For your Week Three assignment, you will write a two and a half page draft (excluding the title and references page) of your Week Five Literary Analysis. The draft should contain a working thesis (which you wrote in the Week One assignment), an introduction, at least three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Be sure to include some paraphrases and quotations of the reference material in your Week Two Annotated Bibliography. You should use your research to help you develop and support the thesis.

  • Copy and paste the writing prompt you chose to explore in Week One at the beginning of your draft (this will help your instructor see if you focused well on the prompt).
  • Restate your working thesis after the copy-and-paste prompt.
  • Develop your working thesis based on the feedback you have received. Again, the thesis should offer a debatable claim in response to one of the prompts on the list.
  • Analyze the literary work from the approved list of promptsView in a new window chosen in Week One that pertained to your selected topic and include the three key ideas developed in the Week One Proposal.
  • Focus on one primary text.
  • Include references from at least two secondary sources identified on your Week Two Annotated Bibliography. More sources are not necessarily better.
  • Apply your knowledge of literary elements and other concepts in your response to the prompt. Reference the List of Literary TechniquesView in a new window.
  • Avoid any use of the first person.
  • Do not summarize the plot.

PROMPT 2. In some stories, characters come into conflict with the culture in which they live. Often, a character feels alienated in his/her community or society due to race, gender, class or ethnic background. The texts below all contain a character who is ‘outcast’ or otherwise disconnected from society in some way, reflecting important ideas about both the character and the surrounding society’s assumptions, morality, and values. Choose a text and consider the questions below as you critically read the text. Then, craft a working thesis that suggests how this alienation is expressed in the text and why it is significant


“What You Pawn, I Will Redeem” (Sherman Alexie, 2003) 


Guiding Questions: 1. What beliefs and values from Native American culture does the narrator consider important, based on ideas and actions in the story? 2. What kinds of experience and values do characters share across cultural differences like Native Americans and whites, or even between different native groups in the story?
3. How do the bisexual character, the narrator, and the homeless characters in the story all demonstrate and resolve different “outsider” identities?

(You don’t need to answer the 3 questions above)

 
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