Ssay 2: Nine Stories by J. D. Salinger. Interpretation of a Pattern in the Stories.

Assignment: Write an essay of about 1200 words or more that identifies and explains a pattern that unifies the book Nine Stories, in your view. The pattern might be a recurring idea, a theme, a feature or action shared by several characters, a way of expression by Salinger, hints or foreshadowing among different stories, a developing sequence or cycle, or something else that you observe. The pattern should not be trivial but a factor that characterizes the stories in some waya a pattern that helps us to understand how the stories are linked, why they belong in the same book, and what they mean, to some degree, as a whole.
Cite all references to Nine Stories, both in the essay and in a Work Cited; Nine Stories itself is your only allowed source. Follow MLA documentation standards and formats as precisely as possible. Also, please be sure to do your own work and adhere to the GCC Academic Honesty Policy in all respects, as always. While the consequences for violating that Academic Honesty are dire, including failure on the assignment, the rewards for producing and developing your own interpretation of this set of stories are great.
Note that you must address and include examples from all nine stories in order to make your case as cogently as possible. Emphasize the development of a logical, high-quality argument, remembering that the goal here is to show a trend that permeates the book, unifies it, and helps your readers to make more sense out of it than they would have gleaned otherwise.

Essential Elements of the Essay
1. Introduction
a? Brief introduction to the author and book as a whole
a? Introduction to the concept underlying the pattern you will be developing
a? Thesis: the pattern of all nine stories that your essay will argue, and the insight that you derive from your analysis of this pattern
2. Development of Support for your thesis
o Examples from all nine stories
a? Note that although you might very well proceed through the stories in the order in which they appear in the book, you may arrange your examples in any order that works logically for your thesis development
o Arrange your thesis support either story-by-story, one at a time, or point-by-point, with the possibility of including more than one story in a given paragraph.
o Select at least one example from each story, though you may want or need to include more.
o Use quotations to show exact wordings when that is necessary; also make use of paraphrasing to reword an idea, or summary to condense material. Cite all 3 kinds of references to the book.
o Take your time to explain each example carefully, logically, and thoroughly. Blend in, set up, and otherwise integrate quotations very smoothly so that their context within your essay is clear.
o Note the great need to avoid logical fallacies and to draw reasoned conclusions that are clearly supported and explained.
3. Conclusion
a? Summation of the train of thought of the essayas thesis development
a? Final insights about Nine Stories, human nature, or another topic that effectively leaves the reader thinking about the implications of the pattern that you have interpreted