A Rose for Emily, Sonny’s Blues, The falling flower, Shall I Compare Thee To a Summer’s Day

1. “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner
2. “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin
3. “London” by William Blake
4. “The falling flower” by Arakida Moritake
5. “Shall I Compare Thee To a Summer’s Day” by William Shakespeare


Use MLA format and double space. A staple in the top left corner (if you submit a hard copy), and no cover page is needed. Minimum 5 full pages (not counting works cited page), maximum 7 pages, and use at least five credible sources to support your thesis-driven essay. When I say thesis-driven, I mean that you should assert in the first paragraph what aspect of the work or theme you will be exploring. What is the work about, or what does it say to you? Identifying the theme of the short story/poem/drama you are writing about is your thesis, which should appear in your introductory paragraph. In the body of the paper, make specific references to the text by either quoting or paraphrasing it, and also try to include your five sources enough but not overuse them. Make it a goal to cite each critic at least twice within your paper (parenthetical citation). You must write the paper on one of the works we are reading in the course, and you may not write on the same work you used for a previous paper. Try to figure out which text interests you and let me know early on what you decide. Remember that I asked for credible sources, so be sure that your source is a respected critic. Also, your essay must be a literary criticism of a literary text, not a history paper or biographical paper. Step One: Identify which story/poem/drama you will analyze Step Two: Figure out your thesis (what is the theme of the story/poem/drama?) Step Three: Do your research, using databases and reference material available through the CCM library to find five critical sources Step Four: Organize your thoughts by constructing an outline if you wish Step Five: Write the essay, producing a literary criticism based on your thesis idea (the theme), and incorporating quotes from the story and the five critical sources to support your points Step Six: Revise the essay a bunch of times.

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