Analysis Essay

Instruction: Write a literary analysis essay of 1000-1200 words exploring one of the topics below or an original topic that I approve. The act of literary analysis means that you look closely and critically at a work or works, make certain judgments

or interpretations, and consider how the author(s) accomplishes this effect. Remember to limit plot summary and to support your claims with evidence (and quotations) from the stories. As you write, avoid first and second person in favor of active, authoritative academic voice. Your paper should follow MLA format: 12-pt. font, double-spaced, one-inch margins, parenthetical citations, and a works cited page.

Topic: “Recitatif” and “A Loaf of Bread” Showcase Race and Socioeconomic Status. 

From : The Seagull Book of Stories. Edited by Joseph Kelly, 2017,( Recitatif and A Loaf of Bread)

Introduction:

Various pieces of literature work present different themes and other literary devices even though two or more of them can coincidently have their thematic concerns matching. The examples of works whose literary aspects match in some perspectives are Toni Morrison and James Alan McPherson, who authored the two, works “Recitatif” and, “A Loaf of Bread” respectively. These literary works have instances of storytelling which played different roles intended by their respective authors and can only be determined upon critical evaluations of these works. The race and socio-economic statuses are the essential themes that both authors seek to explore using storytelling even though the characters’ script differ in some aspects. Both Morrison and Alan present their stories via writing, while others are aired on the television depending on the target audience’s perceived economic and social statuses. For instance, Harold Green and Mr. Reed are among the key characters that are portrayed to have been following the storytelling. Through the media and life issues has shaped their narrative and consequently develop the character's identity. Also, Morrison justifies how characters’ self-confidence and self-esteem are influenced by storytelling and their place in the society can be impacted by what they hear in different contexts as warranted by the two stories.

Thesis statement: This study seeks to focus on how storytelling shapes the personal and collective identity of a particular group of people.

The Professor’s feedback:

The introduction and topic have really improved with this revision, Janice! The argument focus is becoming clearer, so that's great! My only advice for the thesis (the last sentence in the intro) is to make it now more than two sentences (so try to condense like so): Therefore, Morrison's work shows storytelling influences one's identity by shaping their self-confidence and self-esteem through_______________(give the detail for how it does this here). On the other hand, McPherson's text illustrates media and culture's power over narrative through how the news outlets convey the story of Mr. Green's injustice to his customers and ___________ (or something like this).

Instruction:

Write a literary analysis essay of 1000

-

1200

words exploring one of the

topics below or an original topic that I approve. The act of literary analysis means that

you look closely and critically at a work or works, make certain judgments

or

interpretations, and consider how the author(s) accomplishes this effect. Remember

to limit plot summary and to support your claims with evidence (and quotations) from

the stories. As you write, avoid first and second person in favor of active, authoritat

ive

academic voice.

Your paper should follow MLA format: 12

-

pt. font, double

-

spaced,

one

-

inch margins, parenthetical citations, and a works cited page.

Topic:

“Recitatif” and “A Loaf of Bread” Showcase Race and Socioeconomic

Status.

From :

The Seagull Book of Stories.

Edited by Joseph Kelly, 2017,

(

Recitatif

and

A Loaf of

Bread

)

Introduction:

Vari

ous pieces of literature work present different themes and other literary devices even though

two or more of them can coincidently have their thematic concerns matching. The examples of

works whose literary aspects match in some perspectives are Toni Morri

son and James Alan

McPherson, who authored the two, works “Recitatif” and, “A Loaf of Bread” respectively. These

literary works have instances of storytelling which played different roles intended by their

respective authors and can only be determined upon

critical evaluations of these works. The race

and socio

-

economic statuses are the essential themes that both authors seek to explore using

storytelling even though the characters’ script differ in some aspects. Both Morrison and Alan

present their stories

via writing, while others are aired on the television depending on the target

audience’s perceived economic and social statuses. For instance, Harold Green and Mr. Reed are

among the key characters that are portrayed to have been following the storytellin

g. Through the

media and life issues has shaped their narrative and consequently develop the character's identity.

Also, Morrison justifies how characters’ self

-

confidence and self

-

esteem are influenced by

storytelling and their place in the society can be

impacted by what they hear in different contexts

as warranted by the two stories.

Thesis statement

: This study seeks to focus on how storytelling shapes the personal and

collective identity of a particular group of people.

The Professor’s feedback

:

The i

ntroduction and topic have really improved with this revision, Janice! The argument focus is

becoming clearer, so that's great! My only advice for the thesis (the last sentence in the intro) is to make

it now more than two sentences (so try to condense lik

e so): Therefore, Morrison's work shows

storytelling influences one's identity by shaping their self

-

confidence and self

-

esteem

through_______________(give the detail for how it does this here). On the other hand, McPherson's

text illustrates media and cul

ture's power over narrative through how the news outlets convey the story

of Mr. Green's injustice to his customers and ___________ (or something like this).