For this assignment, I would like for you to choose the short story you are going to analyze. Please provide me with the passage (specific passage from the story) you are going to read closely and analyze and begin giving me examples of how you are going to use this passage to demonstrate its importance to the entire short story. “Close Reading Assignment Instructions Due October 13th″.
So, obviously this essay is due next week, but there’s only one draft for this essay, so you need to start to think about and prepare for it this week. Within this folder it tells you that the paper should follow MLA format, be 2 pages, double spaced, 12-point (Times New Roman) font, have a title, be edited, have a works cited page & internal citations, and should be 3rd person only (no “I”, “me”, “you”, “we”, etc.).
A close reading paper will take a piece of writing and, after carefully reading it several times, annotate it and really examine what is being said and the literary elements that are employed throughout. Your job for this essay is to take one of the pieces of literature that we have read so far, (You cannot use Clothes, as there is a sample using this story), and break down the story for the reader.
You will choose a quote (no more than a paragraph long) that is important to the stories plot or overall theme. You will need to include a citation following the quote. After the quote, you will provide an intro paragraph that summarizes the story’s plot, characters, and setting.
You want to go deep enough here so that a reader who has never heard of the story understands it, but not so deep that the summary is a page long. After this paragraph, you need 2-3 paragraphs that explain the importance of the quote in relation to the story (don’t get into literary elements yet). Instead, in these paragraphs tell us what’s happening, why the quote is important to the character or what it tells the reader.
What idea does it portray? After these 2-3 paragraphs, you should have 2-3 paragraphs that break down literary elements. Though these may not be in the actual quote, they should be related back to the quote you chose. So, think about symbolism, theme, characterization, point of view, plot, setting, etc. Then you will need a paragraph conclusion that wraps everything up.
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