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ENGL 1302 - Short Story Analysis - Stephanie Legaretta: Assignment

Provides resources for the Short Story Analysis essay.


  • The essay will be three pages in length.
  • Typed with a 12 pt font
  • Double-Spaced
  • Following MLA Format
  • Include your works cited (1-2 sources)
  • Primary Source is the short story you read.
  • Sources are restricted to the EPCC library databases.
  • You may include an image or two.


  • Your essay will be an interpretation of the work and your argument about it based on the text.
  • Analyze one element of one of the readings on the list.
    • For example:  Analyze the setting, characters, plot, literary devices, point of view, language, or theme(s).

Example Thesis Statements

  • In "A Worn Path," Eudora Welty creates a fictional character in Phoenix Jackson whose detrmination, faith, and cunning illustrate the indomitable human spirit.
  • A close look at many details in Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" reveals how language, institutions, and expected demeanor suppress the natural desires and aspirations of women.

Steps A Writers Reference 9th ed. Section Writing about Literature

  1. Choose your short story. (List is on the "Home" tab of the libguide")
  2. Complete the worksheet for fiction analysis.
  3. Brainstorm your argument.
  4. Formulate a question and thesis statement.
  5. Explain your idea and plan to Ms. Legaretta.






  • How does the author use foreshadowing in this short story?
  • What does this character's life tell us about human nature?
  • What is the purpose of the use of everyday language in this short story?
  • What is the effect of the setting in this short story?
  • How is the theme conveyed in this story?
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