Assignment: Literary Analysis – Essay 2
The essay, in its final form, should be 3 – 4 pages long, typed according to the format requirements mentioned in the course syllabus. In addition, a correctly formatted Works Cited page listing 1 – 2 secondary sources selected from critical essays related to the primary text must be attached to the essay.Remember to use present tense verbs when writing about literature. Also, the use of in-text citations following direct quotes taken from primary source (the reading assignment) and secondary sources (critical essays about the reading assignment) is mandatory.
Write an essay in which you analyze one (or two) of the selections of short fiction that was assigned up to and including this week’s readings which include: Ellison’s “Flying Home,” Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues,” and Ann Petry’s “Like a Winding Sheet.” In your discussion, thoroughly discuss a theme or symbol in the reading selection(s), or analyze a character from the story or stories. Organize the essay in the following manner: the other chooses of reading 1- Excerpt from Brown's Clotel, or The President's Daughter 2- Chesnutt's "The Wife of His Youth" and "Po' Sandy" 3- Man Excerpt from Fauset's Plum Bum: a Novel without a Moral 4- Excerpt from Johnson's the Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man 5-Excerpt from McKay's Home to Harlem 6- Hurston's "Sweat" and "The Gilded Six-Bits" 7- Toomer's "Blood Burning Moon" 8- McKay's sonnet "If We Must Die" 9- Excerpt from Schuyler's novel Black No More 10- Selected poems of Langston Hughes
o Introduce (each) story’s title and author
o Briefly introduce the aspect of the story that you plan to analyze (i.e. a theme, a symbol or use of characterization)
o End with a thesis statement that will be used to “anchor” your discussion. This is the main observation about the selection that you will make in the essay. You may recall from our class discussions regarding how to write about literature that the thesis of a literary analysis essay should answer a question you have asked about the selection(s).
§ Body Paragraphs
o Analyze each story, focusing on the thesis that you are advancing in your essay, and avoiding too much plot summary
o Highlight evidence from the reading that helps you support the thesis you are advancing in your essay.
o Incorporate direct quotes from the reading selection and secondary sources throughout the body paragraphs. Limit your use of direct quotes to no more than two per page.
o End the essay with a paragraph or two that summarize the main points you have made in your analysis of the reading selection(s). Oftentimes, the final sentence in a literary analysis is universal truth: some reflection that you, the writer, offer which holds true not just for the fiction you are writing about, but for all of humanity.
Use of Secondary Sources
As mentioned above, you must incorporate a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 2 secondary sources in your discussion. As a note, Spark Notes, Wikipedia, and any version of a website that summarizes a book or short story are not considered secondary sources. Nor is a dictionary considered a secondary source. Instead, use quotes from scholarly sources books, book chapters, essays, online websites, or journal articles written about the fiction you are discussing. Of course, direct quotes from the reading selection may be used; in fact, I encourage their use.
-choose one ore two of the reading that i mentioned that above
- no plagiarism
- the writing should be following MLA style
- you will find the mentioned reading online
|Due By (Pacific Time)
||04/21/2016 12:00 am