Short Story Essay

Instructions

Write a well-developed essay, using MLA format, analyzing the topic listed. Your essay should be 500-550 words in length. Use rubric to assist in understanding how this work will be graded.

 

Find any of the stories listed on the syllabus / course schedule: Failure to select a story from the syllabus will result in a zero on this essay. Pick any one of these below.

  • Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”
  • Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants”
  • Girl by Jamaica Kincaid

 

Write an analysis of the story using 3 essential elements of the story as we have discussed in class (see list below). Some elements that you might consider: plot, setting, character, theme, symbols, narration & point of view. Not everyone will choose to discuss the same elements as it varies depending on which story you choose.

 

Do not use any outside sources other than the short story in our textbook.

 

You are choosing one story and analyzing it using 3 of the elements listed above. Whichever element you select, you are always connecting that element to meaning. Be aware that an essay about plot is NOT a plot summary. Your plot summary, if you must have one, should be no longer than one short paragraph (5-6 sentences).

 

Be sure to use MLA documentation in the form of parenthetical citations and a works cited page (work from an anthology).

 

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