Part 1 – Short Story Analysis Essay Instructions
Note: After completing Part 1, you will automatically gain access to Part 2.
1. Read some of the short stories from the link below and select ONE story to analyze.
Short stories available at: http://americanliterature.com/twenty-great-american-short-stories
2. After you select and have carefully read the short story, do RESEARCH by finding at least two scholarly articles on the short story and integrate what you learned from them in your essay. Try the SPC Library database or Google Scholar.
3. In a new document, start by composing one fully-developed paragraph (150 words minimum), where you identify the following elements:
title of story, author, date of publication
4. Then, in two fully-developed paragraphs (at least 150 words in each paragraph), explain the ultimate meaning of the story. Provide as many specific examples from the story as possible. Please note that this is your interpretation of the many possible meanings that the author is trying to convey. This is a point over which reasonable people may disagree. How do the researched interpretations of the story compare to your own interpretations?
Minimum 3 Paragraphs and 450 word count total.
5. Cite the sources of your researched interpretations. You must find and identify at least two research sources beyond your textbook. You may also cite research links provided in this module, but be sure to find and cite at least one source beyond what you are provided. Either the MLA or APA format will be permitted. Do NOT use Wikipedia or other encyclopedias (online, etc.) only. That is, you cannot use encyclopedias alone. Of course, you may use it as a starting place. Be sure to use SPELL CHECK and proof read your essay.