English Essay

CRITICAL LITERARY ESSAY ASSIGNMENT

         In Richard Wright’s “Between the World and Me” (1935) discuss and analyze three literary aspects of this surreal lynching poem. This critical literary essay in MLA style should have an introduction, a body, and a conclusion and their component parts.  Here you should set up your thesis, state your thesis, briefly state how you will support your thesis in terms of specific literary aspects (characters, themes, structure, point of view, title, tone & attitude, diction, genre, intertextuality, symbolism, signification, or setting) and have a transition sentence to the body of the essay.  Paragraphs in the body of the essay must have topic sentences on literary aspects.  To support your critical analysis you should quote or paraphrase from the poem and use the secondary sources (Judith Herman, Clovis Semmes, and George Liptiz) to support your analysis.  However, you should avoid quoting long sections from the poem; the critical issue here is to give your thoughtful analysis.  Also, you should quote or paraphrase from any of the relevant documents handed out in-class. This critical essay should be a minimum of full four pages.  Essays that are less than four full pages will not be accepted.  Here you should adhere to the guidelines for submission of essays.  Papers that do not adhere to the stated guidelines will lose significant credit.  Give your essay an original title that is not the title of the poem.  Lastly, you should proofread your essay very carefully for organization, content, grammar, sentence structure, spelling, and mechanics.