Read the stories listed below, carefully considering each story’s use of symbolism: “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver (page 28, 81 ) “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien (page 609) Essay 1: Symbol Analysis For this essay, submit an MLA-formatted Word document (do not copy and paste). In 500-600 words, explain how symbolism is used in one of the stories you read in this lesson. Your essay should be a cohesive response (purposeful paragraphs, one unifying thesis, not list-like) to the use of symbolism to create meaning. Questions to consider include the following: What symbol(s) did you notice in this story? What “big ideas” do the symbols represent? How do the symbols relate to the story’s meaning or overall theme? Can these symbols be interpreted in more than one way? Your first paragraph should include (a) the name of the story and author, (b) a one or two sentence summary of the story and (c) your thesis statement or main point about the symbols used in the story. Your essay should be written in academic style (no first or second person, academic language, use of MLA formatting) and include examples or quotes from the story. There are several sample student essays in your textbook if you would like to see additional examples of good ways to develop a thesis statement, use quotations, and cite sources. Do not consult any source other than the story for this assignment. Example of an “A” Paper Attached Files: Engl 1302 Symbolism Essay.pdf (13.653 KB) Symbolism Sample Essay.docx (14.735 KB) This is a student-written sample essay, which earned an A. Note its: Thesis and introduction Topic sentences leading body paragraphs Use of evidence from the story to support each point Clarity of writing; evidence of proofreading Internal citations Integration of quotes into the author’s own sentences Focus on supporting its thesis throughout Absence of first or second person (no “I” “me” or “you”) Use of objective language (no overly opinionated or judgmental language) Academic tone (no conversational phrasing, slang, or cliche) The work cited should include the class book The Norton Introduction to Literature SHORTER 13TH EDITION Kelly J. Mays
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