Our story choices are the following:
*Eudora Welty, “A Worn Path” (p. 22)
*Ernest Hemingway, “A Clean Well-Lighted Place” (p. 48)
*Flannery O’Connor, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” (p. 117)
*Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Young Goodman Brown” (p. 29)
*Tim O’Brien, “The Things They Carried” (p. 184)
IMPORTANT NOTE: You must choose one of these stories to earn credit on the assignment.
Compose an analytical essay of at least 1,200 words in which you offer an interpretation of a literary element in one of the assigned short stories. Write your analysis focusing on one of the following elements in one of the assigned stories:
Start by selecting one of the short stories assigned by your instructor. Brainstorm to identify the literary element that you would like to explore in the story. Choose from character, theme, symbolism, imagery, or setting. Then, develop a thesis that offers a specific interpretation of this element. If you have trouble coming up with a thesis, contact your instructor, who will help you. Do not do any outside research at this point. When finished, the draft should be at least 1,200 words (approximately four double-spaced pages).
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