Explain how one text from the assigned readings can teach the reader about the time, place, and culture of its creation.

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This essay will analyze some key element in one of the American literary works you have read
since the midterm week of this course. You will analyze how one of the aspects of the text
contributes to the success of the work and its cultural significance. Your analysis will be based
only on your interpretation and based on what you have read about the time-period in your
textbook. To be successful, an essay must contain four elements: appropriate tone, a clear thesis,
a coherent structure, and ample evidence.
Topic: Explain how one text from the assigned readings can teach the reader about the time,
place, and culture of its creation. What can we learn about the culture and time-period in which
the author lived? How did the culture influence the author and his/her writing? Use examples
from the text to develop your analysis and its points.
Specific Instructions:
Your essay must focus on one text from the assigned reading.
Your essay will only include the text itself and any supplemental reading materials from
your textbook
There are multiple resources available. If you have questions, ask! You should know how
to use MLA format at this point in your college career. You do not have to memorize
everything about it. Look at the resources provided and peruse Purdue Owl.
Make sure to include a Works Cited page that lists the work you are writing about, any
other readings from your textbook, and your sources.
Use formal diction; do not include 1st and 2nd person pronouns, contractions, or slang.
Paragraphs should be organized clearly and effectively.
Length: The essay should be between 3 and 4 pages. The Works Cited page does NOT count as
one of the pages.

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