Select one of the following topics for discussion in 500-600 words:
1. Chopin’s Louise Mallard or Calixta as a woman trapped in marriage [Choose only one character.]
2. In Chopin’s “The Storm,” the parallel between changes in weather and plot development. How does the storm function as a symbol?
3. The “hereditary estate” in “The Yellow Wallpaper” as prison: Gilman’s use of images and symbols in the setting (both outdoors and indoors) to suggest entrapment.
4. The unreliable narrator’s responses (whether conscious or subliminal) to childhood and children. Why does she conclude that the wallpapered room was once a nursery — and how credible is that assumption?
5. “The Yellow Wallpaper” as social commentary: Gilman’s feminist indictment of nineteenth-century gender roles and the prescribed marital relationship.
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For this assignment, no research is permitted. Do not consult sources, whether print or electronic. You may include ideas borrowed from the textbook or from my lectures, but copying and pasting from my Supplements will be considered plagiarism and penalized accordingly. Appropriate sanctions will be applied in all cases of academic dishonesty.
On the other hand, you should support your ideas with quotations from the story. Place quotation marks around each cited passage; then simply add the page number from the textbook, in parentheses, immediately after the quotation.
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SUGGESTIONS FOR WRITING ABOUT FICTION
1. Literary analysis is an attempt to discover some specific truth about a work and to communicate that discovery to your audience. The object of your essay is to interpret the work, to show that you understand it, not simply that you have read it. Do not merely retell the plot.
2. After reading a short story (or novel), try to develop some insights into the artistry of the work. Consider the plot: What are its most significant events, and how do they form a pattern of rising and falling action? Focus also on characters and setting; then on images, metaphors, and symbols: how are they related to the plot and to each other? Such devices don’t just happen: the author includes them as part of a plan to reveal an idea. Try to determine that purpose and theme.
3. Start drafting by listing your general ideas; arrange and rearrange them until you isolate the single thought that will control your essay: the thesis.
4. Outline the main points that will support your thesis, eliminating all irrelevancies.
5. Write an introductory paragraph that immediately identifies the title and author of the work, leads up to your thesis, presents it clearly and forcefully, and gives some indication of your supporting ideas as well.
6. Develop your thesis in a series of coherent internal paragraphs, each beginning with a clear topic sentence.
7. Use the text as evidence: include quotations for support, placing quotation marks around each passsage, then the page number in parentheses. If you don’t have the assigned texbook, add the paragraph number in parentheses instead. If there are no paragraph numbers, just close the quitation. Make sure that all evidence is relevant to your thesis and to the topic sentence of that particular paragraph.
8. Since literary analysis requires expository, persuasive writing, use an impersonal approach and formal style.
Don’t use the first-person singular pronoun (I) or the second-person pronoun (you): do not refer to yourself, and do not address the reader.
Avoid slang and colloquial expressions. For example, don’t write, “Bibi is a well-adjusted kid who likes hanging out with his dad, though today he’s sor of like worried about his mom.” Instead: “Bibi is a well-adjusted child who likes spending time with his father, though today he is worried about his mother.” Sound like an adult!
9. Remain objective: avoid judmental comments (“Chopin did an excellent job
. . .”) and personal remarks (“At first the story reminded me of Hurricane Irma a couple of years ago, but then it was more like this movie I saw where . . .”).
10. Use present tense to refer to events in the plot and to the strategies and devices employed by the author: “Alcee gallops away” (not “galloped”); “Chopin brings in the place name Assumption” (not “brought”).
11. Write a conclusion reiterating major points but not repeating the thesis or topic sentences verbatim.
Select one of the following topics for discussion in 500-600 words: 1. Chopin’s
Select one of the following topics for discussion in 500-600 words:
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