In this assignment, you will demonstrate your understanding of literary analysis. You will choose one of the following short stories (full texts on eCampus) and write an analysis of the story.
Your literary analysis must include:
Be careful not to simply summarize the story. Your job is to interpret the story to find a deeper meaning or offer a new way to view the story (that is make the implicit explicit).
General questions for consideration when analyzing:
Choose one (links to full texts below):
Anzia Yezierska’s “Soap and Water”
Isaac Asimov’s “The Feeling of Power”
Gabrial Garcia Marquez’s “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World”
Tim O’Brien’s “On the Rainy River”
Length: 3-4 pages, not including the Works Cited page.
Style: Essay needs to conform to MLA standards, including double spacing in Times New Roman font, and must include a Works Cited page with correct in-text (parenthetical) citations for all quotes, paraphrases, and/or summaries.
Sources: Do NOT use sources that offer an explanation/interpretation of the story, but you may use sources to offer context for the story. In other words, do not search “What does Harrison Bergeron mean?” You must create your own interpretation! While you can use sources for context, they are not required.