Analyzing and Interpreting Literature: Assignment 2 - Comparative Analysis Essay

Instructor: Ryan Villard
If you are seeking college credit for this course, you must submit two essays and pass the proctored final exam. You must submit your essays before registering for the final. Below you will find prompts and instructions for submitting your essay.

About the Assignment

Literature is an essential part of our culture and how we express ourselves. In this course, you learned how to understand and analyze different types of literature, from poetry to novellas. For this assignment, write an 800-1200-word essay in response to one of the prompts below. Include quotations and textual evidence from the works you've chosen and cite them in MLA format. Please cite any lessons you use as resources (including lesson title and instructor's name). Your essay must be followed by an MLA style References page with at least 2 sources. Do not include an abstract. Including a cover page is optional.

Assignment Prompts

  1. Your course reading list includes literary works across three categories: short fiction, poetry and dramatic works. Choose two works from within one of these categories (two poems, two plays, etc.) that have similar themes and compare and contrast how they're treated and explored. Do the authors use the themes to deliver similar or opposing messages? Use examples from the work you've chosen to support your claims.
  2. Writers oftentimes create literary works to comment on or criticize aspects of society during the era when they lived. They use literary techniques such as allusion, allegory, and/or satire to veil their criticism in writing. Using either one or two works from your course reading list, write an essay that describes both how the authors used literary techniques to comment about or criticize society, and what aspects of society they focus on.

Grading Rubric

Your essays will be graded based on the following rubric:

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