Classic English Literature

Readings
“Why I Live at the P.O.” (Eudora Welty)
“The Lesson” (Toni Cade Bambara)

Readings
“Why I Live at the P.O.” (Eudora Welty)
“The Lesson” (Toni Cade Bambara)
Instructions
Write an essay in which you analyze how one character in both stories experiences a loss of innocence.
“Innocence is related to guiltlessness or lack of knowledge. In literature, a character may lose his innocence by becoming aware of the world around him or by doing something that evokes guilt. For instance, in “The Catcher in the Rye,” a classic coming-of-age novel, the protagonist Holden Caulfield is in the midst of losing his innocence. He has been expelled from four schools, he sees most people as “phonies,” and he is dealing with the death of his brother. However, he is not ready to consider himself an adult, and the book frequently deals with the theme of innocence. Caulfield wants to protect the innocence of children, which is symbolic of his need to protect his own childhood or innocence. At the end of the book, he resolves his emotional trouble, pledges to do well at his next school and expresses optimism. This symbolizes his acceptance of his looming adulthood and his symbolic coming of age or loss of innocence.” (Reference)

Content: You should present your analysis in essay form that is appropriate to college-level writing (paragraphs, transitions, an introduction and conclusion, etc.). Targeting your writing is crucial to your success in this class. It’s important to understand and follow the assignment directions – I am looking for a specific kind of analysis as described by each reading response assignment.
Support: You must explain your ideas in detail in order to make a clear and complete argument. For reading response assignments, you MUST to include specific examples (quotes) from the readings to support your analysis.
Organization: Present your analysis in essay form that is appropriate to college-level writing (paragraphs, transitions, an introduction and conclusion, etc.). For help with organization, visit:
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/685/04/
http://writingcenter.unlv.edu/writing/organization.html
http://spcollege.libguides.com/c.php?g=254430&p=1697472
http://www.bucks.edu/media/bcccmedialibrary/pdf/NarrativeStructureOutlineandGraphicOrganizerJuly08_000.pdf
Formal Tone: 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: DO NOT use outside research as support for your ideas. I’m interested in your analysis of the readings ONLY. 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 and help with MLA style can be found at the following links:
• http://palmbeachstate.libguides.com/mla
• https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/
You need a Works Cited page (MLA style) for this and all response papers. For help with Works Cited, visit:
• http://palmbeachstate.libguides.com/mla
• https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/
This site will also help you create citations: http://www.easybib.com
Length: All reading responses should be 2-3 typed, double-spaced pages.

Readings
“Why I Live at the P.O.” (Eudora Welty)
“The Lesson” (Toni Cade Bambara)

Length: All reading responses should be 2-3 typed, double-spaced pages.

Formal Tone: 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: DO NOT use outside research as support for your ideas. I’m interested in your analysis of the readings ONLY. 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 and help with MLA style can be found at the following links:

 

 

 

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