Combination literary analysis essay


You will be writing a five-paragraph literary analysis on a combination of two different genres either poetry, prose, or drama using one of the listed questions on the instruction sheet attached.
Paragraph 1- thesis statement
paragraph 3-4 Provides supporting body of thesis statement including in-text citations of a maximum of 20%.
Paragraph 5- Conclusion that Still matches the thesis statement and supports the body of the essay.

Select one theme/question from the list below and respond in a five-paragraph essay containing essential elements of literary analysis (thesis statement, textual support, in-text citation and documentation). Your essay must respond to selected prompt/question by analyzing assigned texts from at least two of the three genres. You may choose texts from prose and poetry or prose and drama or poetry and drama. Any combination of two of the three genres is fine.

1) One important theme that recurs in some of the literary texts we have read is the search for identity. Examine how the search for identity is played out in your chosen texts.

2) Perhaps one of humanity’s greatest fears is the fear of the unknown. This fear is buried deep in our sub-consciousness, but it is the root of our troubles and suffering. It causes us to invent stories, create illusions, and establish norms and makes us obsessed with being able to identify and label everything. Discuss how fear of the unknown creates or contributes to tensions developing in your chosen texts.

3) One socio-political phenomenon explored in the literature we have read is systematic discrimination against specific groups of people such as women and African-Americans. Examine how your chosen texts explore this issue and what seems to be their commentary about it.

Prose reading selections
“Sonny’s Blues” James Baldwin
“The Lady with the Pet Dog” Anton Chekhov
“Desiree’s Baby” Kate Chopin
“Battle Royal” Ralph Ellison
“Young Goodman Brown” Nathaniel Hawthorne
“Hills Like White Elephants” Ernest Hemingway
“To Build a Fire” Jack London
“The Things They Carried” Tim O’Brien
“The Yellow Wallpaper” Charlot Perkins Gilman
“Everyday Use” Alice Walker
“A Worn Path” Eudora Welty

Drama reading selections
Lorraine Hansberry A Raisin in the Sun
Henrik Ibsen A Doll’s House
Sophocles Oedipus the King
William Shakespeare Hamlet
Arthur Miller Death of a Salesman

Poem selections
I died from beauty by Emily Dickinson
A poison tree by William Blake
Sad guitar by Marilyn Chin
The flea by john donne
Bright star by john Keats
Skunk Hour by Robert Lowell
Parents day by Sharon Olds
Singsong by Rita Dove
The boyfriends by jenny bornholdt
Stereo by Anne Waldman
The change by Alicia Suskin ostriker
The sky lark by John Clare
Elena by pat mora
Canvassing by sara Holbrook
Feminist arm candy for the mafia and Sinatra by joan jobe smith
Blues for bonnie by ray bremser
I am 25 by gregory corso
After a year of isolation by edward sanders
Pied beauty gerald manley hopkins
The bean eaters by gwendolyn brooks
Song for a dark girl by langston huhes

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