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In an essay of about 750 words, consider the theme of identity (or a theme of your choice) in 2-3 of the works in this unit.
Robinson’s “Richard Cory” and “Miniver Cheevy”
Frost’s “Mending Wall,” “The Road Not Taken,” “Birches,”
Williams’s “The Red Wheelbarrow”
Pound’s “In a Station of the Metro”
Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
This essay should include 2-3 secondary sources found via the Library Databases.
Your essay should make an argument about these works. Or in other words, your thesis statement should suggest a particular lens through which to view these texts. Please include at least one literary elements in your thesis statement. For example, you might discuss the way that the symbolism in two of these stories highlights an aspect of the theme of identity.
As you compose your thesis statement, read these stories again looking at some of the elements we have discussed in class. For instance, symbolism, setting, narrative form, figurative language, etc.
This essay must include MLA formatted in-text citations and a works cited.
First: compose a strong thesis. Your thesis should be specific. It should also be arguable – – in other words, open to potential disagreement. Don’t make a judgment in your thesis (you are not a reviewer). Instead, suggest a way to view the text.
Do a close reading and use this as evidence to support your interpretation. Analyze the texts. Find examples to support the interpretation you suggest in your thesis. Is there language that supports your thesis? What images or metaphors are used? What is their effect on the meaning? What patterns of language, imagery, or plot do you see? What words, phrases, or passages connect to a larger context? Be careful to avoid simply summarizing or paraphrasing your text – – focus on analysis and interpretation.