Although readers consider plot to be the central element of fiction writers usually remark that stories begin with characters. Youve probably heard the maxim that stories happen only to people who can tell them. By the same token as the British novelist Phyllis Bottome once observed If a writer is true to his characters they will give him his plot. With this in mind choose one of the short-stories for this week and analyze how its action grows out of the personality of its protagonist and the situation he/she faces.
Below are some questions to help you develop your analysis:
For a sample character analysis see pp. 38-40 in LIT paying particular attention to how the thesis statement is set up and developed throughout. Consider using a similar template for your thesis: In many ways X comes across as/plays the part of a He/she is/does However a closer look at X reveals
Please draw from your existing knowledge of writing to put forth your best work on this essay. Note that while quotes from the short-short story in question will help provide evidence for your reasons the idea of this assignment is NOT to summarize the plot (simply tell what happened in the story). Rather discuss how the elements of fiction work together to portray a memorable relatable or intriguing character.
REQUIRED: You need to submit your essay in two places: theV-Camp Dropboxand inTurnitinby 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. See syllabus for our course ID and password.
Paste a copy of thegrading rubricbelow at the end of your document (immediately following the References page/entries). Failure to do so will result in loss of points.