ASSIGNMENT: Considering methods suggested throughout the course, choose one of t

ASSIGNMENT: Considering methods suggested throughout the course, choose one of the short stories covered in class and write an argumentative essay in response.
Your essay must discuss the importance of a significant literary element present in the selected story.
You may choose to write an essay that analyzes one of the following:
a major character’s role;
a major theme or motif;
the work’s portrayal of gender norms;
or, how the setting relates to the narrative.
Your essay should be 500 words in length (+/- 50 words).
Be sure to include a clear, outlining thesis statement.
Your essay must include appropriate textual evidence, cited in the body of your essay and the Works Cited page according to MLA guidelines.
Indicate which topic you are writing about in your essay’s title (for example “Who Watches the Watchmen: Interrogating the Question of Censorship in Children’s Literature”).
Students must format papers using the MLA style throughout, including in-text citations and the Works Cited page.
SHORT FICTION: Choose from the following works of short fiction:
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown”
Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour”
James Joyce’s “Araby”
Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants”
Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”
Margaret Atwood’s “Happy Endings”
Louise Erdrich’s “The Red Convertible”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Birdsong”
FORMAT: Your essay must adhere to MLA format guidelines (consult Purdue’s MLA guide online).
In particular, this means you must follow MLA guidelines when formatting your essay’s first page (for instance, there is no title page), when formatting your header and any end notes, when documenting quotes and paraphrases, and when formatting your Works Cited list.
You are only required to use primary sources for this assignment;

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