Essay 2 Writing about Fiction (Character)
· Reading and Analysis of Literature (Poetry, Drama, Fiction)
· Writing about Literature
Description Essay 2, writing about character, is an analysis of one or more characters or traces the development of a character. It focuses on one or more of the character’s personality traits, actions, personal background, emotional, social, or intellectual characteristics, and so on. A character analysis is not the following: writing a detailed summary of the text, making personal connections to the text, or commenting on the theme or any other part of the text.
Options Option 1: Analyze a character from a short story Option 2: Compare / contrast two or more characters Option 3: Trace the development of a character over the course of the story.
Avoid children’s literature.
Horror / Gothic Fiction, Science Fiction, and Post-apocalyptic Fiction
· Carrie Vaughn’s “Amaryllis”
· Octavia Butler’s “Speech Sounds”
· Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat”
· Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”
· Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron”
· Isaac Asimov’s “The Last Question”
· Kurt Vonnegut’s “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow”
· Tananarive Due’s “Patient Zero” · Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”
Nature, Adventure, and War Stories
· Jack London’s “To build a fire” · Ambrose Bierce’s “Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge”
· Stephen Crane’s “The Open Boat” · Richard Connell’s “The most dangerous game”
· Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “A very old man with enormous wings”
· Isabel Allende’s “Two Words”
Love, Marriage, and Family · Virginia Woolf’s “Kew Gardens”
· Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour”
· Langston Hughes “Early Autumn” · Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”
· Jhumpha Lahiri’s “Boundary” · Alice Dunbar Nelson’s “Violets” · Julia Alvarez’s Yo, “The mother” (Chapter 1) · Nathaniel Hathorne’s “The Birthmark” · Jhumpa Lahiri’s “The boundary”
· Tananarive Due’s “Patient Zero”
· Edwidge Danticat’s “One Thing”
· Anita Desai’s “Devoted Son”
· Sui Sin Far’s “The Little Chinese Seabird”
· Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat” · Mary Wilkins Freeman’s “The cat” · Saki’s “Tobermory”
Other Sources · American Literature.com (Avoid children’s literature) · Classic Short Stories (Avoid children’s literature)
· An environmental or nature-related short story, one that uses nature imagery or symbolism (such as “Early Autumn”), or set in an urban, rural, utopian, dystopian, or natural area.
A. Header Information (Left Aligned) First Name, Last Name First Name, Initial of Last Name (Tonia P.) ENGL 1102 Due Date (day month year) B. Title (Centered) Creative title: Subtitle – A character analysis on (Author, “Title of the text”)
Introduction A. The introduction begins with a captivating attention grabber such as a question, quote, or thought-provoking statement(s):
– Open with a quote, question, or thought-provoking statements
– Write a short anecdotal story that connects to the character
– Make general comments about the subject matter of the thesis
– Mention personal attitudes you and your reader might share
– Begin with a few general sentences about the author
– Write a few general sentences about the story
Note: If needed, include a transition sentence to go to the next part of the introduction. B. The next section should introduce the character if he or she is not introduced in the attention grabber or thesis statement. Include the character, title, and author. C. The thesis statement for a character analysis essay should be a debatable opinion, specific, and one-two sentences.
Resources: Character Analysis from Tidewater Community College (class handout) Character Analysis from WCJC
Body Paragraphs For a character analysis essay, body paragraphs should include the following items: A. Writing about One Character
Identifies the character’s trait or feature Evidence from the text (quotes, examples, and so on) Explanation of the evidence.
B. Writing about Character Development Analysis of Character at the beginning, middle, and end of the story C. Writing about Multiple Characters (Comparative Analysis) Block Style Character A > Point 1, Point 2, Point 3, and so on Character B > Point 1, Point 2, Point 3, and so on
Point Style Point 1 (Character A, Character B); Point 2 (Character A, Character B) Point 3 (Character A, Character B) Make sure the body paragraphs are organized, developed, coherent (flow from one idea to the next), and unified (focused). Each paragraph should contain a topic sentence, supporting details, and a closing or transition sentence. A possible organization format is as follows: 1. Topic sentence 2. Evidence from the text 3. Explanation of the evidence 4. Closing or transition sentence Note: The topic sentence is traditionally the first sentence, but it can also be located elsewhere in the body paragraph. If a paragraph contains multiple forms of evidence, provide an explanation for each form of evidence. Conclusion End with an effective closing. Consider summarizing the thesis and body points in different words, closing with a quote and final thoughts, or ending with a question and final thoughts.
F. Other Content Requirements
Use literary present tense and third person point of view. (Exception > Attention grabber)
Individual Response: Minimum of 3 pages
Spacing: Double-spaced Accessible font type and size: 10-12 point, Verdana or Arial
The only source needed is the work of literature (poem, short story, or novel). Use credible sources (if using additional secondary sources).
MLA 8th Edition Page Format Running Header: Last Name and Page Number Header Information (Left aligned): Name, Instructor’s Name, Course, and Date (day month year) Title (Centered): Creative Title: Subtitle (A Response to Author’s Name + Title of Story) Title Format: Quotation marks for Short Works (short stories, poems, articles, and so on) Underline or Italicize Long Works (novels, websites, movies, and so on)
MLA 8th Edition In-text Citations
Use the correct format for citing fiction. Avoid dropped quotes.
MLA 8th edition Work(s) Cited Entry
MLA Works Cited Page Format Running Header: Running Header: Last Name and Page Number Title: Works Cited (plain text) MLA Works Cited entry(s) > alphabetical order, indent entries after the second line
Resources: MLA 8th edition resources
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