Example: The following argument uses a short story we have read in class as well
The following argument uses a short story we have read in class as well as a specific critical lens to make arguments about the text.
Focus on Psychoanalytic Interpretation of Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use”: Although Mama is a loving parent, she unconsciously projects her own low self-esteem onto Maggie and her own unfulfilled desire for success onto Dee. As a result, Mama holds Maggie back, thus contributing to Maggie’s low self-esteem; simultaneously, Mama pushes Dee away from the nest and thus contributes to her fear of intimacy and abandonment.
Review the critical lenses and extended definitions and additional schools of thought in Chapter 9 of Reading and Writing about Literature (pp. 170-183).
Apply one or more of these lenses to your reading of, interpretation of, and analysis of Hansberry’s play. Make sure it is clear to your reader which lens you are using, and make sure your arguments about character, plot, conflict, and theme are focused consistently under the umbrella of this critical theory/lens.
If you would like to read more about critical theory, please visit the OWL at Purdue or check out this handout for reference, questions, and ideas.
LENGTH: minimum of 2 pages
Follow MLA conventions: 12-point font, 1” margins, etc.