Cathedral by Raymond Carver

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Write a clear, concise, and focused essay of approximately 1000-1200 words in which you analyze a short story or a poem. Remember that you can focus on the aesthetic elements of the literary work. Use MLA style for this paper. Some of the themes that you could analyze include • coming-of-age • gender conflict • generation conflict • spirituality/religion • romantic love Analyze how the most appropriate combination of literary elements from this list works together to express the theme. Choose three elements from this list. • setting • characterization • tone • point of view • imagery/symbolism • figurative language • rhyme and rhythm and any other sound devices(if it’s a poem) THIS ESSAY MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA: • It must have an interesting introductory paragraph of 100 – 120 words; the introduction should present/contextualize the subject material and have a clearly stated thesis that is in the proper location. • It must have a concluding paragraph of 100 – 120 words. • It must have at least three evenly developed BODY paragraphs (200-250 words each) with clearly stated topic sentences that indicate the subject of the paragraph and connect back to the thesis. • Each paragraph ought to include at least one direct quote or paraphrase and other necessary references to the text in order to provide specific details to prove its claims; these need it-text citations in MLA format • It must include at least TWO scholarly secondary sources related to the literary work being analyzed. CHECKLIST To get the best mark possible on all your essays, be sure you can answer the following in the affirmative before you hand in your work. • I have carefully followed assignment instructions. • I have followed the conventions of the academic essay. • I have used appropriate literary theory, concepts, and terminology. • I have developed main and sub-points with sufficient evidence from the work(s) and outside sources where required. • I have acknowledged all paraphrased, summarized, and quoted evidence with in-text citations in the MLA style. • I have cross-referenced those citations on a Works Cited page. • I have carefully followed the conventions of language use (grammar, spelling/usage, punctuation, and mechanics). • I have provided continuity within and between paragraphs with effective transitions. • I have used a consistent point of view throughout the essay. • I have demonstrated my personal writing style for appropriate tone and overall impact.

Cathedral by Raymond Carver