Assignment: Using your notes on “Body Paragraph Structure,” 10-Point Must System.doc, and the audio clip provided, write a literary analysis paragraph based on JUST ONE of the prompts below. Do not forget to include a work(s) cited page–that is a must.
Focus on the prompts–you will need to choose just ONE of them in which to cater your paragraph assignment and most importantly, when it comes to the structure, use the skills we’ve practiced in the previous literary analysis work. I’ve included samples in the “Body Struct.” tab to help you succeed with these.
1. Munro, through the use of flashback, has the narrator tell the story as an adult who is looking back on an awkward, confusing, and painful phase in her life. Analyze how the narrator’s distance–as in time/years now that she is an adult–from the story (employed by using the flashback) affects the details and plot of the piece. How does she now view her actions and emotions now that she is older? Is she embarrassed? Does she think she was childish, dramatic, within her right mind, etc.? Try to think of how you have changed since you were an adolescent and how your view of those days would look now, and use those different angles to help shape your analysis of this prompt/story. *Note: If you consult your adolescent recollections, continue to stay in the third person. You are consulting your recollections to help shape the way you believe the older Munro could be looking back on the younger Munro.
2. In “Indian Education,” Sherman Alexie wrote a story with many underlying, somewhat unspoken, but understood meanings that play a large role in the plot and in his daily interactions with those around him. In your paragraph, examine these left-out elements, i.e., the title, interactions, problems in relationships, etc. Focus on what is left unsaid but alluded to, the effects, the consequences, and the subsequent roads in which he is led.
3. In Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, many themes (main ideas) are portrayed that have damaging effects on the main characters. Choose one of the themes, and analyze its negative effect on a particular character(s). Do not retell the plot; analyze the theme and its consequences pertaining to the character(s). Please make sure to follow the notes on how to cite a play!