should be typed. Your paper should
have a title. Your analysis
should present a thesis statement that makes a
claim about the relationship between the
literary work and the philosophical theory.
support the thesis with relevant examples (both
quoted and paraphrased) from the BOTH texts
under examination, cited in MLA format.
This paper is meant to be
an analysis, not a plot summary. Plot summary is
obvious to anyone who has read the text. Assume
that your reader has read both the literary work
and the philosophical theory. You should not
include everything that happened in the text;
only include the elements of the narrative that
are relevant to your thesis.
historical present when writing about a
character or an author’s style. For example,
banished) to the fringes of society.”
However, use the traditional past tense to write
about actual things that happened in the past.
For example, “Steinbeck
wrote (not writes) about a
period in American history during which workers
were alienated by the development of machinery.
For titles of parts of works, (i.e. short
stories, most poems, articles, songs) use
marks. For titles of complete works, (i.e.
novels, epic poems, albums)
italicize or underline.
Names. It is conventional to refer to
authors by their last names only. Sometimes,
lesser-known authors are referred to by their
first and last name. However, never refer to an
author simply by his/her first name.
Since you are only allowed
to submit ONE piece of paper, you are not
required to conform to Modern Language
Association (MLA) standards for your heading or
margins. However, I do expect you to format your
citations according to MLA guidelines.
The MLA recommends a system of in-text
citations. Here is how the system works:
The source is
introduced by a signal phrase that names its
being cited is followed by a page number in
parentheses. Be sure that your citation is
punctuated following this format:
last word” (page
At the end of the
paper, a list of works cited (arranged
alphabetically according to authors’ last names)
gives complete publication information about the
Your citations should look
Bishop also utilizes the setting to help express
this contrast. The Man “does not see the moon; he observes only her vast properties” (2267).
You will be graded on the
quality of your analysis. I am looking for a
strong thesis and relevant support from the
text—due to paper length constraints, this means
that your writing must be
concise because you do not have room to discuss anything that is not
essential to your argument. I am also looking at
how you structure your essay, and how well you