A close critical reading where you set up a thesis and develop it into an essay with specific evidence from the story
This is a close critical essay. It will be based on a short story from The New Yorker: a?Mayflya? by Kevin Canty.
I have sent you the story in a pdf that you can print & read.
This is not a research paper (no secondary research; in other words, please donat read what others have said about the story) but an interpretative analysis based on your reading of a?Mayfly.a? This assignment asks you to do a close critical reading where you set up a thesis and develop it into an essay with specific evidence from the story using the following questions to trigger your thought:
1. From whose point of view is the story told? How does this help shape the storyas focus?
2. Whatas the significance of the monarchs in the opening scenes? The blue butterflies later?
3. Whatas the significance of the mayflies? Jamesa experience fly fishing while Mollyas in Denver?
4. What is the setting and how does it enhance the story?
5. How do life and death, endings and beginnings shape the story?
6. What are the views on marriage?
Also use the textbookas a?checklista? for a?writing about charactera? (115) to help you understand character. A good strategy is to answer the checklist questions for the characters and then answer my questions. The knowledge you generate through answering all these questions will give you a basis for putting together a smart thesis and writing a smart character analysis. (The editors of our text have a good chapter on Writing About A Story, beginning on p. 1356. Early office visits and meeting with the tutor are good times to discuss the critical essays.)
Now, in a well-developed essay that draws on the convention of formal essays (introductory paragraph with specific thesis, developed body paragraphs with topic sentences, a concluding paragraph that does more than summarize), analyze the short story. Remember, you are not to retell the plot but break down and analyze the story.