Paper 2 – Trace
Context |As a unit, we have read (or will soon read) the following short pieces from our course textbook:
Kate Chopin, “The Story of an Hour” (15)
Annie Proulx, “Job History” (77)
William Faulkner, “A Rose for Emily” (82)
Ernest Hemingway, “Soldier’s Home” (166)
Ralph Ellison, “Battle Royal” (226)
Raymond Carver, “Popular Mechanics” (269)
Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Young Goodman Brown” (315)
Flannery O’Connor, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” (356)
Flannery O’Connor, “Good Country People” (367)
James Joyce, “Eveline” (407)
Zora Neale Hurston, “Spunk” (502)
Task |Your task for this assignment is to trace an image, symbol, or theme through two separate short stories. How does each story use their respective image, symbol, or theme? To what ends? How are the stories’ uses different? How are they the same? You will be limited to selecting stories that you have not already used as the basis for a paper. In addition to the suggested reading below, you may also want to refresh your knowledge of literary elements like plot, character, setting, point of view, symbolism, theme, style, tone, and irony. You will see many of these terms explained and discussed in the index to our course textbook. One note: you are required to schedule and complete two writing tutor appointments through the course of our term. Failure to do so will result in half credit on paper grades.
Your task is to complete this assignment following the first three course competencies identified in our course syllabus.
i. Write a variety of sentence structures (simple, compound, complex) consistent with the conventions of American English.
ii. Write a unified, coherent 4 –5 paragraph essay, using methods of development suited to the topic.
iii. Write an essay in response to a reading, demonstrating literal comprehension and critical thinking.
Expectations |As the second paper for the course, I expect your writing to:
1. Continue toward satisfying course competencies 1-3, numbered above.
2. Effectively address the given writing task.
3. Be between 500 – 650 words long.
4. Include your name, my name, the course number and meeting dates, a word count at the top of your first page, and an interesting or clever title.
5. Be printed, double spaced, and written in a 12-pt (max) font size.
6. Be submitted on time, as a digital copy, via Blackboard and Turnitin, by 11:59 PM, on Friday, November 19th, 2021.