What is important to understand here is that you are going to create a thesis statement based off of your own interpretation of the material. You need to not overthink this assignment. The professor is expecting to see a focused, refined argument in support of a thesis statement based off your critical/literary analysis of the text. You can do character analysis, character comparison, thematic analysis, or any other number of avenues you can think of.
Do not simply summarize the story; that is not analysis. MLA Style Parenthetical Citations must be used (no block quoting). An MLA Style Work Cited page is required. Additional Information: Create a unique title for your paper. You must use Times New Roman font at size 12. The paper must be double spaced. Paragraph format is required. Remember, when writing a supporting paragraph, follow these steps: 2-3 sentences to introduce your point, a citation from the source material that backs up your point, then 2-3 sentences explaining how the citation backs up your point (this is called synthesis).
Grading System: MLA Style Work Cited Page = 10 points Correct use of in-text parenthetical citations = 10 points Grammar = 10 points Context (style, argument, etc.) = 70 points If you do not meet the minimum paragraph requirement (ten), your paper will be lowered to a 70 before the professor even begins reading. MLA Parenthetical Citation Examples: For The Epic of Gilgamesh – “[insert quote]” (1. 1) this shows that you cited from Tablet 1, line 1
Note: Gilgamesh are written in verse, so when you cite and come to a line break, please use the forward slash – / – when writing out a direct quote in order to indicate said line break. For Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali – “[insert quote]” (1) this shows that you cited from page 1 Work Cited Page Guide: For your Work Cited page on each of your Critical Analysis Paper The Epic of Gilgamesh. Translated by Andrew George, Penguin Books, 2000
Write a ten-paragraph paper (with an introduction, eight supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion). These assignments are close readings aka you will only cite (quote/paraphrase) from the assigned texts. You will not be citing from outside sources. Critical Analysis Paper #1 – The Epic of Gilgamesh