Major Writing Assignment #2: Literary Analysis on Conformity

Description

Purpose and Background:

Throughout this unit, you have been reading stories, poems, and a play relating to the theme of conformity.   A literary analysis can take different forms as you learned in the first module on writing about literature.  For this assignment, you can choose to focus on character, historical context, symbols, or themes.

Literary analysis essays encourage you to think about how or why a piece of literature was written.  To do this successfully, you need to remember that authors make specific rhetorical choices for particular reasons.  When you are writing your analysis, you should explore the author’s choices and explain their significance.

This assignment is aligned with the following objectives:

MO 10.1 Demonstrate fluency with literary terminology and be able to apply these terms to works read in the course

MO 10.2 Analyze literary works’ exploration of the human condition and the ethical and cultural problems of the time, and consider how such issues continue to resonate in the contemporary world.

MO 10.3 Evaluate and interpret literary works from ethical, social, cultural, historical, philosophical, artistic, and/or biographical perspectives

MO 10.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics and techniques of the major literary genres

MO 10.5 Communicate clearly in a variety of modes and media

MO 10.6 Demonstrate continuing mastery of grammar, usage, and diction

MO 10.7 Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively.

MO 10.8 Demonstrate the ability to analyze communication critically.


Instructions:

Topic 1

Berenger’s transformation is the true metamorphosis in Rhinoceros. While the other characters physically turn into rhinoceroses, embodying the savage natures they had formerly repressed, Berenger’s change is moral and completely opposite from his position at the start of the play. Write a character analysis of Berenger showing how he was able to change his character rather than accept the presence of the rhinos.

Topic 2

The main character of the “A & P”& is Sammy, a teenager, who tries to rebel against the system and structure of social norms represented in the form of rules and standards typical for the A&P stores. His rebellion is a local reflection of those ideas, ideological and cultural changes which were developed in the society of the USA in the 1960’s. Write an essay that analyzes the importance of historical context in shaping the themes of this story.

Topic 3

“The Lottery” is filled with symbols. This story is in many ways a parable more than a traditional story. Jackson describes a society so mired in its traditions that it has lost the ability to even look at the reasons for those traditions, but instead follows them blindly even when they hurt its citizens. Write an essay discussing the use of symbols in this story.

1

Topic 4

Discuss the themes of anonymity, conformity, and government control in “Unknown Citizen.”

Requirements:

  • Essay should be a minimum of 700 words.
  • Essay should include 4 different sources, two of which MUST come from the literary databases.
  • Essay should include a minimum of 6-8 citations within the text.  Half of these should be textual references or direct quotes.
  • Essay must have a works cited page that includes ONLY sources actually cited in the paper.
  • All documentation should use proper MLA style.
  • Introduction should include the title of the work, publication information, a little bit about the author, and a very brief summary of what the piece is about.  The introduction should end with a clearly stated thesis.

Tips:

  • Your introductory paragraph should accomplish the following:
    • Introduce the author and the title of the work or works being discussed.
    • Brief biographical information about the author.
    • Clearly stated thesis introducing the topic and presenting your main points.
  • Body paragraphs should develop the thesis statement using transitional sentences to move from one section to the next.
  • Review the MLA module and make sure all of your citations are in proper MLA format.
  • Make sure the only sources listed on the works cited page are sources that you have actually cited from in the paper itself.
  • Make sure the works cited page is in alphabetical order using proper formatting.
  • This is a major writing assignment so get help with editing and revising from tutor.com, the writing center, or your instructor.
  • If you are writing on topic 1, you might want to read the following article on character analysis.
  • If you are writing on topic 2, check out these helpful hints on historical context.
  • If you have chosen topic 3,  read this article on writing about symbols.
  • Finally, if you are exploring the theme in “Unknown Citizen” read this article.
  • Literary Analysis Rubric
    Literary Analysis Rubric
    Criteria Ratings Pts
    There is one clear, well focused topic. Main ideas are clear and are well supported by detailed and accurate information.

    10 pts

    Excellent

    7 pts

    Good

    5 pts

    Fair

    0 pts

    Needs Improvement
    10 pts
    The introduction is inviting, states the main topic, and provides an overview of the paper. Information is relevant and presented in a logical order. The conclusion is strong

    15 pts

    Excellent

    10 pts

    Good

    5 pts

    Fair

    0 pts

    Needs Improvement
    15 pts
    The author’s purpose of writing is very clear, and there is strong evidence of attention to audience. The author’s extensive knowledge and/or experience with the topic is/are eviden

    25 pts

    Excellent

    20 pts

    Fair

    10 pts

    Good

    0 pts

    Needs Improvement
    25 pts
    Author uses valid sources to support opinions. Essay uses correct MLA formatting in the citation and works cited page.

    15 pts

    Excellent

    10 pts

    Good

    5 pts

    Fair

    0 pts

    No Marks
    15 pts
    Author uses textual references to support opinions

    10 pts

    Excellent

    7 pts

    Good

    4 pts

    Fair

    0 pts

    Needs Improvement
    10 pts
    Sentences are well constructed and have varied structure and length. The author makes no errors in grammar, mechanics, and/or spelling.

    25 pts

    Full Marks

    20 pts

    Good

    15 pts

    Fair

    5 pts

    Needs Improvement
    25 pts
    Total Points: 100

Calculate the price of your order

550 words
We'll send you the first draft for approval by September 11, 2018 at 10:52 AM
Total price:
$26
The price is based on these factors:
Academic level
Number of pages
Urgency
Basic features
  • Free title page and bibliography
  • Unlimited revisions
  • Plagiarism-free guarantee
  • Money-back guarantee
  • 24/7 support
On-demand options
  • Writer’s samples
  • Part-by-part delivery
  • Overnight delivery
  • Copies of used sources
  • Expert Proofreading
Paper format
  • 275 words per page
  • 12 pt Arial/Times New Roman
  • Double line spacing
  • Any citation style (APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian, Harvard)

Our guarantees

Delivering a high-quality product at a reasonable price is not enough anymore.
That’s why we have developed 5 beneficial guarantees that will make your experience with our service enjoyable, easy, and safe.

Money-back guarantee

You have to be 100% sure of the quality of your product to give a money-back guarantee. This describes us perfectly. Make sure that this guarantee is totally transparent.

Read more

Zero-plagiarism guarantee

Each paper is composed from scratch, according to your instructions. It is then checked by our plagiarism-detection software. There is no gap where plagiarism could squeeze in.

Read more

Free-revision policy

Thanks to our free revisions, there is no way for you to be unsatisfied. We will work on your paper until you are completely happy with the result.

Read more

Privacy policy

Your email is safe, as we store it according to international data protection rules. Your bank details are secure, as we use only reliable payment systems.

Read more

Fair-cooperation guarantee

By sending us your money, you buy the service we provide. Check out our terms and conditions if you prefer business talks to be laid out in official language.

Read more