Write an essay in which you fully answer the prompt, focusing on the “so what?!” (or development of theme) as you analyze.

Write an essay in which you fully answer the prompt, focusing on the “so what?!” (or development of theme) as you analyze. Do not turn in an essay that merely summarizes your novel’s plot.

A REMINDER: The word “analysis” comes from a Greek word that means “untying.” When you analyze a story or novel or poem, you “untie” its meaning in an essay by interpreting a portion of it. In this analysis, you should focus on your own interpretation of a critical problem, a crucial passage, or a comparison of various readings. You can analyze a character, a single incident, symbols, point of view, structure, and so on. No writer should try to take into account everything that goes on in a story; the paper would be longer than the story itself. So your paper should focus on one or two elements that you think contribute to the overall meaning or purpose of the story. A good analysis concentrates on details: you should quote portions of the story to show how the text supports your claim, or thesis. Then you should offer comments that show how the portion you’re interpreting contributes to the story as a whole. You do not need to conduct any research for this essay. You may compare one story or novel or poem to another that we have read this year. (Adapted from Bucknell University’s English Department.)

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. The essay must follow MLA format.
  2. It must be at least 3 pages.
  3. You must quote and reference the novel a minimum of THREE
  4. You must embed all quotes and parenthetically reference them according to MLA standards.
  5. You must have an MLA formatted Works Cited page. (Because you are citing from your novel and an outside, valid source.)

DUE DATE: Thursday, February 15 or Friday, February 16

 

PROMPT: Write a well-developed essay in which you analyze how a character from the novel relates to a character archetype, and how Orwell uses that character archetype to develop his theme.

 

ESSAY REQUIREMENTS 1 2 3 4 5
READING (40 POINTS TOTAL)
  • analysis demonstrates original thought and an advanced understanding of the novel, archetypes, and theme
  • thesis statement fully addresses the prompt, offering original and insightful analysis of literature
  • student thoughtfully chooses each quotation because it best enhances the argument
  • student clearly highlights the relationship between the evidence chosen and the original claim through original and insightful analysis
WRITING (40 POINTS TOTAL)
  • student crafts a sophisticated introduction and conclusion, avoiding plot summary or cliché
  • student beautifully embeds all direct citations, reflecting an advanced style
  • topic and closing sentences present analysis and do not read as repetitive or cliché
  • writer uses a sophisticated style and otherwise beautiful writing, creating an original voice
LANGUAGE (20 POINTS TOTAL)
  • absence of errors in verb tense
  • absence of passive constructions, grammatical errors, and other stylistic errors
  • sophisticated use of punctuation
  • formal diction and use of 3rd person– deviations will count as discrete errors
  • essay (and its heading, margins, indentations) fully adhere to MLA format
  • student uses proper MLA format to cite all direct and gracefully embedded quotations
  • works cited fully adheres to proper MLA format

 

GRADING SCALE:

1 = DOES NOT DEMONSTRATE UNDERSTANDING

2 = UNSATISFACTORY

3 = NEEDS IMPROVEMENT

4 = SATISFACTORY

5 = EXCELLENT

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