Project #74635 - Essay

Essay 2 is due this week. Write a 500-750 word essay on one of the following topics.

  • In the forum, we discussed how Truman Capote may have affected the story he told. Using the movie and your own research, take a look at how the story may have affected him. Please use credible scholarly sources or the actual film to support your assertions.

 

  • Write a critical analysis of one of the works from weeks 3 or 4. An overview of approaches can be found here, but many are quite straightforward. Psychological, gender, sociological, biographical, and historical are all approaches that many use naturally in viewing a work. However, if your interest lies elsewhere, feel free to choose another approach. Please include your choice of approach in the assignment submission text box.

 

  • Compare and contrast two of the stories from weeks 3 and 4. Be sure that you have isolated a strong and debatable thesis on which to build the essay. Simply pointing out the differences is not analysis. Toward that end, you may want to focus on a specific element of the stories.

 

  • If there's an aspect of the film or stories from these two weeks that particularly interests you, you may choose your own topic, but you must run it by me first to be sure it is headed in an analytical direction.

Your essay should be formatted in MLA style, including double spacing throughout. All sources should be properly cited both in the text and on a works cited page. As with most academic writing, this essay should be written in third person. Please avoid both first person (I, we, our, etc.) and second person (you, your).


In the upper left-hand corner of the paper, place your name, the professor’s name, the course name, and the due date for the assignment on consecutive lines. Double space your information from your name onward, and don't forget a title. All papers should be in Times New Roman font with 12-point type with one-inch margins all the way around your paper. All paragraph indentations should be indented five spaces (use the tab key) from the left margin. All work is to be left justified. When quoting lines in literature, please research the proper way to cite short stories, plays, or poems.

You should use the online APUS library to look for scholarly sources. Be careful that you don’t create a "cut and paste" paper of information from your various sources. Your ideas are to be new and freshly constructed. Also, take great care not to plagiarize.

Whatever topic you choose you will need a debatable thesis. A thesis is not a fact, a quote, or a question. It is your position on the topic. The reader already knows the story; you are to offer him a new perspective based on your observations.

Since the reader is familiar with the story, summary is unnecessary. Rather than tell him what happened, tell him what specific portions of the story support your thesis. The handout on "Literary Analysis" is a must for this aspect of the paper.

 

Assigned Readings Week Three:

“Picture Bride” by Cathy Song in American Literature Since the Civil War
“Woman Hollering Creek” by Sandra Cisneros in American Literature Since the Civil War
“Big Two-Hearted River: Part I and Part II” by Ernest Hemingway in American Literature Since the Civil War
“Two Postures beside a Fire” by James Wright in American Literature Since the Civil War
“El Patron” by Nash Candelaria in American Literature Since the Civil War
or “Government Goat” by Susan Glaspell in Best Short Stories of 1919 (found on Gutenberg.org)

“The Revolt of Mother” by Mary Wilkins freeman from Short Stories for English Courses

Assigned Readings Week Four:

Watch In Cold Blood (caption)

Read one of the following pieces from "Other Perspectives" in American Literature Since the Civil War.

"The Wrysons" by John Cheever

"Going After Cacciato" by Tim O'Brien

"Somewhere for Everyone" by John Grisham

"Good Country People" by Flannery O'Connor

"Sonny's Blues" by James Baldwin

"The Angel Esmerelda" by Don Delillo

 

 

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 06/28/2015 12:00 am
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