Fiction Essay

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Fiction Essay Instructions

In Module/Week 3, you will write a 750-word (about 3–4-pages) essay that compares and contrasts 2 stories from the Fiction Unit. Before you begin writing the essay, carefully read the guidelines for developing your paper topic that are given below. Review the Fiction Essay Grading Rubric to see how your submission will be graded. Gather all of your information, plan the direction of your essay, and organize your ideas by developing a 1-page thesis statement and outline for your essay. Format the thesis statement and the outline in a single Word document using current MLA, APA, or Turabian style (whichever corresponds to your degree program). You have the opportunity to submit your thesis and outline by 11:59
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Conflict/Plot/Structure (This is not a summary of the stories) * What are the basic conflicts, and how do these build tension, leading to major complicated incidents and climactic moment(s)? * What are the ways in which each major character experiences conflict (either with self, with other characters, or with the social and/or physical environment)? * How are the conflicts resolved? Do the protagonists succeed in achieving their goals? * Who receives your deepest sympathy and why?

Characterization * Who are the main characters in the stories? * What are their outstanding qualities? Does the author give any indication as to how or why the character developed these qualities? * What are the characters’ emotions, attitudes, and behaviors? What do these indicate to the reader about the character? * Can the characters’ motivations be determined from the text? Setting * Where and when do the stories take place (remember to include such details as geographic location, time of year, time period, if the setting is rural or urban, etc.)? * Do the settings make the stories believable or credible? How does setting impact the plot of the story, and how would the plot be affected if the story took place in another setting? * Are the characters influenced by their setting? How might they behave if

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