|Due Date: Week
Write a three-page typed essay analyzing
a literary motif (element) in "from
‘Three Dirges"' selected from one of the following topics:
a) the development of theme
b) use of time
c) point of view
e) image/symbol patterns
Structure of the Essay
The paper should be organized as a traditional
thesis-support essay. The thesis should make a claim about the element
you select from the list above. Here's an example:
The shifts in time in "from 'Three Dirges"'
play an essential role in creating the main tension of the story.
Content of the Essay
Assuming the familiarity of the reader
with the story, the essay should avoid a summary of the narrative line
and focus on supporting the thesis. Use short quotations worked into the
text of your own analytical sentences to provide support for the paragraphs.
You may also bring into the discussion any
relevant outside information as long as you cite the source within
your paragraphs. Each topic sentence should be a claim that adds support
to your thesis.
Format of the Essay
The essay should be three to four pages
long, making use of short quotations from the literature in support of
your observations. Key-in the essay into the computer and save it
to your floppy disks. Each line should be double- spaced with only a single
double space between each paragraph. Block only those quotations longer
than four lines of your text.
Criteria for Grading
Your paper will be graded according to
the following standards:
1) Development - Does the essay satisfactorily
develop the thesis and meet the minimum page requirement?
2) Organization - Does the essay reflect
the thesis-support format?
3) Use of Source - Does the essay make
use of important supporting passages in the short story? Are all references
to the store correctly documented?
4) Style - Does the essay reflect diction
and syntax appropriate to a literary analysis?
5) Correctness - Does the essay reflect
mastery of basic writing conventions (spelling, punctuation, grammar, usage)?
You will find in this site a sample essay
to give you a better idea about how to organize and develop your paper.
here to go to the sample essay.
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John R. Pointer
English 2326: 9543
February 20, 2001
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