How to use this guide
After you have chosen one of the assignments, open the tab with your author's name. There you will find reference and reserve books, books that you can check out, and online databases that contain articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers. All of these should help you find the information you need.
But you are not entirely on your own. Librarians at the Reference Desk are there to answer your questions and help you at all stages of your work.
Here are the assignments.
William Faulkner - "A Rose for Emily" - Consider how this story represents the old, dying South among the changing South.
Susan Glaspell - "Trifles" - Minnie Wright's path to murder (why she kills her husband): Consider the patriarch's lack of respect and equality, life before her marriage, her role as a housewife, and her isolation.
Tim O'Brien - "How to Tell a True War Story" - Consider how the soldiers in the story cope with the war.
Kate Chopin - "The Story of an Hour" - Louise Mallard's desire for freedom (her thoughts, what she sees, and why she wants it). Consider the public and private spheres.
Margaret Atwood - "Happy Endings" - Consider what types of relationships are represented in several sections.
Flannery O'Connor - "A Good Man is Hard to Find"
John Steinbeck - "Chrysanthemums"