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.
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 must prove by support from the story. Do not do any research. You may use the Five Elements of a Short Story to assist your thesis. 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 topics are below. The questions with each topic are intentionally broad and need to be narrowed to a workable thesis. Do not attempt to answer every question in the assignment. Simply choose one idea and develop a focused thesis, with appropriate quotes and notation of text for support.
- 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? Use one of the following text: “Young Goodman Brown,” “The Yellow Wallpaper,” “Araby,” “Eveline,” “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings,” “Happy Endings.”
- 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? Use one of the following text: “Young Goodman Brown,” “Araby,” “Eveline,” “The Yellow Wallpaper,” “Happy Ending.”
- 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. Use one of the following text: “Araby,” “Eveline,” “Young Goodman Brown,” “The Yellow Wallpaper,” “Happy Endings,” “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings.”
The essay should be 4 pages, typed and double-spaced, with separate pages for the title page and the Work Cited page. The due date is Tuesday, April 8 at the beginning of class. If you have any questions concerning the paper or the topic, feel free to contact me via email or during office hours.