Compose an analytical essay of at least 1,200 words in which you offer an interpretation of a literary element in
one of the assigned short stories. Write your analysis focusing on one of the following elements in one of the
Start by selecting one of the short stories assigned by your instructor. Brainstorm to identify the literary element
that you would like to explore in the story. Choose from character, theme, symbolism, imagery, or setting. Then,
develop a thesis that offers a specific interpretation of this element.
Do not do any outside research at this point.
Use APA formatting and citations.
Tips for the Essay
Open your introduction with an engaging opener, such as a question, quote from the story, or interesting idea.
Then, connect to the short story and mention the title and the author. End your introduction with a thesis
statement that interprets a literary element of the story.
The body paragraphs should support your thesis. Present specific aspects of the short story that help to
illustrate your points. Make sure to quote from the story and analyze specific lines that support your argument.
Body paragraphs typically have at least two short quotations each as supporting evidence.
Include a strong concluding paragraph that summarizes your main points and explains the significance of the
thesis. Finish this paragraph with a strong and satisfying ending.
Ellison, “Battle Royal”
pages 287-298 ch. 15
Kirszner, L.G. & Mandell, S.R. (2016). Compact Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing (9th ed.). Boston:
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