Patterson's Eng 1102 TR Literary Analysis Essay 2


Choose one of the topics below for your second literary essay. The paper must be from 500-800 words in length, be double-spaced, have one-inch margins and use 12-point font. A printed copy of your essay is due when class begins on March 26 and must be submitted to .


Again, this essay should include an introduction paragraph in which you present a clear thesis. Furthermore, analysis requires moving beyond surface-level “who-what-where-when” information to provide answers to “why” and “how”. Remember to mention the title and author of each work which you are discussing in the introduction as well. Your essay should have at least three well-developed body paragraphs, and end with a conclusion paragraph which brings closure without being repetitive. For more information, see the handout on literary analysis.


All verbs should again be present tense, and you should use specific details from the stories to support your individual observations. You will also want to quote words, phrases or possibly whole sentences, citing appropriate page, act/scene/line numbers in parenthesis at the ends of sentences using quoted material. The online handout on writing about literature provides visual examples of such citation.  Likewise, incorporate appropriate literary terminology from the fiction and drama terms sheet into your analysis.


As with the prior lit analysis essays this semester, you should USE NO RESEARCH OF ANY KIND IN THIS ESSAY. And as always, evidence of plagiarism will result in a zero (-0-) for the assignment.



-Though their differences are numerous, how are Sammy from Updike’s “A&P” and the protagonist in “Battle Royal” similar? Issues to consider would include, but not be limited to, their motivations, stages of life, social statuses and interactions with other characters.


-Despite their obvious differences in time settings and marital status, how are Emily from Faulkner’s “Rose for Emily” and Amanda from Williams’ The Glass Menagerie similar characters? What conflicts do they share? How do these conflicts represent those of the “Old South” with modern times?


-Define “dramatic interpretation,” and, having now seen film adaptations of “Rose for Emily” and The Glass Menagerie, choose one of these works and discuss the impacts of dramatic interpretation upon the theme, plot and character development of the original work by comparing and contrasting it to the film version seen in class. ( If you want to re-watch either, you may arrange to do that in the GHC Library )