Literary Analysis Research Paper
Choose one of the topics below, and in 1800-2500 words (roughly six to nine pages) support a clear and focused thesis statement using the primary source text (the story and/or poem) and a minimum of one secondary source for the biographical information from Academic Search Premier
This is not a five paragraph essay. This is an extended essay in which you will likely write at least six to eight body paragraphs.
Each body paragraph must contain at least one direct quotation from the primary text that supports the point you are making in the paragraph. Be sure to explain how the quotation supports the point. The paper must contain at least one direct quotation from each secondary source for a minimum of four secondary sources.
Adhere to MLA format and include an original title for your Research Paper. (See The Little Seagull Handbook or Mr. Field’s Wiki Page http://dfield.pbworks.com/w/page/53050421/FrontPage.) Information on the Works Cited page is NOT to be used when determining paper length.
Your primary purpose of the paper is to analyze and/or explicate the story(ies) and/or poem(s); therefore, your thesis should speak directly to theme(s) and your examples should support your interpretation of the meaning(s). Choose one:
Research the tragic life and times of Edgar Allan Poe. Pick one of his short stories and one of his poems to analyze. How did his tragic life and times influence the themes of his short story and poem?
You should spend no more than two pages on the biography of you chosen writer. Remember, this is a literary analysis research paper