engl 1102 21 writing and rhetoric ii 25223 1

This is an english writing assignment and down below are the directions along with how to cite the sources of the story. Once you accept the assignment i will be able to upload more images. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Length: 1500-1600 words

Mechanics: 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spacing, APA documentation

Task: An analysis requires you to take some theoretical perspective and apply it to specific examples in order to lend them new meaning. Literature often uses a variety of theoretical perspectives—such as formalist, psychoanalytic, historical, Marxist, and feminist—to yield insights into familiar works of poetry, fiction, and drama. To analyze well, you need to understand the theoretical perspective thoroughly, and then you must examine texts closely for evidence of this perspective.

Your theoretical perspective for this assignment will derive from two essays in our textbook: Weiland (pp. 337-342) and Kardos (pp. 343-355). These essays explain the nature of fiction and the importance of engaging the reader early in the first chapter.

Choose any four of the seven specific examples of first chapters of novels given in the textbook (pp. 361-403): Jane Austen, Emily Brontë, Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Crane, and Bram Stoker.


Follow this structure:

Paragraph One: In your introduction, explain the importance of writing a good first chapter for a novel. Paraphrase and quote Weiland and Kardos to help you explain the theoretical perspective that you are applying to your selected first chapters. You should also explain your own tastes in literature (what you like and what you do not) and how these affect your analysis of the first chapters.

Paragraphs Two, Three, Four, and Five: Each of these paragraphs will discuss one of the four first chapters of novels. Evaluate the chapter and explain what makes it weak or strong. Think about such concepts as the hook, implicit questions, characters, setting, conflict, narrator or narrative perspective, tone, assumptions or “rules,” stakes, key information, beginnings in medias res, audience, etc. Be sure to use at least FIVE of these terms for each analysis. They do not need to be the same terms for each analysis. Does the author skillfully use these or not? Does the chapter grab you or bore you? Make sure that you do not simply summarize the content of the chapter. Instead, your purpose is to explain how each chapter works and how the information in it interests, confuses, or bores the reader. What is it in the first sentence and the first chapter of the novel that engages the readers and causes them to continue reading? Give specific but brief examples/quotes as support. Arrange these four paragraphs logically from the most successful first chapter to the least successful, or vice versa.

Paragraph Six: Make comparisons and contrasts among the four chapters. What makes one chapter superior to or worse than another?

Paragraph Seven: Make some general conclusions about the nature of first chapters.

Use this form for your References (you will have SIX entries):

Austen, J. (1815/2016). Emma. In L. Behrens & L. J. Rosen (Eds.), Writing and reading across the curriculum (13th ed., pp. 361-367). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Weiland, K. M. (2013/2016). The hook. In L. Behrens & L. J. Rosen (Eds.), Writing and reading across the curriculum (13th ed., pp. 337-355). Boston, MA: Pearson.

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