Research paper needs to be 1500-1700 words. attached is the rubric/prompt with everything that needs to be included in the essay and what the essay is about. The paper and everything must be in MLA and the Works cited must be in MLA format. The story that I chose from the list is “The Story of an Hour” by Chopin. attached i have provided a PDF of the story so you can cite the lines correctly. It must include 6 sources, one being the book which the story is from. The other 5 sources must be from the Blinn library catalog, attached is how to access the library catalog, and you will need a login which is…. U: garrett.hermes42 P: 012899 …. The sources need to be under “Criticism and Interpretation” or “History and Criticism” as stated on the attached “library catalog”.
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LITERARY RESEARCH ESSAY ON FICTION
For this essay, you must work with one or two of the twenty stories on the list below. (I excluded the
sixteen stories from the anthology without many sources in the library databases and The Yellow
Wallpaper, which is the topic of the sample essays.) You have two options:
Option 1: Choose one story from the list and write an extended argument about an intriguing
aspect of the story; in other words, provide a detailed close reading that interprets the text in some
way. Support your argument with five secondary sources.
Option 2: Choose two stories from the list that you believe have some interesting similarities, and
write a comparison argument that ties the stories together. Ideally, your essay should argue that the
storiesdespite their obvious differencescommunicate a similar theme. Support your argument
with four secondary sources.
Whichever option you choose, you will write an essay that makes an original, cohesive argument
about the primary text(s). As always, I encourage you to write about theme as you ask yourself what
meaning or significance you find in the text(s), but I strongly encourage you to do so for Option 2;
otherwise, you risk making a list of similarities and differences without ever getting to a so what.)
Something to consider: both options have pros and cons. Closely reading one story is easier than closely
reading two; however, writing a 1500-word analysis of just one text can be difficult. Having two stories
as the basis for your essay ensures youll have plenty to say, and writing a comparison creates its own
argument. Please weigh your options carefully, and make a decision that plays to your strengths as a
reader and writer.
Open with an introduction that gets the readers attention and provides context for your analysis of
the text(s). You can assume that your audience has read the literary text(s), so dont explain the
State a clear, well-formulated thesis as the last sentence of the introduction, announcing your
purpose in writing and the argument you will make about the text(s). If you need a two-paragraph
introduction, thats okay; just put your thesis at the end of the second paragraph.
Organize body paragraphs clearly and effectively with useful topic sentences and logical transitions
between ideas to guide your readers and clarify your train of thought. For option 2, spend
approximately equal time on both stories and discuss them point-by-point; do not use block
organization; see pp. 1273-74 of the Norton anthology for a sample outline for point-by-point
Provide textual evidence from the text(s) as well as evidence from secondary sources to support all
your claims. Most of the time, you should quote the primary source (the story) to show your readers
what you see but paraphrase the secondary sources to demonstrate that you understood the articles.
(See source requirements below.) Avoid long quotations of more than 4 typed lines of prose.
Provide thorough analysis of all evidence, both from the primary and the secondary sources.
Demonstrate why the evidence is significant and how the evidence supports your topic sentences.
Think critically about all evidence, and try to move beyond the obvious and superficial to a deeper
understanding of the text(s).
End with a conclusion that summarizes/synthesizes your argument and explains the significance or
the implications of your argument to your reader (the so what of your essay).
This is a formal essay; utilize Standard English grammar. Avoid first- and second-person POV.
The essay must be 1500-1750 words, not including the Works Cited page (see the Word Count
policy in the syllabus). The paper should be typed in 12-point Times New Roman or 12-point
Cambria font, be double-spaced, and have 1-inch margins. You must follow MLA format for the
heading, pagination, internal (parenthetical) documentation, and the Works Cited page.
In addition to using quotations from the text(s) to support your claims, you must use information and
ideas from secondary sources, which you will carefully integrate into your essay (typically by
paraphrasing). It must be clear that you have read/understood the sources.
Option 1 requires five secondary sources; Option 2 requires four secondary sources.
All secondary sources must be scholarly sources; this means either articles from academic journals
or chapters from academic books. No other sources qualify.
All secondary sources must be from the Blinn Library or another college library and must have an
All secondary sources must be critical articles or critical essays. Do not use any abstracts,
summaries, book reviews, or overviews, even academic ones (pay careful attention when searching
Gale Literary Sources, in particular).
Secondary sources help you develop an effective argument by providing extra supporting evidence beyond
the textual evidence found in the story; however, the sources dont have to make the same argument that
you make. In fact, if you find a bunch of articles saying the exact thing youre saying, then your essay isnt
very original. Therefore, you should not only look for sources that agree with your basic claims, but also
look for sources that provide a lens through which to read the text, offer a fascinating interpretation of a
difficult or important passage, establish historical or social context, or present an opposing interpretation
of the story (which you then refute with textual evidence).
LIST OF SHORT STORIES FOR THE LITERARY RESEARCH ESSAY
(You must write about one or two stories from this list.)
Baldwin, Sonnys Blues (pp. 67-93)
Bambara, The Lesson (pp. 279-86)
Carver, Cathedral (pp. 34-46)
Chopin, The Story of an Hour (pp. 287-89)
Crane, The Open Boat (pp. 254-74)
Erdrich, Love Medicine (pp. 290-308)
Faulkner, A Rose for Emily (pp. 308-16)
Hawthorne, The Birth-Mark (pp. 219-33)
Hemingway, Hills Like White Elephants (pp. 122-26)
Joyce, Araby (pp. 330-36)
Kafka, A Hunger Artist (pp. 336-44)
Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies (pp. 344-62)
Melville, Bartleby, the Scrivener (pp. 368-99)
Morrison, Recitatif (pp. 139-55)
Munro, Boys and Girls (pp. 400-12)
Oates, Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? (pp. 94-108)
OConnor, A Good Man Is Hard to Find (pp. 413-25)
Poe, The Cask of Amontillado (pp. 115-21)
Updike, A & P (pp. 437-43)
Many sources exist about this story, but they are sometimes difficult to find because the title is
just letters; if you need help, please ask me.)
Welty, Why I Live at the P.O. (pp. 444-54)
Topic Proposal (extra credit in daily grade)
Rough Draft (2 hardcopies and online)
Final Essay and other required materials
Fri. 4/13 by 12:00 PM on eCampus
Mon. 4/30 (sec. 333) or Tues. 5/1 (secs. 354 & 363)
Wed. 5/2 (sec. 333) or Thurs. 5/3 (secs. 354 & 363)
Submit the hard copy of the final essay with the following materials in a folder: 1) rubric; 2) your final
essay, with a works cited page; 3) annotated copies of the literary text(s) that demonstrate active reading;
4) annotated copies/print-outs of all secondary sources; 5) peer-reviewed draft(s). Points will be deducted
for failing to include annotated copies of either/both the primary and secondary sources.
Essays not submitted as both a hard copy and to the eCampus dropbox will not be graded. Late
submissions will earn no higher than a 65 if turned in within 72 hours of the due date and will not be
accepted after 72 hours.
WEEK 14 (4/23-4/27)
Email me during week 13 or 14 with two possible times you could meet with me within the following
Monday or Wednesday: 8:30-11:45 AM or 2:45-3:30 PM
Tuesday or Thursday: 12:00-4:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM 12:30 PM
During your conference, you should be prepared to talk about questions or concerns you may have about
your research paper. Having a draft of your essay is ideal but not required.
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