Analytical Essay

Analytical Essay
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For the first essay, you must choose one of the short stories provided in the short story readings folder or Focus on either setting, point of view, or character development.

This essay is ANALYTICAL. IT IS NOT A SUMMARY. Don’t retell the story; assume your reader has read it. Check your calendar for the due date!  Your essay should have the following components:

Your essay must have these components: (1) an introduction(2) body(3) conclusion(4) thesis statement(5) good development(6) topic sentences, and (7) transition words. Your paper must be double-spaced, two full pages (about 600 words), and written in 12 point font. You must cite your main source (primary source), incorporate and cite 1 secondary source from the library databases, and adhere to MLA style formatting.

– YOU MUST DO RESEARCH to aid you in writing this assignment, and you must use proper MLA documentation that accurately credits your sources.

-For this assignment, a secondary source is one that discusses or analyzes your chosen story. Many academic journals contain articles that discuss short stories. You must locate your secondary sources from the library databases (such as Gale Literary Databases, Academic Search Complete, Literature Resource Center, Gale Virtual Reference Library).

Secondary sources such as Shmoop, Cliff’s Notes, SparkNotes,, Wiki anything, and ARE UNACCEPTABLE. Your secondary source must come from an academic journal or published book.


-The turn-it-in drop box is set up to allow you to rewrite over the submissions as many times as you need to prior to the drop box close date/time to allow you to make revisions after reviewing the results it provides. If you submit an essay with plagiarism in it, your instructor will determine the consequences, which could be as much as a 0 on the assignment or dismissal from the course.

-Primary Source:  The piece of literaure in the anthology textbook you are analyzing is your primary source.

-Secondary Sources:  The literary criticism found in the Literary Reference Center in GALILEO is the secondary source.   You may use more than one secondary source. 2 secondary sources is the minimum required for this assignment.

– Use MLA FORMAT (Times New Roman 12; double spaced; 1 inch margin; heading; header with last name page number inserted using header function).

– You must use quotations from both the literature selection you are analyzing AND from one of your two secondary sources (minimum). Use correct in-text formatting. Remember that quotations must connect to your words and cannot stand alone in the essay.

– When quoting from a story, you use the author and page number in the parentheses. When quoting poetry, you must use the space/space format between lines of the poem and put the line number in the parentheses.


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