American Literature

American Literature

Response Paper 1 (RP1) Readings: ¤ JOHN CHEEVER: The Swimmer ¤ RALPH ELLISON: Invisible Man (Prologue; Chapter I [Battle Royal]) ¤ ARTHUR MILLER:

Death of a Salesman ¤ FLANNERY O’CONNOR: Good Country People ¤ GWENDOLYN BROOKS: A Street In Bronzeville; the mother; We Real Cool; The Bean Eaters;

The Last Quatrain of the Ballad of Emmett Till Assignment:

Write an essay in which you analyze themes in EACH of the assigned readings. You must identify and explain at least TWO themes for each reading. You

must analyze ALL of the readings in your response, and you must include support/explanation from each. Content and Support: You should present your

analysis in essay form that is appropriate to college-level writing (paragraphs, transitions, an introduction and conclusion, etc.). For help with

this, visit the Handouts and Help section of the Blackboard class site. You must explain your ideas in detail in order to make a clear and complete

argument. For this assignment, you’ll also need to include specific examples (quotes) from the reading to support your analysis. Point of View: Do

not use first person (I, we) or second person (you) in papers for this class. This type of paper (literary analysis) about the readings and should be

written in third person only. College-level papers should always be written in third person unless the assignment/professor specifies otherwise.

Research: You should NOT use outside research in completing this assignment. Instead, present your own ideas with support (quotes) from the reading.

Format: Use MLA style for this and ALL writing assignments in this class. Information on MLA style can be found in at the Handouts and Help section

of the Blackboard class site. Works Cited Page: You need a Works Cited page (MLA style) for this and all response papers. Information on MLA style

can be found in at the Handouts and Help section of the Blackboard class site. Length: There is no specific length requirement; however, you need to

address ALL parts of the assignment in detail, and you must provide explanation of and support for your ideas throughout the paper. There is no set

length requirement. You need to address each and all of the readings within your paper and give examples (quotes) from the readings to support your

ideas about theme

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