You may choose one of the following stories to write about: ėThe House Oppositeî(p.77), ėMy Oedipus Complex,(p.87) ėWash,î(329) or ėThe Hammer Manî(119).
For each story you must analyze the following elements and give specific exmples and quotations from the story in parentheses following the citation.
1. Narrative point of view: who is speaking, what narrative technique is being used (first person--is the narrator reliable or unreliable?;3rd person-- camera eye or selective omniscient or omniscient). What are the effects on you the reader of the use of this narrative technique? Give examples.
2. Character: who is the main character/characters?
What are there chief personality characteristics? Do they have particular
imagery associated with them throughout the story?
Do they change or growth in the course of the story?
3. Each of these stories deals with a key relationship: discuss how that central relationship is depicted. What are the psychological dimensions? What point is the author making through this relationship?
4. What is the setting of the story in historic time and place? What role does the setting play?
5. What specific uses of language are there in this story: metaphors,
similes, imagery?How do these contribute to the meaning of the story.
After you have done this analysis and answered these questions, compose
a thesis statement that will appear in the opening paragraph of your paper.
The thesis should read something like: ėThis is a story that explores______
(topic) and suggests that _________.î Or, ėThis story presents _____these
ideas about ______(this kind of relationship). After this opening
paragraph, construct a paper in which you use the details and ideas you
have developed in 1-5 to support your thesis.
A =well written paper, interesting clearly presented thesis , uses good supporting details, no grammatical or spelling errors.
B= a well written paper that has a clear thesis but perhaps lacks the careful thought or excellent use of detail that an A paper would have.
C= a paper with a clear thesis but not as well written or carefully documented as a B
D= a paper with serious grammatical errors and/or no demonstrated mastery
of the story