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Question Description

Can you help me understand this Communications question?

  • Stein, W. (1961). Faulkner‘s devilModern Language Notes, 76(8), 731-732. doi:10.2307/3039943

Reflect and respond to the short story Faulkners Devil: by selecting one of the following prompts:

  • Imagine that you could become an omniscient character in any of the pieces you have read and could change the plot somehow. Describe the piece of literature in which the character belongs, and how that character would alter the plot. Use details from the piece to note how the plot might change.
  • Using a short story that you read in this unit, analyze a character who begins as a minor character, but evolves into a major character with an important role as the story progresses.
  • Using a short story with which you are familiar, examine how one character influences other characters to change.
  • Examine a character who embodies a dark mood.
  • Examine a character who goes through a complete mental breakdown as the story progresses.
  • Examine the attributes of a determined character.

You should work on answering the question as it relates to the story. How you answer the initial question in the introduction will help you to develop your thesis. There is no need to include a summary of the story, as your instructor has read the stories; instead, focus on writing a reader-response essay. Review the following resource:

The following video provides a great introduction to writing a thesis for your literary analysis.

For each main point that you select, support that point with quotes from the story. Then, share your analysis of how and why the main point and evidence/quotes/examples fit together.

Remember that reader-response paragraphs are less formal than other types of academic writing. However, as we are working to master APA academic writing, do not use first-person point of view, so no “I” in these paragraphs or in the thesis. Instead, use objective third-person point of view.

For a successful critical thinking assignment, you must do the following:

  • Have a strong thesis statement that you craft after constructing your evidence-based paragraphs. View the following links for more information:
  • Use specific textual support from the text in the body of your paper.
  • Apply literary terms from Modules 1 and 2 to provide analysis and rationale for your assertions.
  • Include quotations with your close reading. This is important so you can work to analyze the author’s words and is an essential part of literary analysis.
  • Proofread for errors in spelling, grammar, and writing mechanics. Vary sentence structure and sentence length to add interest.

Writing Requirements

  • Should be 2 pages in length (not counting the title page and references page)
  • Minimum of two scholarly references in addition to the course textbook (The CSU Global Library is a good place to find these references.)
  • Follow correct APA guidelines found in CSU Global Writing Center (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.) with regard to the following:
    • Font style and size
    • Margins and spacing
    • References page (Cite primary and secondary sources.)

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