Project #56926 - Character Analysis Essay

English 102


Character Analysis Essay


For this essay, you will write an analysis of one character, either major or minor, from your choice of any story listed below:

1.     “Hills Like White Elephants,” by Ernest Hemingway

2.     “War Dances,” by Sherman Alexie

3.     “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” by Raymond Carver

Your thesis statement should make a central claim about the character, and the body of your essay should introduce and support the points that prove your thesis. Any claims you make should be supported with evidence cited from the text.



The paper should be written for an academic audience. You may assume that your readers have already read the story in which your character is found, so excessive summary will not be necessary; however, you will likely need to include VERY brief bits of summary to help lead into or accentuate the points you are trying to make about the character.


Basic Requirements

The essay should be 3 to 5 pages, double-spaced, in 12-point font (Times New Roman or Calibri), with 1 inch margins all around. Use standard MLA formatting, no cover page.



Read and follow these considerations very closely:

1.     Make a central claim about the character that is YOUR OWN conclusion or judgment about the character, and use the text as evidence to back up your claim. Do not simply summarize the character’s function in the plot. And don’t be afraid to move beyond the obvious. Stretch a little; surprise me—but make sure you can support your theories with evidence from the text.

2.     In supporting your central claim, discuss the character’s most important traits and why they are important. You might also explore how your character and his/her traits contribute to the author’s success in conveying the story’s theme(s).

3.     Have a stylistically effective title and introduction that engages the reader and sets up the topic to be discussed, as well as a stylistically effective conclusion that moves beyond mere summary.

4.     Make use of evidence (quotes and reference) from the story to support your claims.

5.     Avoid the use of “I” or “You” unless quoting directly from the story.

6.     Be organized logically so your reader is able to easily follow your argument.

7.     Cite the text properly according to MLA format. A works cited page is not necessary.

8.     Use a style appropriate to the given audience.

9.     Be free of mechanical errors, such as incorrect grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

10.  Do not research. All claims and observations made in this essay should be your own.

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 02/09/2015 02:00 pm
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