Task: Choose one of the main characters from the following stories to write a character analysis essay about.
“The Birds” by Daphne DuMaurier “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant
Nat Hocken Mathilde Loisel
“Rules of the Game” by Amy Tan “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst
Waverly Jong or Mrs. Jong Narrator or Doodle
Order of Operations: Complete the Character Analysis Graphic Organizer (due: )
Create an outline of your essay (due: )
Type up a first draft of your essay (due: )
Revise essay based on peer feedback and turn in final draft (due: )
Have an introductory paragraph that begins with an interest grabber, introducesthe short story and author, provides some basic background information on the character and basic plot (no more than three sentences), and ends with a statement about the character including THREE character traits (thesis statement).
Have a separate paragraph for each of the three traits to be discussed (in the same order as they appear in the thesis). Provide specific details and evidence that support your points.
End your position paper with a conclusion (a separate paragraph which sums up you main points from the paper).
Use complete sentences, good mechanics/grammar, and spelling.
Support your opinions with evidence/examples taken right from the story! Don’t make a statement without giving an example to back up your point!!! Include page #s for direct quotations.
Your paper (even the rough draft) must be typed in a 12 point font (Times New Roman) and double spaced.
Do not use 1st person (“I,” “we”) or 2nd person (“you”) in your paper (unless these words show up in a direct quotation).
Note: Your paper will be peer evaluate
dHow to do a character analysis: (Use your character analysis graphic organizer)
Step one: Look back at the story and determine the character’s distinguishing characteristics.
For example, if I were to do a character analysis on Zaroff from “The Most Dangerous Game,” I’d say he has the following characteristics:
Step two: Next, think of examples from the story to SHOW that character trait. (Use your graphic organizer)