Critical analysis on at least one selection from The Norton Introduction to Literature
EADING I CHOSE
“A Pair of Tickets” by Amy Tan
You will compose a 5-page, critical analysis on at least one selection from The Norton Introduction to Literature, which is due before class on Friday, February 7th.
Your essay should critically analyze your chosen text, featuring your ability to interpret meaning, compare and contrast other works, synthesize new ideas, and demonstrate an awareness of logic and reasoning. Since you have the benefit of revision, you should expect to produce a mechanically sound and stylistic paper, one that clearly presents a thoughtful and original position.
1. Develop your own, original, insightful thesis statement that responds to one or more fiction selections from The Norton Introduction to Literature. Within your analysis, incorporate THREE or more elements of critical fiction analysis: plot, narration, point of view, character, setting, symbolism, figurative language, or theme.
and Works Cited Page
In addition to The Norton Introduction to Literature, you must cite at least two secondary outside sources that in some way
strengthen your essay. Your sources might provide additional evidence to support your thesis, illustrate a specific point you
have presented, or address the viewpoint of another writer you wish to agree with or argue against.
The quality of your secondary sources also matters, meaning that academic or research-oriented sources will be valued for
credibility over simple Google searches and popular opinion. While you are welcome to cite in-class texts such as class
discussions or papers, these should not be counted as outside sources. For the best sources, plan on visiting the library for
books and journal articles, which you may review as hard copies or as electronic ones.