English 102 – 2nd Essay: Short Story
Write an analysis essay on one story based on one of the topics below. Use only a story we have read in class: “Young Goodman Brown,” “The Yellow Wallpaper,” “Araby,” “Eveline,” “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings,” or “Happy Endings.”
Below are possible topic ideas. Choose one of the topics. The topics are intentionally broad and need to be narrowed to a workable thesis. Do not just answer the question in the assignment, but use the questions as a guide for your essay.
- Write a critical essay on how one of the stories is told by the author and perceived by the reader. Consider the 3rd person narrator, as seemingly objective (as in “Young Goodman Brown”) or the “stream of consciousness” of the character (“Eveline”). Or focus on the 1st person narrator’s “reliability” as in “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “Araby.” How does the process of story-telling influence the reading of the narrative?
- Consider the relationships between men and women in one of the stories. How are women portrayed in the work? How do these portrayals reflect or conflict with society’s view of women, be they traditional or contemporary? How are men portrayed in the work? Do these portrayals show a misunderstanding or even a distrust of women?
- To what degree does a character in one of the stories have control over his/her situation? Think about whether the character is being controlled by forces, by God or by others, or if he/she just makes bad decisions (or no decisions at all). You may even consider characters whose lives are being ruled by social norms or by authority figures.
Your introduction must include a summary (one sentence only) of the story. The summary should include the title of the story and the name of the author.
For your body paragraphs, you may use the Five Elements of a Short Story to assist your thesis. Use only the story as your grounds (support). Do not do any research. You also need to show warrants (explanations of the relationship between your grounds and your thesis statement). Also, do not summarize the whole story again in the body paragraphs. Instead, do a close reading on a particular section of a story.
The essay must be at least five pages and must be typed and double-spaced. It must include a title page, a Work Cited page, and the proper MLA citations (the title page and the Work Cited page are not included in the five pages). Also, do not use the first-person or the second-person in your paper.
The essay is due on Tuesday, April 14.