Does he/she refer to so many works at one time that the reader is on a constant reference chase instead of concentrating on the main material?

MLA format includes one-inch margins all around; proper heading; a header that begins at .5 inches from the top and one inch from the right-side margin; double-spacing; and 12-pt. Times New Roman font.These assignments will run TWO FULL TEXT PAGES (aside from the Works Cited Page) and will have three parts.
For the first part, you will BRIEFLY (5 sentences or less) summarize the assigned work. Keep in mind that summaries contain only the major points made by the work.
While you would usually incorporate summary into your introduction as brief background information for critical essay or research paper, I would like you to make a distinction between the summary and analyses sections of your response. Following the summary, you will return once and center the second portion’s title, “Analysis”. The second part will consist of the analytical response itself–your commentary about the work’s value, goals, style, validity, etc; this is the focus of the assignment.
The final portion will provide an accompanying Works Cited page to account for all parenthetical references used. Consult the MLA reference guide in any grammar handbook, online, or in the reference section at any library with any questions about formatting your Works Cited entries. The WC page will appear on a separate page but will not appear in a separate document when you submit it. Be sure to put in a page break before the WC page so that it will automatically start on a new page. NOTE: Any works cited from your literature book MUST use the format for one selection from a collection or anthology (See MLA handbook or online guide).
You must use quotations and/or paraphrases from the assigned text(s) in order to receive any credit for these assignments. All analytical responses will be submitted in MLA format (typed) and will run two full text pages, NOT including the Works Cited page. No title page is requested for this assignment.
Analytical responses will be written in the third person. Yes, you are forming an opinion of the text you read, but you will present that opinion in terms of statements of fact, not prefaced by “I think”, “I believe”, or any other first-person statements. You are the authority in your own analysis, so simply state your analysis. DO NOT use I, we, us, our, my, you, or your.
Literary assignments are written in the present tense.
Literary assignments refer to authors by their last name only: “Faulkner argues that . . . “.
Literary analyses do not make simple statements that are directly related to plot summary or character summary. Consider that everyone in your class has read the material and knows what happens in the story or poem and which character does what or has a particular trait. The importance of analysis is delving into why these things are important to the story, why the story develops a particular way, what makes a particular literary technique (like irony, symbolism, flashback, etc.) so important to the way a story develops. Also, this is not a personal response. If you find the reading difficult or boring, that is your personal response; for an analysis, try to find out what makes the reading difficult (are the author’s views not stated in a clearly organized fashion? Does he/she refer to so many works at one time that the reader is on a constant reference chase instead of concentrating on the main material?). Keep in mind the context in which the piece was written, also. If you’re finding the reading difficult because you have to look up several words, be sure not to penalize the author. Remember that the writer was most likely writing to an upper class audience that would have been well schooled.
Outside research is NOT approved for these assignments. Use only the materials given in the assignment. The analysis is to be your own work.The analytical response WILL NOT address the author’s biographical information, nor will it discuss plot summary beyond the first paragraph of the assignment.
Read O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape as assigned in your syllabus. Provide a BRIEF summary of the work–no more than five sentences total.
Begin the analysis. In lesson 9, you will read introductory information for writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, a contemporary of O’Neill. In that lesson, the term divided consciousness is defined by the editor of The Harper American Literature as “the ‘almost religious awe that he felt toward the idealization of great wealth and the romanticism of sexual love, by both of which he felt simultaneously attracted and repulsed, enchanted and offended. At the same time, however, his fiction discloses a preoccupation with and a sensitivity to social class that is unusual in American fiction’ “ (McQuade et al. 1091). While this commentary applies to Fitzgerald as a writer, how might it also apply (in part or whole) to the character of Yank in O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape?
Remember, your goal is to analyze, not to tell what the pieces are about (the brief summary does that for you) nor to explain why you do or do not like them. The reader is not concerned with your personal interests, only with the valid claims you can make about the writing itself.
Use quotations sparingly–only where necessary to support a particular point. Refer to the Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing information under Instructor Notes for information on working a quote into a sentence or paragraph. Be sure to use parenthetical references properly (consult one of the recommended online sites or refer to a grammar book or MLA Handbook, usually found in reference material in all libraries). Include a Works Cited Page that lists all sources–in this case, the two writings you are discussing (McQuade’s must be included, and I will provided it for you). Each will be listed separately accordingly to the format for one selection from a collection or anthology (this note applies any time you cite a work from your textbook). There is no excuse for incorrect MLA format, as examples are given here on Bb, websites are recommended for your perusal, and samples are readily found in grammar textbooks or MLA Handbooks. Mistakes are expected; lack of effort toward being as correct as possible is not.
Write this response in the THIRD person. Do not use you, I me, us, we, etc.

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