Theme Identification through Character Analysis of Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin
Theme is defined as the meaning found in a literary work. It is different from the subject because theme is actually revealed through a subject, character, or plot. Theme helps the reader better understand some aspect of the human experience.
Please extract a universal message (theme) from careful analysis of one of McCann’s characters. Carefully reread sections of the novel that focus on your particular character of interest. Underline passages that speak to you. Create a thesis statement (argument) based on what you learn from this character’s actions, experiences and / or perspective.
Your paper should include the following:
• Thesis statement with author’s name, text title, and clear assertion
• Evidence from the text with pertinent quotations
• Reasonable interpretations
• Interesting insight
• Convincing arguments
• Good writing
• MLA format for documentation
• Works Cited page
Do not repeat word choice or points. Do not argue the obvious (i.e. Drugs destroy lives. Crime is bad. People should drive carefully. Prostitution is bad.) Do not write less than two pages. Please dazzle your reader with your fascinating insights!
Who do you find most interesting in the text?
Whose behaviors are baffling? Whose principles are most challenging? Why?
What have you learned? What themes emerge
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