Literary Analysis Essay
(over short stories: Ernest Hemingway’s(610) “Soldier’s Home,” Eudora Welty’s(685) “A Worn Path,” and
William Faulkner’s “The Bear.”)645
1. Choose which topic you wish to write on.
2. Create a five paragraph rough draft on your topic.
3. Choose one or two quotes to insert in paragraphs 2-4. The quoted/paraphrased material cannot be longer than
one line of the paper.
4. Use parenthetical citation to cite your sources.
5. Revise your essay. Edit. Proofread.
6. Write the final draft of your essay. Remember—no contractions, black ink only, front side only, no colloquial
words/phrases, no text message-like symbols.
7. Include your Works Cited page at the end.
8. The final draft, the rough draft, and the short story discussion questions are due at the beginning of class
Tues, Mar 17 for one-day students and Wed, Mar 18 for 2-day students.
“Documentation in the Body of the Essay.” Holt Handbook: Grammar, Usage, Mechanics, Sentences, 5th
course. Austin: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2003. 509-10.
1. Use parenthetical citations within the body of your paper to acknowledge any paraphrased idea or quotation
that you have borrowed from someone else. The parenthetical citation refers to specific source
documentation on the works cited page. Place the parenthetical citations at the end of the material that
you borrowed from some other source.
Newspapers worried that radio would drive them out of business (Henderson 90).
2. If the citation appears at the end of a sentence, the citation comes before the closing period, as shown above.
If the citation appears at the end of a dependent clause or after the first half of a compound sentence, the
citation comes before the sentence comma.
Newspapers worried that radio would drive them out of business (Henderson 90), but it did not.
Direct Quote example
In his short story, “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment,” Nathaniel Hawthorne creates a parable of...