The second paper in the course takes fiction as the subject. You can find questions to respond to below. The length is described by word count not by page length. Typically, people count about 200 to 250 words per page, though. This paper should be at minimum about 900 words in length. This does not include the Works Cited page.
Papers should be submitted in MLA format. Here’s a link to sample papers in MLA 8 format. In addition, there are several sample papers in the Bedford Compact Introduction to Literature. See the Writing about Fiction chapter starting on page 46 or any of the other samples in the text. If papers are submitted outside the MLA’s format, I will not be able to assess it. No papers will be accepted via email unless otherwise agreed to before hand.
Do not submit papers via Blackboard messaging or email. Late papers will not be graded.
Choose from one of these potential papers:
1. What is the significance of Point of View in storytelling? Use two stories to examine the significance of this critical element of fiction writing, distinguishing how the POV contributes to the development of the arc and to the story’s conflict. In this paper, you don’t want to simply identify the type of POV and then provide examples. That’s too easy and limiting. Rather, provide a detailed examination of the story’s stylistic and aesthetic elements or “big ideas” as made possible by the specific POV. Why, for example (and this is just one example), does O’Connor only concentrate on the grandmother in the narration? What does this focus tell the reader about the other characters and their purpose to the story as a whole in terms of its “story,” arc, and aesthetic elements?
2. Concentrating on Stanley Elkin, make a case using the language of the arc and other aesthetic elements for what you think the conflict is that requires resolving in A Poetics for Bullies. Use the story’s breadth in your analysis. When we talk about what’s the story or what’s the conflict, we usually point toward a change in character or some idea the story dramatizes through its characters. In a story, a person can grow up, learn something, show some sort of alteration from what they once were, as in Georgiana or the Lawyer in Bartleby. Story dramatizes change, you might say. But what makes for the change? What’s the conflict in A Poetics for Bullies? Make a case.