My thesis for this essay is, “The characters in Cain’s Double Indemnity utilize the concept of insurance in differing ways to propel their own, individual lives forward.”
Below, I’ve also included the grading rubric, and, requirements for this essay.
First Essay Assignment: James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity. Final Draft Due: Monday, July 12 by 5:00 p.m. For your first essay assignment, you are to type a double-spaced analysis of at least two full pages in length focusing on James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity. Because this assignment asks you to write analytically, the first item to note is that you should not write a plot summary, essentially telling the reader what happens in the novel. Instead, focus on an issue of critical importance-for instance, a character or dynamic between characters; a theme or other central issue with which the novel grapples; maybe a symbol; perhaps the setting; or some other issue of relevance to our understanding of Cain’s novel and what it’s trying to convey. As this is an academic use formal language, structure, and mechanics, and strive to stay on point in organized fashion, with a clearly distinguishable and rhythmic beginning (introduction), middle (body), and end (conclusion). Equally important will be to launch your essay from a clearly stated argument, or thesis, which you should include in your introduction. Following this, devote the body of your essay to developing your argument through effective use of evidence from the text (not outside sources). In using evidence, you are encouraged to incorporate quotes from the novel and to use paraphrase and summary when needed. You will select your own topic and focus for this assignment. As you do, keep in mind the key issues that you’ve encountered in reading the novel and in reviewing the questions, and try ultimately to think beyond the page-to consider the deeper meaning(s) beyond the surface level of the plot. Lastly, don’t forget to include a catchy and creative title, which should be centered above the introductory paragraph of your essay. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me! Grading for the Assignment
FOCUS-PURPOSE-THESIS-15 points Does the topic you selected meet the requirements for the assignment? Do you establish your focus clearly in the introduction? Do you include, in your introduction, a clear and effective argument, or thesis?
CONTENT-DEVELOPMENT-40 points Is the body of your essay thoroughly developed, with plenty of examples and details from the text to develop your thesis and maintain reader interest? When relevant, do you incorporate passages from the text in the form of quotations to develop your points? Is all of the supporting evidence that you include clear, relevant, and logical?
ORGANIZATION-20 points Does your essay consist of a distinct Introduction, Body, and Conclusion? Does each body paragraph begin with a good, strong topic sentence, offering the reader (and you) an idea of the direction and focus of the paragraph? Are the supporting details that you include in your body paragraphs unified and coherent? That is, are all points within each body paragraph clearly connected to the focus of the particular paragraph as well as to your thesis? Do your body paragraphs establish flow, containing transition words and/or phrases to ensure readability and eliminate confusion?
MECHANCIS-STYLE-25 points Is your analysis free of major grammatical errors? Are the sentences in your essay clear and lacking in awkwardness? Is your essay formatted correctly, per my instructions and demonstration in class? Do you adhere to MLA format to the best of your ability?