Omparative Analysis In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Overview: The second formal essay builds on the first by moving from a critical response to one text to a comparative analysis of two or three. Once again, you will need to employ critical reading and thinking skills to analyze individual texts. Since your readers will likely not be familiar with the texts to which you are referring, you must also utilize your skills of accurately, and succinctly, summarizing complicated scholarly arguments.

Unlike the critical response, this is an expository, not an argumentative assignment. Your thesis here will be an explanation of how the texts youare comparing are related to one another; how are they similar and different; where do they agree and disagree; what can a reader learn from these comparisons? This is a kind of argument; one that claims that your explanation of the material is accurate and interesting.

Details: In this assignment you are to compare two scholarly texts that discuss Truman Capoteas non-fiction novel, In Cold Blood. So much has been written about this book that it is possible that everyone in the class might choose a different article, or even two different articles, to analyze. Therefore, there is no reason for you not to choose your texts carefully. Donat accept the first thing that comes up on your search. Make sure that you completely understand the secondary texts youare using a this may require reading several before choosing the ones you feel comfortable with and interested in. It will certainly involve reading the ones you do choose several times. Of course, a good understanding of In Cold Blood is also important, as a grounding in the primary text will allow you to make sense of and analyze the articles written about it.

Sources: You must compare 2-3 scholarly articles (i.e. from a peer-reviewed journal), which you must locate on your own. You may use one of the 3 articles Iave posted on Blackboard if you like, but must find the second (and third, if you choose) on your own.

Required Items: Your thesis statement here should be an explanation of why you believe that looking at/comparing these two (or 3) articles is interesting, useful, thought-provoking, or whatever you say it is. You should be as specific as possible, letting the reader know what you will discuss in the rest of the essay. In your introduction, before you delve into the details of each article, you should give an overview of both, explaining each authoras claim, first briefly and then, later in the essay, in more detail. By the end of your essay you should address each authoras: claim, reasons, evidence, concessions, and warrants.

Questions to Consider: What common ideas/topics do the articles address? What similarities or differences do you see in their approaches to their common ideas/topics? Where are their major points of agreement? Where are their major points of difference? Why does it matter that these two texts are similar and different? How does it affect our understanding of the primary text? How does it affect our understanding of the aims of non-fiction? Of the novel? Move from these general questions towards a statement (or series of statements) that explain(s) how these separate readings relate to each other.