For this assignment, you will write a 2-3 page (not including Works Cited) analytical paper on any one of the two primary texts assigned for the course so far (Ethan Frome and Winesburg, Ohio). The focus should be primarily on investigating an aspect of the text that interests you (a character’s behavior, a moment of plot development, a recurring theme or motif, etc.) and explaining how that aspect of the text relates to, illustrates, or is defined by your concept of “rural.” (For example, Ethan Frome seems particularly interested in how the town behaves toward Ethan and how his awareness of the town affects his choices and behavior. What might these observations say about rural attitudes toward community and propriety?) At its core, this assignment is based on close reading, and should offer clear support from you chosen text as well as thoughtful consideration/explanation of that support. You should be trying to say something original and interesting, based on your reading of the text.
The paper should adhere to MLA format guidelines, a
The essay will be evaluated on the following criteria: effective presentation of thesis, selection of supporting passages/details, arrangement of information, writing style, and technical matters.