Literary Analysis (From Chapter 13 of the Bedford Guide)
Be sure you have read Literary Analysis before completing this paper.
Write an essay interpreting one or more aspects of a literary work to be assigned. After careful analysis of the literary work, you will become the expert critic, explaining the meaning you discern, supporting your interpretation with evidence from the work, and evaluating the effectiveness of the literary elements used by the author and the significance of the theme. Your purpose is to deepen the understanding of the work for your classmates. Even if they, too, have studied the work carefully, you will try to convince them that your interpretation is valid.
This paper requires you to document the use of an outside source—the source of the literary work itself. You will use parenthetical references to identify the exact location of evidence in the literary work that supports your ideas. You can use “The Lottery” or “The Story of an Hour” from the Bedford Guide. You will include the publication information from it (the Bedford Guide) in APA format in a Reference List. You will name the author and title of the literary work and the date of its publication in your opening paragraph. Any specific reference to the work itself in your paper will require a parenthetical reference with the page number and paragraph number. Look at the student essay by Jonathan Burns included in Bedford. Notice that in his opening paragraph, he includes the name of the literary work and the name of the author, but he does not include a publication date. If he were writing his paper in APA style, he would put the story’s publication date in parentheses immediately after the title of the work. You can find the publication date for “The Lottery” in the Acknowledgements section of the textbook. Length: 3-5 pages. Please be sure to use APA formatting.
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