Why I live at the P.O.

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Copied directions: You will then go online to the BCCC databases and locate three peer-reviewed, literary criticism articles that make a arguments about the story. The sources will have been approved by the instructor ahead of time, or the paper may not be accepted. Your best bets for databases are EBSCOhost, JSTOR, and Literature Online (LION). (Literary Criticism Online is also a possibility, but it tends to be difficult to navigate, so it isn’t my first choice). Do not use other sources, such as random blog posts or “example essays,” (ie: cheat sites), or your paper will not pass.



It may be difficult to find a common thread among the critics; if you can’t come up with a common thread, it’s okay to write a paper that discusses three different critical views of the story.

Using the sources you have found, craft a thesis — an arguable statement — about the story, and back it up with material from the sources, and specific moments from the story. This should not be an obvious statement (“The family in ‘PO’ isn’t getting along well” or linked to the author’s biography “The story reflects Welty’s concerns about health).”

This will show that you can locate appropriate sources and synthesize, paraphrase appropriately to make an argument. Use MLA.





This paper challenges you to read the story and come up with your own interpretation; to consider the interpretation of the critics; and then respond to the critics, citing evidence from the text (quotes and paraphrases). The evidence should be presented in a way that doesn’t just string quotes together, but rather, offers context (that is, uses the “quote sandwich”). You do not want more than 20 percent direct quotes.

Your paper should be written in a formal, academic tone, and primarily in the third person. You may use some limited first person in toward the end of the paper, where you offer your own contention. (If you struggle with sentence structure and/or proofreading, please be certain to get some help at the Academic Success Center).

Here is some guidance on how to structure your paper:

The introduction: Open your paper with a brief overview of the critical main points. The introduction should name the critics, and give the title of the short story, as well as the author’s name (spelled correctly). This should be a clear, concise paragraph. The last sentence of the introduction should be your thesis: a specific statement of about the story, responding to the critical thinking. This will be your thesis.

The body of the paper should consider specific points the critics make, and discuss those points in relation to your own thinking. Each body paragraph should have its own topic sentence. A topic sentence is always a statement, so avoid questions and quotes at the start of a paragraph. Use quotes, details and examples later in back paper, to back up what you said in the topic sentence.



AVOID SUMMARY: Don’t tell your reader what happened; tell why it matters.


Customer: Please choose whichever topic you wish to complete this assignment within the guidelines of the directions above. I have completed the works sited page (attached) for easier access for you. Everything must be in MLA format, thank you.

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