Short Story Analysis

The purpose of this essay is to analyze a reading. You will learn about explication and analysis in this unit. Your main goal is to come up with a sharp analytical thesis about ideas in the text and the writer’s literary techniques. Then, you will craft a well-organized essay supporting your thesis. 

Although you may use some research for your weekly assignments to help you explicate and analyze the literature, this essay should not include outside source material. The content should be derived from your own analysis, based on class discussions and your own observations. Again, do not conduct research for this assignment. The only text you will cite is the short story in your textbook.

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Review the sample essay here: U2 Sample Essay

Requirements and Options: 

For this assignment, you may choose from the following short stories:

  • “Where are You Going? Where have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates
  • “Araby” by James Joyce
  • “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver

You are not allowed to include any outside research or source material. (No research material permitted–just you and the primary text.)

You must cite the primary text (story) in correct MLA format with parenthetical citations and a works cited page.

Your final revised essay must be between 900 – 1200 words in correct MLA format (about 3-5 pages)