"The Elements of Fiction" and "Elements of Fiction."

Short Fiction Essay

  • Field: English

Please also incorporate the literary vocabulary discussed, most specifically the elements of fiction: “The Elements of Fiction” and “Elements of Fiction.”  Please use New Criticism to interpret your chosen short story within your essay; that is, you should offer a close reading of your chosen short story. Please cite from your chosen short story, and do not use any other additional sources in your work. Your interpretation must be at least 500 words, but no more than 750 words.

Please remember the following:

  1. Do not use the same short story you used in your initial post during week two.  I will be checking.
  2. Avoid any and all summary sites within your essay.  Please see the week two lesson for a list of these sites.
  3. Use MLA format and citations in this essay.  See the sample essay for an example of an MLA formatted essay.
  4. Make sure your essay has a clear introduction and thesis statement (topic plus point about that topic) at the bottom of your introduction.  Please introduce your chosen short story in your introduction.
  5. Make sure your body paragraphs are focus on proving your thesis statement – theme of the story.  Do not summarize the story.  I have read the story and know it well.  I want to know your unique interpretation of this story.
  6. Please see the following sample essay.  Note that this essay is a bit longer than what is expected, and also note that you may not write an essay using the same focus as this sample Hawthorne essay. However, this essay may help you understand the expectations for this assignment.
  7. Make sure to have a conclusion that does not bring in new information.
  8. Use literary present and third person in your essay, as discussed in lesson two.

Required Readings

  • Sherman Alexie – “What You Pawn I Will Redeem”
  • Alice Dunbar-Nelson – “Tony’s Wife”
  • Kate Chopin –  “The Story of an Hour”
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald – “Winter Dreams”
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne – “The Birthmark”
  • Edgar Allen Poe – “The Purloined Letter”
  • Ambrose Bierce – “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”
  • Edgar Allen Poe –  “A Cask of Amontillado
  • James Joyce – “Araby”
  • Margot Singer – “The Pale of Settlement” Just read the short story “The Pale of Settlement,” not the entire collection.
  • Mary E Wilkins Freeman The Revolt of Mother