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Literary Analysis Essay: Things Fall Apart

The Task: You will write a thoughtful, well-developed essay answering this question: What “things” fall apart in Achebe’s novel, and why do they do so? (In other words, why is this book titled Things Fall Apart?) In answering this question, you should also address how the language and structure of the book convey this message.

Requirements:

Total Points: 100 (Final Draft); 10 (Peer Review); 10 (Analysis of and Reflection on Revision Choices)

Literary Analysis Essay: Things Fall Apart

The Task: You will write a thoughtful, well-developed essay answering this question: What “things” fall apart in Achebe’s novel, and why do they do so? (In other words, why is this book titled Things Fall Apart?) In answering this question, you should also address how the language and structure of the book convey this message.

Requirements:

  • Must contain an introduction that effectively and thoughtfully gives context to the topic; presents a clearly stated, logical thesis that addresses the question; and previews the main ideas that support the thesis.

  • Must contain a minimum of 3 body paragraphs (there MAY BE MORE as needed!), each of which should have a clear mini-thesis/topic sentence/focus, a properly cited and explained textual quotation, and a closing sentence that ties the paragraph back to the main thesis and/or transitions to the next paragraph.

  • Must contain a conclusion that summarizes the thesis without being repetitive, explains the importance/relevance of the thesis, and leaves these ideas echoing in the reader’s head.

  • Must refer to the plot of the novel in the present tense and ONLY use plot to support points that pertain to the thesis, not to summarize large portions of the text.

  • Must reference at least three (3) choices the author makes in terms of language and structure (hint: literary devices).

  • Must follow conventions of grammar (particularly commas and apostrophes), spelling, and capitalization.

  • Must be typed, double spaced, in a Times New Roman font 12-point font.

  • Must have one inch margins, a heading (with last name and page numbers), and a title (not a title page).

Total Points: 100 (Final Draft); 10 (Peer Review); 10 (Analysis of and Reflection on Revision Choices)

Literary Analysis Essay: Things Fall Apart

The Task: You will write a thoughtful, well-developed essay answering this question: What “things” fall apart in Achebe’s novel, and why do they do so? (In other words, why is this book titled Things Fall Apart?) In answering this question, you should also address how the language and structure of the book convey this message.

Requirements:

  • Must contain an introduction that effectively and thoughtfully gives context to the topic; presents a clearly stated, logical thesis that addresses the question; and previews the main ideas that support the thesis.

  • Must contain a minimum of 3 body paragraphs (there MAY BE MORE as needed!), each of which should have a clear mini-thesis/topic sentence/focus, a properly cited and explained textual quotation, and a closing sentence that ties the paragraph back to the main thesis and/or transitions to the next paragraph.

  • Must contain a conclusion that summarizes the thesis without being repetitive, explains the importance/relevance of the thesis, and leaves these ideas echoing in the reader’s head.

  • Must refer to the plot of the novel in the present tense and ONLY use plot to support points that pertain to the thesis, not to summarize large portions of the text.

  • Must reference at least three (3) choices the author makes in terms of language and structure (hint: literary devices).

  • Must follow conventions of grammar (particularly commas and apostrophes), spelling, and capitalization.

  • Must be typed, double spaced, in a Times New Roman font 12-point font.

  • Must have one inch margins, a heading (with last name and page numbers), and a title (not a title page).

Total Points: 100 (Final Draft); 10 (Peer Review); 10 (Analysis of and Reflection on Revision Choices)


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