Essay 1

| January 8, 2016

essay of five paragraphs, explain as specifically as possible how the author communicates the message (theme, as you understand it) of

one of the following stories through the use of characterization and/or setting: “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings,” “Hills Like

White Elephants,” or “Two Kinds.” Be sure that your essay follows the following classical structure:

Paragraph One (about 100 words): Introductory paragraph – Open with an attention-getting hook, then follow with a brief discussion of

why your approach is important, and conclude with a three-part thesis statement which your essay will then defend.

Paragraph Two (about 250): Defend point one of your thesis using sound reasoning as well as evidence from the story itself. Whenever

you quote from the story, use quote marks (“…”) and include in parentheses after the quote the page number from which it is taken.

Paragraph Three (about 250): Defend point two of your thesis using sound reasoning as well as evidence from the story itself. Whenever

you quote from the story, use quote marks (“…”) and include in parentheses after the quote the page number from which it is taken.

Paragraph Four (about 250): Defend point three of your thesis using sound reasoning as well as evidence from the story itself. Whenever

you quote from the story, use quote marks (“…”) and include in parentheses after the quote the page number from which it is taken.

Paragraph Five (about 100 words): Concluding paragraph – Open with a re-statement of your thesis, then provide a brief discussion of

why what you have proven is important (In other words, you are answering the question, “So what?”), and conclude with recommendations

to the reader (that is, what might the reader do with what you have proven, how might all this benefit the reader?).

The above is provided as a guideline for how to structure your essay. Within this there is a great deal of freedom to be creative. Just

be sure to stay focused. Support every point you make. Listen to your sentences and aim for clarity and freedom from mechanical,

grammatical, and spelling errors.

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