Paper 3

Write a 6 to 10 page paper in which you analyze at least 2 works from one author of your choice. The ultimate goal of this assignment is to better understand the contributions of the author through his works. These contributions could be moral/ethical, technological, physical/social, or other, but they must come from the literature.

The works must be creative writing: fiction (short stories or novels), poetry, or drama. Non-fiction is unacceptable. Every point you make will focus on the effect it has on the reader. This effect may expand to include a large social contribution or, as in the case of Poe, the development of an entirely new genre. However, they need not be so extreme.

When attempting to understand the effects of a piece of writing, "Why?" should never be answered using biographical information. Resist the temptation to find the easy answer. For example, saying that Frost writes mostly of pastoral locations because he grew up in New England is overly obvious. Instead, look for the deeper meaning that his setting yields. Emphasize the reaction from the reader to his setting (often by substituting something contrary (e.g., insert a desert scene in place of Frost's forest)) to garner a more rich, fulfilling, opinion-based answer.

You may tie in the author's works in an autobiographical way, only should the connection reveal a deeper insight into the effects of the works. Otherwise, biography is unacceptable. Think about what happens after publication rather than what sparked the author's own inspiration. Imagine that your author is unknown; no clear concensus of his inspiration would be possible. Is Shakespeare any less of an author simply because we know so little about him?

To get a better idea of what to write about, look at criticism of the works you've chosen. Often the titles alone will yield a great deal of information: "Feminism in Hamlet" for example. You are writing a critical work. Look to the critics for examples of How to write this paper as well.

Be mindful of the following criteria:

  • SOURCES: 2 Primary (minimum), 4 Secondary (minimum)
  • No first-person or second-person points of view
  • You must follow strict MLA format including a Works Cited page
  • You must focus solely on the works of one author
  • Quote accurately
  • Do not forget