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Essay #1 - Literary Conventions

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Essay #1 - Winter 2003

Literary Conventions

    Write a 3-4 page essay that examines 1-2 texts closely. You may select any text from those listed in the first unit of the course. You should not use a text that was discussed extensively in class. If you do so, you must add something new to the discussion. Otherwise, the highest grade you will receive is a “C.” Construct a clear and specific thesis that provides an argument, and use your close analysis of the text(s) to develop your argument.

    Your primary objective is to discuss what the text says about your topic. Your secondary objective is to discuss how the text conveys this idea. In other words, what literary conventions are being used to develop the argument of the text(s)?

    Please note that your essay is not about the literary conventions themselves. That is, your thesis should not prove that a literary device exists in the text. Rather, the thesis should be about the content of the text while your evidence should include a discussion of the literary devices.
  • To provide an analysis of a literary work
  • To utilize terminology to discuss various literary conventions
  • To show how the form of a text develops its content

  • All papers must be typed and double-spaced with 1” margins on all sides.
  • Standard 12 pt. font should be used.
  • The paper should include an informative and interesting title (do not use Essay #1).
  • The paper length must be a minimum of three pages (not including heading and title).
  • The essay is due on Thursday, January 23, 2003 and the revision is due on Monday, January 27, 2003. If you are late five minutes either day, your paper will also be considered late.

  • Select a poem and/or story you enjoyed reading.
  • Make a list of the various literary conventions that appear in the text. Review your notes for different conventions.
  • Freewrite on each item. What is the effect of using that specific convention? For example, what is the effect of Shakespeare saying his mistress’s eyes are not like the sun?
  • Review your freewrites and devise a thesis. What main argument do you think the text is trying to convey to its reader?
  • What are three main points that help support your claim about what the main argument is?
  • Refer to the text(s) again. Now that you have a thesis and supporting points, are there other moments in the text(s) that support your argument?
  • Be sure to include different literary conventions to make your point.

 Updated Saturday, January 4, 2003 at 3:14:36 PM by Lydia Hearn -
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