THE STORIES, THE AUTHORS and THE COMMON THEME LOSS

Dr. Joan Dupre   Fall 2020   ENGL 102   ESSAY #2
 
 
WARNING:  IF ANY PART OF YOUR PAPER IS PLAGIARIZED, EITHER BY TAKING WORDS (ANY WORDS, NO MATTER HOW FEW) DIRECTLY FROM SOME OTHER SOURCE OR BY “BORROWING” SOMEONE ELSE’S IDEAS, YOU MAY FAIL, NOT ONLY THE PAPER, BUT THIS COURSE.  DON’T DO IT.
 
IMPORTANT NOTE: Your paper must be in MS Word and submitted through Blackboard.
                                
PAPER DIRECTIONS (in brief):
Choose two stories from the list below and show how each writer handles the same theme by using three or more of the literary devices I’ve listed and defined for you.  (You’ll find more detailed instructions later in this document.)
 
THE STORIES, THE AUTHORS and THE COMMON THEME: LOSS
“The Arms of Saturday Night” by Cally Fiedorek
“Isolation” by Richard Bausch
“A Different Ending”  by Shaily Menon
“Face Time” by Lorrie Moore
 
Definitions of the ONLY literary devices you may use for this paper (if I see that you’ve used other literary devices I will not grade your paper).  Also, do not take up space in your paper by including these definitions in your paragraphs.
Simile:  Comparison of two unlike things using “like” or “as” 
              (for example, “The moon was like a lantern that lit up the sky”)
 
Metaphor: Comparison of two unlike things NOT using “like” or “as”
                    (for example, “The moon was a lantern that lit up the sky”)
 
Personification:  Giving human characteristics to the non-human 
                             (for example, from Gary Soto: “The clouds [were] scraping their bellies…”)
 
Hyperbole: Exaggeration (for example, “We were dying of laughter”)
 
Allusion: References to things such as history, politics, literature, or religion 
                (for example, from Martin Espada: “[the] New York World’s Fair”).
 
Imagery: Words meant LITERALLY and appealing to one or more of the five senses. 
                 There are things we can see (“The sky was blue”); hear (“The thunder was loud”);
                 smell (“You could smell the brownies from down the hall”); taste (“The olives were very   
                  salty); and touch “The wool blanket was rough and made me itch”).
 
Repetition:  This is the repetition throughout the poem of significant words and phrases.  The repetition   
                     of “I” doesn’t count.
 
Diction/Word Choice:  For the purposes of this paper, you may choose only ONE word from each story
                                       that you find particularly significant and that is not part of an image, an allusion,  
                                       or any of the examples of figurative language listed and defined above (simile,
                                       metaphor, personification, hyperbole).  
 
THINGS TO AVOID:
(1)   Avoid assuming too much.  Make sure you say only what you can be certain of when reading a story.  State only what you can provide persuasive evidence for from the lines of the story.
 
(2)   Avoid “accusing” the writer of trying to teach us a lesson, tell us what is right or wrong, or what we should believe. The experiences writers share in these short stories may lead us to examine our own beliefs and come to conclusions about our own experiences in light of the stories, but that is not the same thing as telling us what to think or feel – or what we should or should not do.                                
            THE FOLLOWING IS BY SPECIAL REQUEST.  I HOPE IT HELPS.  
                             PARAGRAPH 1 (Introduction)
v  In the first paragraph identify both stories (put the titles in quotation marks),
                 both writers (use their full names in this opening) and the common theme:   
                 loss. (After this first paragraph refer to the writer by his or her last name and  
                shorten the titles if they are long.)
 
v  Describe your feelings about the two stories you’ve chosen. 
 
v  OPTIONAL:  Say what you think the writers intended and if you think they achieved their agendas.
 
                            PARAGRAPHS  2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7: THE LITERARY DEVICES (3 FOR EACH STORY; 6 IN ALL)  
                                  In EACH paragraph do the following:
v  Introduce ONE literary device (from the list I’ve given you).
 
v  Quote from the story to show us where and how the writer uses the device (put the page #s you’re quoting from in parentheses after the quotation). No single quotation should take up more than two lines of your essay.
 
v  Say the literary device connects to the theme of the story.
 
                             
                                  PARAGRAPH 8 (Conclusion)
v  Name the stories and the writers again.
 
v   Revisit your feelings about the two stories now that you’ve spent so much time on them.  Have your feelings changed?
 
v  How different or similar do you find the stories now? 
 
 
FORMATTING:
·         Your 4-5 page paper must be typed, double-spaced, using 10-12 point type, Times New Roman, with 1” margins all around. 
·         Your heading includes your name, my name (Professor or Dr. Dupre) ENGL 102, Essay #2, and the due date (10/31).
·         This heading goes in the upper left hand corner of your paper. 
·         After the heading skip two lines and type in a title.  Try to be original.  The title should be the same size and in the same font as the body of your paper.  Don’t use bold type, italics, quotation marks, or underlining.
·         Capitalize the first letter of all words in your title except articles and prepositions.
 
                EDITING FOR CLARITY, GRAMMAR, SPELLING, CAPITALIZATION
                         Please show respect for your reader by submitting an essay you’ve proofread and edited.  
                         I’m not looking for perfection, but I would rather you be late with the paper than ask me
                         to read a carelessly written essay.
 
 
 
 
 

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