Ompare and Contrast Trifles, The Yellow Wallpaper, and Advice to Young Ladies
INTRODUCTION: Introduce us to the story, poem, and play, including titles and authors. Include a thesis that reflects the main points of your synthesis and at least hints at your overall interpretation of these three works. In other words, your intro must:
a. Introduce the literary works (titles and authors)
b. Give the reader a sense of the focus and direction of the paper.
Remember, it is best to refine your intro AFTER youve worked through the body of the paper. If you cant think of how to start the paper, give it up and just work on the body. Come back to it later. Just because it is the first thing the reader sees doesnt mean you have to WRITE it first!
BODY: Here, you will present your comparison and contrast of these three works. You want to synthesize the three works into one cohesive analysis. What do they have in common? What new themes and insights emerge when you look at these three works in light of each other? As soon as you begin comparing and contrasting literary works, you begin to come up with new ideas–you begin to see the works differently. That is what you are aiming for here. Dont do three separate interpretations only; instead, make sure you spend considerable time weaving the three texts together, and showing how new interpretations emerge from them by placing them next to each other. You might want to take several paragraphs (maybe one or two per work) after the intro to give a brief analysis of each work alone. Once you move to discussing the second text, you naturally begin comparing that second text to the one you just discussed–and so on with the third text. You can then move into the bulk of your paper–the comparing/contrasting. You can see how this can be quite a juggling act: Make sure you have clear transitions between ideas.
CONCLUSION: I have some specific things I want you to tackle in your conclusion. Your conclusion should run a couple of paragraphs–at the VERY LEAST one good-sized paragraph. After you have presented your analysis/synthesis of the three works, I want you to pull back and consider this question: SO WHAT? Why bother with going through this study of literature, comparing/contrasting these three works–who cares? What does this kind of study offer to us, as human beings? In other words, I am asking you do do an application here: What can we hope to gain from such a study of literary texts? Is this merely some abstract academic exercise?Does it have any value beyond academia (any social, political, personal, historical, etc. value)? I want you to answer this question in your conclusion, referring to the three works youve analyzed as references in your response. You will need to think about a good Bridge,or transition, between the last paragraph of the body and the first part of the conclusion.
Please, please, please DO NOT summarize the contents of the short story, drama, or poem. I am familiar with all of these literary works You do not have to tell what happens. Choose a theme, and explain why this theme is concurrent or highlighted in all of the text.
You should provide information about the content only as it relates DIRECTLY to a point you are making. Deductions will be applied if a significant portion of your analysis is mere summary. Some of you have been burned on this before; please make sure you understand the difference between analysis and summary.
Poem: Advice to Young Ladies by A.D. Hope
Short Story: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Play: Trifles by Susan Glaspell