broaden your scope, focusing on one significant recurring word, idea, image,

5 pages essay I’d like you to broaden your scope, focusing on one significant recurring word, idea, image, or contrast in a story—a specific repetition, strand, or binary—preferably one that is also (at first, at least) a bit of anomaly—that is puzzling, that you don’t completely understand but that you want to figure out…

Assignment requirements: First, identify an interesting, concrete repetition, strand or binary that occurs in your story. Then, write an essay in which you explore the meaning/significance of this repetition, strand, or binary (RSorB) by analyzing textual evidence (quotations) in which important references to the RSorB appears.

Consider how each new piece of evidence deepens your understanding of the possible meaning or importance of the RSorB, how each occurrence is placed in a new context. In your conclusion, you will state your evolved “thesis statement,” detailing the most plausible and/or interesting answer to the following questions… Why/how is this RSorB important to the story as a whole? How does it enhance your understanding of the story’s overall meaning?

Choose any of the stories we’ve read in class so far, as long as you didn’t already write about this story on the first paper. In addition, you must QUOTE and ANALYZE textual evidence (passages) in order to analyze the meaning of your RSorB.


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