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Analysis of a Theme in a Short Story Write an analysis of a theme in one of the

Analysis of a Theme in a Short Story
Write an analysis of a theme in one of the following short stories: 1. Tillie Olsen, “I Stand Here Ironing”
2. Amy Tan, “Two Kinds”
3. Alice Walker, “Everyday Use”
Your thesis should reflect three points (aspects of theme) that you are going to focus on in your
paper. Another approach to thematic analysis is to illustrate three methods by which an author
develops a theme.
Quoting: Quote liberally from the short story (citing in-text, MLA style). Look up how to quote short
prose passages, as well as how to block longer passages of prose. Remember to introduce each
quote with an independent clause (followed by a colon); the introduction to a quote provides
you with an opportunity to state an opinion and make clear why the quote is significant.
Since you are using online sources that have no page numbers provided, you will have to cite
the author’s last name parenthetically (this is what MLA recommends with online sources).
You will need a works cited page (MLA format), in which you cite the short story.
You are to use only ONE source for this paper—the short story itself.
Length:
3 pages (minimum), double spaced, 12-point font, one-inch margins
Submission:
Submit your paper electronically, in the Assignment link in the class site in Eagle Online Canvas.
Your paper will be subject to a Turnitin Originality check. See the Academic Honesty policy on the
Syllabus for further information on what occurs when there are significant matches detected by Turnitin
to materials that are not documented as required.
Review of the 500-word theme: 1. Paragraph I—Introduction—100-125 words (or 5-12 sentences)
• Lead-in (mention the title of the work, the author’s name, and the date of composition)
• Provide a brief synopsis (2-3 sentences, with the gist of the work)
• Thesis statement—list the points to be developed in the body of the paper
2. Paragraph 2—First Body Paragraph—100-125 words (or 5-12 sentences)
• Follow the topic sentence with support—and in a literary analysis, that means quotations,
quotations, quotations!
3. Paragraph 3—Second Body Paragraph—100-125 words (or 5-12 sentences)
• Follow the topic sentence with support—and in a literary analysis, that means quotations,
quotations, quotations!
4. Paragraph 4—Third Body Paragraph—100-125 words (or 5-12 sentences)
• Follow the topic sentence with support—and in a literary analysis, that means quotations,
quotations, quotations!
5. Paragraph 5—The Conclusion—100-125 words (or 5-12 sentences)
• Mirror the introduction—restate the thesis, restate the major points without being repetitive
• End with an important thought, a provocative idea, a quote

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