Nalyze F. Scott Fitzgeralds Winter dreams”

For this paper assignments, you should write a substantial, clearly organized, stylistically precise, and mechanically correct essay. Paper Three will be worth 25% of final grade and should address a writer or writers we have discussed from midterm through the end of the semester.
Goals:
a? Students will recall the various developmental writing methods and organizational structures and use Standard English guidelines to create a college level analysis of a literary text.
a? Students will understand the appropriate audience and appropriate tone to create a persuasive and believable argument about the theme of the literary text.
a? Students will apply the rules of argumentation, including avoiding fallacies and bias, in creating a valid claim about the theme of the text and presenting evidence found in the text to support that claim in clear topic sentences.
a? Students will analyze a literary text, using literary terms and techniques and critical lenses to narrow the topic, to make a claim and provide support.
a? Students will evaluate the relative worth of outside sources and their usefulness in providing context to develop the literary analysis.
a? Students will compose a well-developed literary analysis that integrates useful quotes and summaries from the original text to provide insight into the theme of the text that the author recognizes.

Assignment
Your paper should:
a? Analyze:
The reality vs. idealism in F. Scott Fitzgeraldas a?Winter Dreamsa?. The reality of reaching the American Dream, achieving wealth, achieving success, achieving social status, reality of social classes, Dexteras idealistic views of Judy vs. reality of Judy(once Dexter finds out about her treatment in her marriage), Dexteras obsession with idealistic views of happiness vs. Dexter self-sabotaging in reality, falsehood of the American social structure during the 1920as after WWI(the lost generation).

Suggested Focuses for the Paper
a? You may want to use literary criticism and present an interpretation that is Feminist, Marxist, Psychoanalytic, etc.

a? You may wish to define the relationship between your text and American culture.

a? You may wish to concentrate on the way in which the text crystallizes an American attitude (or attitudes) toward class, race, gender, nature, psychology, sociology, economics, history, literary theory, literary movements, language, etc.

a? Or you may simply wish to explain an authoras sensibilities and ideas as expressed through the writing.

Requirements
a? Each essay should be 5 pages a excluding Works Cited page.

a? You should cite a minimum of four secondary, critical sources, plus the primary text. The literary text or texts is a primary source and not one of the four critical sources, but it should also be included on the Works Cited page.

a? Use only valid, academic literary criticism. These can be found in collections of essays in books in the library or though the databases offered by Wake Tech Libraries, including JSTOR (on campus only) and NCLive (accessible from home).


Unacceptable Sources
a? Reference Books with summaries of the subject and condensed criticism. While these may be useful for getting a general understanding of how the literature is discussed, you should find full-text articles to cite in your essay. Examples of unacceptable sources include Masterplots, Poetry Criticism, Short Story Criticism, Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, and Nineteenth Century Criticism.
a? Cliffs Notes, Monarch Notes, Sparks Notes, and other general comment sources.
a? Online sources that have not been approved by the instructor prior to submission.

Common Mistakes
a? Avoid excessive biography. Generally, use biography only to support analysis.
a? State a thesis about your topic, and then support the thesis with abundant specific citations from the literature and from the literary critics. (A good rule is to use at least one direct passage from the literature per paragraph.)
a? Be sure the thesis does not make an assertion that is too obvious to the casual reader.
a? Try not to a?replicatea? classroom discussion a except as a point of departure.
a? Do not use plot summary!! Assume the reader has read the work but does not understand it as fully as you do. Therefore, you must explain your view.
a? Do not use back to back quotes. Weave them into your own observations.