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LIT301-V2D2: Introduction to Literature 12MAR (DeMack) Project 2 Project 2 - Literary Comparison Essay In this essay of 4-6 pages, you will select a...

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LIT301-V2D2: Introduction to Literature 12MAR (DeMack) Project 2 Project 2 Literary Comparison Essay In this essay of 4-6 pages, you will select a short story, analyzing the techniques and themes present in that story, and compare that to 1-3 other literary pieces from the course textbook. You will compare the literary pieces based on categories listed below, and your comparison will consist of observations and thoughts about the pieces that support and explain the themes you identify. No outside sources are allowed in this essay. Main Story (Choose 1) : Ernest Hemingway, "Hills Like White Elephants" William Faulkner, "A Rose for Emily" Richard Wright, “Big Black Good Man” Edgar Allen Poe, “Cask of Amontillado” James Joyce, “Araby” Sherman Alexie, “This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona” Gabriel Garcia M arquez, “A very Old Man With Enormous Wings” Raymond Carver, “Cathedral” D.H. Lawrence, “The Rocking Horse Winner” T. Coraghessan Boyle, “Greasy Lake” Comparison Pieces (Choose 1-3 additional literary works from the LIT textbook): Choose from poetry, other stories, or short plays You may use pieces discussed in any of your Project 1 assignments Literary Techniques for comparison (Choose 4): Setting Where are we? What does it look like or represent? Description Can you picture this happening? Which sensory details prevail, and what do they mean? Plot What lesson or messages is learned from the events portrayed? Flashback represents a look back into the past; foreshadowing represents a hint of what is to come. Are these techniques used? Time. How much time passes during the piece? What length of time is encompassed here? How do characters talk about time? How long does the piece seem to last?
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LIT301-V2D2: Introduction to Literature 12MAR (DeMack) Project 2 Point of View, Voice and Tone. Whose point of view prevails? Is the piece easy to read or difficult? Is this deliberate? What is not said in the piece? What’s missing, and why? What does the title mean? Characterization. Are the characters symbolic of anything? Is the author trying to teach readers a lesson by what happens to the characters? Consider the significance of minor characters. Metaphors and Symbolism. Things, people, places, and events can all be used in symbolic ways. Symbols can be simple or complex, personal, historical, cultural, and any combination of these. What your essay should look like: Write an introduction to this paper. In your introduction paragraph, describe the pieces chosen and how they are similar. Write your introduction LAST. It will be easiest to write after you finish the comparisons. Edit your introduction after you finish. A good introduction paragraph always results in a better essay and a higher grade. You can use headings to separate your 4 comparison categories. For each technique, write a paragraph or two about how this is used in the main story, followed by a paragraph or 2 about one of the other works chosen. See the example below. Add a conclusion about the dominant theme. Did one area stand out for you upon making these detailed comparisons? Length: 4-5 pages Sources: none. Because we are using the course textbook, no official citations are required.
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