Choose one short story from each section for comparison.
Assignment:800-1200 word essay written in third person point of view and present tense. Everyone will response to questions 1 and 10. Choose five (5) other questions for analysis.
Paper will be submitted to Turnitin.com during the first week of school.
1) Start by writing an introductory paragraph in which you include the titles and names of the authors of the short stories you choose to compare. Add a sentence or two that reveals viable elements in each story. (TAGS). Finally, end with a thesis sentence in which you reveal the main connection or difference that you observed between these two stories that you will compare (themes, conflicts, characters, …)
2) Discuss the authors’ clarity and ease of understanding. You may focus on the sentence structure (syntax), choice of specific vocabulary (diction), or any other factor that conveys differences in your understanding of the texts. You must introduce data from each text as a point of reference and comparison, followed by your analysis of the authors’ clarity in these examples.
3) Examine the degree to which these short stories create an emotional escape, as you (the reader) escape from the present as you read. You must introduce and examine data to compare the texts (as above), and may focus on any elements that engage the reader, including surprises, humor and/or descriptive imagery.
4) Now you will explore to what degree these texts reflect real life. Are the events true to human nature? Is the dialogue realistic? Are the characters and settings believable? Are complications in the plot realistic and the characters’ choices not too easy? Is there a realistic change in the characters? Again, introduce and analyze the effect of the quotations from each text for comparison.
5) Next, you will analyze differences in artistry between these two authors. Make a comparison between figurative details, plot patterns, allusions, and point of view. You must introduce data from each text as a point of reference and comparison, followed by an analysis of the authors’ style in these examples.
6) In this section, you will compare the internal consistency of each author’s plot structure. Are all parts necessary to create an organic whole? Could the author leave any parts out? You must introduce data from each text as a point of reference and comparison, followed by your analysis of the authors’ plot structure in these examples.
7) At this point, you need to analyze each author’s tone. How are attitudes and emotions reflected in the authors’ choices of diction, grammar and structure? You must introduce data from each text as a point of reference and comparison, followed by your explanation of the authors’ choice of tone in these examples.
Tone is expressed by an author through choices made when writing.
Mood is experienced by a reader as a result of the author’s choices.
8) Next, compare the emotional impact of these two short stories. Is the psychological impact powerful, and why? Years from now, what will you remember about these texts? Is there a powerful universal meaning? You must introduce quotations from each text as a point of reference and comparison, followed by your explanation of the authors’ emotional impact in these examples.
9) In this section, you will compare the underlying personal beliefs of these two authors. What are his and her morals, attitudes about religion, politics? and outlook about economics (choose at least one to explore)? You must introduce quotations from each text as a point of reference and comparison, followed by your explanation of the authors’ values in these examples.
10) End with a paragraph about significant insights that you gained. Did you look at any of the following concepts in a new way?
Relationship of humans to nature/spiritual entities?
New psychological perspective?
How humans operate under difficult circumstances?
Folkways and traditions?
You must introduce quotations from each text as a point of reference and comparison, followed by your explanation of these texts’ significance in these examples.
These texts are available for check out in our school library and the short stories are available on-line for free.