In-Class Essay: Character Study

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Lit/Lang 3: Character Study In-Class Essay

Analyze one or both of the characters in the stories we read: “A Pair of Silk Stockings” and “The Story of an Hour.” Discuss the motivations behind their actions and  make an evaluative claim about the end of the story (like we discussed in seminar).

Single Character Essay:

Paragraph 1: Introduce the story with a short summary.

Paragraph 2:  Analyze one component of the character / analyze one character.  You cannot get an “A” on this assignment without quoting from the selections.  Move beyond summary and into analysis.  Pick quotes that give specific motivations behind the character’s actions & explain why.  Don’t just summarize the story – we already did that in seminar.  Pick the story apart.

Paragraph 3: Analyze another component of the character / analyze the second character.  You cannot get an “A” on this assignment without quoting from the selections.  Move beyond summary and into analysis.  Pick quotes that give specific motivations behind the character’s actions & explain why.  Don’t just summarize the story – we already did that in seminar.  Pick the story apart.

Paragraph 4: Discuss how & these authors’ texts are alike or different (something we didn’t get to do in seminar). Use a quote or example from each story – again, don’t resummarize, but pick one detail from each story to focus on.

Paragraph 5: Conclude your paper (tell me what you’ve told me and leave me with a final ‘ah ha’ thought).  Talk a bit about the role of women, the constraints of society at the time, the moral dilemmas and internal struggles these women exemplify, etc.

DOUBLE-SPACE
WRITE ONLY ON ONE SIDE OF THE PAGE
STAPLE THIS PROMPT TO THE FRONT WITH YOUR NAME ON IT

 

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