The Alchemist Essay

2149 words - 9 pages


 Length
 Your
paper
must
be
five
(complete)
typed
pages
or
1,800
words
long,
excluding
the
Works
Cited
 page.
 
 Subject
and
Scope
 You
will
analyze
the
short
story
you
selected
for
your
previous
assignment:
Edgar
Allan
Poe's
 "The
Cask
of
Amontillado,"
Kate
Chopin's
"The
Story
of
an
Hour,"
Stephen
Crane's
"The
Open
 Boat,"
Ernest
Hemingway's
"Hills
Like
White
Elephants,"
Raymond
Carver's
"Cathedral,"
or
Joyce
 Carol
Oates'
"Where
Are
You
Going,
Where
Have
You
Been?".

This
essay
will
require
an
 analytical
focus,
such
as
tracing
one
or
more
elements
of
fiction
(point
of
view,
setting,
irony,
 foreshadowing,
and
symbolism,
for
example)
or
themes.

Feel
free
to
use
or
modify
any
of
the
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For
instance,
 you
should
not
use
the
following
type
of
phrasing:
"In
this
essay
I
will
show
.
.
.
."

The
thesis
 statement
explains
the
main
purpose
of
an
essay.

It
expresses
the
analytical
point
an
essay
 proves
and,
as
such,
cannot
be
a
statement
of
fact.
 
 Write
three
to
five
body
paragraphs,
each
including
a
topic
sentence
that
supports
or
backs
up
 the
thesis
statement.

Just
as
a
thesis
charts
the
direction
of
an
entire
essay,
a
topic
sentence
 establishes
the
main
idea
of
a
paragraph
or
a
series
of
related
paragraphs.

A
topic
sentence
 usually
appears
at
or
near
the
beginning
of
a
paragraph,
but
it
may
appear
elsewhere.
 
 While
a
topic
sentence
tells
the
reader
the
main
idea
of
a
paragraph,
a
well‐developed
paragraph
 shows
the
reader
the
point
the
writer
wants
to
make.

One
way
to
develop
a
topic
sentence
is
to
 include
several
brief
examples
that
support
the
assertion,
and
another
possibility
is
to
include
 one
extended
example.

Either
way,
effectively
developed
paragraphs
prove
their
points
with
 relevant
details
from
the
story.
 
 Paragraph
development
consists
of
three
steps:
establishing
analytical
claims,
clarifying
 assertions
or
ideas,
and
illustrating
points.

Use
examples
from
the
story—plot
elements,
 narrative
details,
dialogue,
and
symbols—to
illustrate
your
points.

It
is
not
sufficient
to
state
an


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1302—Short
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idea;
you
must
prove
it.
 You
should
arrange
your
body
paragraphs
in
a
logical
sequence
and
make
clear
transitions
from
 point
to
point
and
paragraph
to
paragraph.

Find
ways
to
incorporate
transitional
words
and
 phrases,
but
do
not
force
such
phrasing.

The
Little,
Brown
Handbook
discusses
this
subject
and
 includes
a
list
of
transitional
expressions;
refer
to
pages
85‐88
and
108‐110
for
explanations
and
 examples.
 
 Your
essay
needs
a
clear
closing
paragraph,
one
that
brings
a
sense
of
completion
to
your
paper
 without
being
overtly
repetitious.

If
you
have
not
done
so
elsewhere
in
the
essay,
consider
 addressing
the
thematic
implications
of
your
analysis.

Think
of
the
closing
as
the
"so
what?"
 section
of
your
paper.

Why
does
the
story
continue
to
resonate
with
readers?

Instead
of
merely
 rehashing
your
thesis
or
topic
sentences,
view
the
closing
paragraph
as
an
opportunity
to
 amplify
their
significance.
 
 Other
Considerations
 Use
present
tense
in
making
analytical
claims
or
discussing
events
that
happen
after
the
story
 begins.

Use
an
appropriate
point
of
view,
preferably
third
person
plural,
and
be
consistent
with
 it.

Be
sure
to
give
your
essay
a
title
that
provides
some
indication
of
focus
or
analytical
purpose.

 Do
not
simply
use
the
story
title,
although
you
may
incorporate
it
into
an
original
title.
 
 Sources
and
Format
 You
must
use
a
minimum
of
four
secondary
sources,
in
addition
to
the
story
you
analyze,
and
 your
paper
must
include
no
fewer
than
sixteen
(parenthetically
referenced)
excerpts
from
those
...

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