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ENG 1102 Troy University Composition and Modern English Analysis of Fiction Questions

ENG 1102

Troy University

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Write an 850 word essay on one of the following topics. This essay must be logically organized, grammatically correct, clearly and precisely worded and sufficiently supported with quotations and/or details from the work. It should also provide a comprehensive analysis of the issue in question, and any literary analysis should eventually lead to an explanation of the theme of the work. Make a claim about the story and support it with specific details. Your essay does not have to answer all of the questions listed with the topic nor does it have to be structured by them. The questions are there to prompt your thought processes about the stories.

Your essay must be in standard essay format and based on your own ideas; research is not necessary. If you do use material from secondary sources, then you must use MLA format for your citations. Be sure to double space your essays, number your pages, use 12 font, 1 inch margins, and include your name, my name, the class, and the date in the top, left corner of the first page.

If you would like to write on a topic other than those provided, you may do so, but you must have the instructor’s approval. You might want to look at the questions at the end of the works in the textbook for ideas.

Be sure to read the sections in the literature textbook about writing literary analysis essays.
1. “A & P” - Point of View - How does the first person, unreliable narrator function in this story? What is the result of the story being told from this point of view? How does it help or hinder the presentation of character and/or theme?
2. “Araby” - Setting and Symbolism - What does Araby symbolize to the boy, and how is the conflict of the story resolved when he goes there?
3. “A & P” and “Araby” – Both these stories are initiation stories, meaning that the boys experience growth, or a rite of passage, from one stage of life (e.g. childhood) to another (young adulthood). What do you think the each boy has learned? How is their growth similar or different?
4. "A Rose for Emily" – Setting – How does the narrator describe Emily's house and neighborhood? How is this description important in our attempt to understand Emily's character?
5. "A Rose for Emily" – Point of View – Who narrates this story? Why is this figure's perspective important to the understanding we gain of Emily Grierson?
6. “A Good Man is Hard to Find”– Symbolism – Discuss the role of religion in the story either symbolically or thematically.
7. "A Good Man is Hard to Find" - Character - Compare and contrast the Misfit and the grandmother in the story. What are they like and how do you know? How are they similar and how are they different? Why is this important to the theme in the story?
8. Select three of O'Brien's qualifications for a true war story. Formulate a working definition for what O'Brien considers “true” in storytelling. How are truth and factual accuracy related?

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Question 2: “Araby” - Setting and Symbolism - What does Araby symbolize to the boy,
and how is the conflict of the story resolved when he goes there?
James Joyce's “Araby” Setting and Symbolism
The short story “Araby” was composed by a modernist writer James Joyce, who lived
from 1882 to 1941. The masterpiece is composed in a close first-person narrator interpreting and
describing the world as it appeals to his senses (Harry Stone 320). As it is in many of his stories,
the author subjects the reader to a complicated life interpretation. The story lacks an outright
moral resolution attracting different literary interpretations from the audience. James Joyce
Araby covers the life story of a young boy who fails to realize his obsession with a strange girl
living across the street. By naming the story Araby, the author symbolizes the strangeness and
otherness of the environment.
In the story, Araby refers to an actual marketplace located on the outskirts of Dublin. The
name symbolizes the place where the narrator, Joyce, used to visit during his young age to please
the girls he likes....

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