Ultimately, for Essay #2, you will compose an analytical essay on one of the stories read for this unit.
But, for this week's journal, you will examine each of the following stories in depth:
James Baldwin, "Sonny's Blues," p. 38
Flannery O'Connor, "A Good Man is Hard to Find," p. 735
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "The Yellow Wallpaper," p. 342
William Faulkner, "A Rose for Emily," p. 314
Leo Tolstoy, "The Death of Ivan Ilych," p. 889
On the basis of your investigation, you will decide which story you would like to use in Essay #2.
This will be a rhetorical analysis.
Your text, Ann Charter's TheShort Story and Its Writer, provides background material on "Analysis," on p. 1272.
What does your assignment tell you to do?
"Conduct an analysis of each story by "breaking" the story into its component parts.
This means making notes of the areas that stand out to you.
For example, examine the characters, what they do, say, what others say about them and so forth.
Then, go on to another features such as point of view.
Then go on to others."
"Next, read the corresponding Casebook entries for each story. You may use these as well as any other secondary research to enlighten the author's meaning/purpose/message (potentially your thesis) in the stories."
The Casebooks are found in Part Three of The Short Story and Its Writer.
"Take notes on these Casebook entries and another research you obtain."
Professor Gendron will be explaining how to synthesize an essay from the notes you compile, and how to document sources.
Finally, "as you work on this essay, prepare a "Working Bibliography."
This creates a formal account of each source used.
It is best to keep track of sources as you go along.
You will turn this record of sources into your Final Bibliography.