. DO NOT use words and phrases such as “obviously” or “it seems” or “it’s easily understood that.” You must prove what you are saying to your reader.DO NOT refer to the reader: “The reader understands the tension building in the story.”
It is impossible to know what every reader is thinking and guessing at what readers think is not analysis. Make sure you introduce the author and title of the work you will be writing about in the introductory paragraph. DO NOT tell the reader what you are going to do. Instead, just do it. For example, don’t do the following: “This essay will examine irony.” Or “In conclusio