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Literary Analysis Paper
This paper will be a specific analysis of one or more pieces of literature. Focus on an argument with a definite thesis in mind. Use quotations and examples from the literature as support. If outside resources are used, you must submit copies of that research and/or specific web sites. You must include a Works Cited page at the end of the paper and use specific MLA style. Remember that TurnItIn.com will be used to prevent plagiarism. These papers must be 4-6 pages long and must be presented to the class and turned in on the date scheduled for discussion of the literature.
Directions: This paper is a critical analysis of the literature that we are studying. You may choose from any of the literature included in your textbook. Focus your argument on one aspect of the text.
Purpose: A critical analysis is an argument. Focus on a specific thesis and prove your point through examples and quotations from the literature as well as some research.
Length: The paper should be four to six pages double spaced.
Requirements: If outside sources are used, copies of those sources must be provided. The paper should follow proper MLA form including a Works Cited page. A copy of the paper must also be handed in on disk.
Reminders: This paper should not be a summary of the literature. Do not re-state the plot. Assume that your reader has read the material. Use present tense when writing about literature.
Support: Support your thesis with specific examples and quotes from the text. Use a good handbook or the MLA web site for proper form and mechanics. Use MLA form for all papers.
Research: The text must be quoted as support. One outside source is also required. Sparknotes, Classic Notes, or Wikipedia are not suitable resources.
Presentation: Each student will present a short (200 word) presentation of the ideas in your paper through Blackboard. Score: The paper will be graded using the following criteria: argument, literary analysis, organization, support, presentation, mechanics, and format. Pay close attention to MLA form for your in-text citations and your Works Cited page.
Note: A thesis is an original argument--something which you wish to prove through evidence. A thesis should not be accepted common knowledge. For instance, you would not argue that Edgar Allen Poe uses the raven as a symbol in “The Raven.” A good thesis might argue that Poe uses the raven to symbolize the speaker’s death wish. A theme is a topic of discussion such as “survival” or “isolation.”
Literary Analysis Paper—Additional Information
Thesis: Focus on a specific thesis, an argument that you can write in one sentence. A thesis is not the same as a moral. You should not try to prove something for all humanity. Just argue a point about one or more selections from our readings. Some sample thesis statements are listed below.
• While both Beowulf and King Arthur are strong heroes, Arthur proves himself to be a better leader.
• Ben Jonson shows much more emotion about the death of his son in “On My First Son” than he does about his daughter in “On My First Daughter.”
• Shakespeare uses “Sonnet 130” not only to praise his love, but also to attack the stereotypes of beauty and sonnets.
Topics: Some possible topics are listed below, but you may develop a topic of your own. Review your notes and responses to look for a possible subject.
• Write about changes in heroes/villains over time.
• Develop an essay about differences in the portrayal of love.
• Show how authors use literature to advance political beliefs.
• Analyze an author’s use of a particular literary device such as symbolism or satire.
• Write about the influence of nature in the writings of one of the Romantic poets.
• Compare and contrast two carpe diem poems.
• Explain how the structure of a poem affects its meaning.
• Compare and contrast the works of two women writers.
• Write about the lessons learned by a character.
Support: You must support the essay with quotes from the literary work. You may also use research to help support your thesis. Use correct MLA form for all quotations. You must include a Works Cited page.
You will submit your paper in two locations when it is ready to turn in. Do not wait until the last minute to submit the paper. Save the paper in Microsoft Word. The file name should be your last name and paper 2. (For example: Smithpaper2)
1. Submit the paper through the Assignment section of Blackboard.
2. You will also submit your paper through Turnitin.com.
Sept. 18, T Response #7—Spenser, The Faerie Queene—pp. 365-423 and Sonnets 67 and 75—p. 436-437
Sept. 20, Th Response #8—Raleigh, “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd”—pp. 447-448 and
Sidney, Astrophel and Stella, #1, 2, and 31—pp. 449-452, 453 and Marlowe,
“The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”—pp. 458-460 and
Shakespeare, Sonnets 18, 29, 30, 73, 116, 130—pp. 493-509
Sept. 25, T Response #9— Donne, “The Flea,” “The Good Morrow,” “Song,” “The Canonization
“A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning,” “Death, Be Not Proud,” “Batter My Heart,”
“Meditation 17”—pp. 600-628 and Wroth, Pamphilia to Amphilanthus—pp. 650-654
Sept. 27, Th Response #10—Jonson, “On My First Daughter,” “On My First Son,” “To the Memory of My Beloved, The Author, Mr. William Shakespeare”—pp. 638-648 and Herbert,
“Easter Wings”—p. 661 and Philips, “On the Death of My First and Dearest Child, Hector Philips”—p. 675
Oct. 2, T Response #11—Herrick, “Delight in Disorder,” and “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time”— pp.665-670 and Marvell, “To His Coy Mistress”—p. 677 and Lovelace,
“To Lucasta, Going to the Wars”—p. 670
Oct. 4, Th Response #12—Milton, “When I Consider How My Light Is Spent,” and
Paradise Lost, Book 1— p. 722, pp. 725-743; Review for Midterm Exam
Oct. 9, T Midterm Exam
Oct. 11, Th Response #13—Shakespeare, “Twelfth Night”
Oct. 16, T Response #14—Shakespeare, “Twelfth Night”
Oct. 18, Th Response #15—Montagu, “The Lover: A Ballad”—pp. 1197-1199 and
Behn, “The Disappointment” —922-927 and Johnson, “The Preface to
Shakespeare”—p. 1297-1306 and Dryden, “A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day”—pp. 911-913
Oct. 23, T Response #16—Swift, “A Modest Proposal” —pp. 1114-1120; Gulliver’s Travels,
Part 1—pp. 979-1016
Oct. 25, Th Response #17—Boswell, “Fear of Death”—p. 1327 and Gray, “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”—pp. 13332-1335 and Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano—pp. 1340-1349 and Burney, “First Journal Entry”—p. 1349-1352 Week Eleven
Oct. 30, T Response #18 —Blake, “The Lamb” and “The Tyger”—p. 1412 and p. 1420 and Burns,
“To a Louse” and “A Red, Red Rose”—p. 1447 and p. 1454 and Wollstonecraft,
“A Vindication of the Rights of Woman”—pp. 1459-1462 and Wordsworth, W.
“Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey,” “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” “Composed upon Westminster Bridge,” “It Is a Beauteous Evening,” “London, 1802,” “The World Is Too Much With Us”—pp. 1491-1495, 1537, 1548-1550 and
Wordsworth, D. “Thoughts on My Sick-Bed”—p. 1608
Nov. 1, Th Response #19—Coleridge, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” “Kubla Khan”—1615-1634;
Nov. 6, T Response #20—Lord Byron, “She Walks in Beauty,” “When We Two Parted,” “So, We’ll Go No More a Roving”—pp. 1676, 1678, 1680 and Shelley, “Ozymandias,” p. 1741 and Mary Shelley
Nov. 8, Th Response #21—Keats, “When I Have Fears that I May Cease to Be,” “La Belle Dame sans Merci,” “Sonnet to Sleep,” “Ode on a Grecian Urn”—p. 1830, 1840, 1842, and 1847
Browning, E., “How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways”—p. 1927 and
Browning, R., “Porphyria’s Lover,” “My Last Duchess,” “Prospice”—p. 2054 and 2058
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