The essay assignment asks you to examine closely one of the texts we’ve read this semester and then write a sustained interpretation. You should aim to convince readers that your view of the story or novel is insightful and can be supported by an imaginative reading of specific passages from the text. Since we have discussed all of these stories in conferences, your essay will explore some of the themes suggested by these stories, not a rehashing of the plot.
In some ways, this may be a difficult assignment to begin working on, especially if you don’t have a lot of familiarity writing interpretive essays.
*Discuss the Gothic horror elements in 2 of the following stories: “The Cask of Amontillado,”Edgar Allen Poe, “A Rose for Emily,” William Faulkner, and “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Use quotes and examples from the stories to prove your point. Don’t forget to include a strong thesis statement.*
Your paper must be 4 pages long double spaced or roughly 1000 – 1400 words.
online text of the short stories:
“The Yellow Wallpaper”- http://itech.fgcu.edu/faculty/wohlpart/alra/gilman.htm#INSERT%203
“The Cask of Amontillado”- http://www.literature.org/authors/poe-edgar-allan/amontillado.html
“A rose for Emily”- http://xroads.virginia.edu/~drbr/wf_rose.html
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