neighboring farms seem equally cold — cold W r i t i n g

neighboring farms seem equally cold — cold W r i t i n g

ESSAY 1, 500-600 words) is due Feb. 12. Use Times New Roman-14 font. Submit by email as Word.docx attachment. I will not accept PDF, Google.doc or any other format. More detailed instructions will accompany the topics (Session 11).

In Chopin’s “The Storm,” the parallel between changes in weather and plot development. How does the storm function as a symbol?

For this assignment, no research is permitted. Do not consult sources, whether print or electronic. You may include ideas borrowed from the textbook introductions or from my lectures, but direct copying and pasting from the lectures will be considered plagiarism and penalized accordingly. Appropriate sanctions will be applied in all cases of academic dishonesty.

On the other hand, you must support your ideas with quotations from the story. Place quotation marks around each cited passage; then simply add the page number from the textbook, in parentheses, immediately after the quotation.

At the upper left corner of your first page (but NOT within the header), type your name (first and last), followed by ENC 1102 with your class reference number, Topic No. _____, and the due date: February 12, 2021.

Font: 14-point Times New Roman. Also required is a one-inch margin on every side. Please DOUBLE-SPACE.LECTURE: SUGGESTIONS FOR WRITING ABOUT FICTION

1. Remember that literary analysis is an attempt to discover some specific truth about a work and to communicate that discovery to your audience. The object of your essay is to interpret the work, to show that you understand it, not simply that you have read it. Do not merely retell the plot.

2. After reading a short story or novel, try to develop some insights into the artistry of the work. Consider the plot: What are its most significant events, and how do they form a pattern of rising and falling action? Focus also on characters and setting; then on images, metaphors, and symbols: how are they related to the plot and to each other? Such devices don’t just happen: the author includes them as part of a plan to reveal an idea. Try to determine that purpose and theme.

3. List your general ideas; arrange and rearrange them until you isolate the single thought that will control your essay as its thesis.

4. Outline the main points that will support your thesis, eliminating all irrelevancies.

5. Write an introductory paragraph that immediately identifies the title and author of the work to be discussed, leads up to your thesis, presents it clearly and forcefully, and gives some indication of your supporting ideas as well.*

6. Develop your thesis in a series of coherent internal paragraphs, each beginning with a clear topic sentence.

7. Use the text as evidence: include quotations for support, placing quotation marks around each passsage, then the page number in parentheses. If you don’t have the texbook and downloaded the storu, add the paragraph number in parentheses instead. If there are no paragraph numbers, just close the quitation. Make sure that all evidence is relevant to your thesis and to the topic sentence of that particular paragraph.

8. Since literary analysis requires expository, persuasive writing, use an impersonal approach and formal style.
Don’t use the first-person singular pronoun (I) or the second-person pronoun (you).
Avoid slang and colloquial expressions. For example, don’t write, “Bibi is a well-adjusted kid who likes hanging out with his dad, though today he’s like worried about his mom.” Instead: “Bibi is a well-adjusted child who likes spending time with his father, though today he is worried about his mother.” Sound like an adult.

9. Remain objective: avoid judmental comments (“Chopin did an excellent job . . .”) and personal remarks (“At first the story reminded me of Hurricane Irma a couple of years ago, but then it was more like this movie I saw where . . .”).

10. Use present tense to refer to events in the plot and to the strategies and devices employed by the author: “Alcee gallops away” (not galloped); “Chopin brings in the name Assimption” (not brought).

11. Write a conclusion reiterating major points but not repeating the thesis or topic sentences verbatim.


*Sample introductory paragraphs:

1. The value a person places upon himself or herself is largely determined by the value others give to that person. Those who grow up loved and cherished learn to feel worthwhile and develop a healthy sense of self. On the other hand, those who have never known love soon come to see themselves as worthless. Such an emotionally starved person is Mrs. Jake Grimes of Sherwood Anderson’s “Death in the Woods,” for she is a woman who has been denied any love or tenderness; she exists only to be used.

2. Sometimes we meet people who seem so shut off from the world and from others that we begin to wonder how they survive. We are tempted to judge these people as hard or unfeeling because they are difficult to know. They may have grown up without the nurturing necessary for human development. A lack of caring can permanently distort personality. Sherwood Anderson describes a closed-in, distorted personality in the character of Mrs. Jake Grimes in “Death in the Woods.” She is a woman who has been denied any love or tenderness; she exists only to be used.

3. Sherwood Anderson’s “Death in the Woods” is a story about different kinds of coldness. Most of it is set in a lonely woods in winter, and the freezing weather and snow add to the chill. The inhabitants of the small town at the edge of the woods and those on the neighboring farms seem equally cold —cold-hearted, remote, and unfeeling. The chief victim of this frozen world is the story’s protagonist, Mrs. Jake Grimes. She is a woman who has suffered all her life from a lack of human warmth. She has been denied any love or tenderness; she exists only to be used.

4. Sherwood Anderson’s short stories often focus on characters we would hardly notice in real life. He writes about insignificant people, people who are often shy or unattractive, lacking in manners, confidence, or charm. Frequently, Anderson reveals the hidden value of such insignificant people, their true nature and worth. Such characters have to struggle to maintain their inner worth because the world has not given them much love or compassion. A good example of this type of character is Mrs. Jake Grimes of “Death in the Woods.” She is a woman who has been denied any love or tenderness; she exists only to be used.