1000 word Character Analysis Essay


Character Analysis Instructions


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Directions:  Write a character analysis of the protagonist of one of the short stories on the following list (from the book Forty Short Stories):


1) “A Good Man is Hard to Find” (Flannery O’Connor)

2) “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” (J. C. Oates)

3)  “A & P” (John Updike) 

4) “Everyday Use” (Alice Walker)

5) “A Worn Path” (Eudora Welty)

6)  “Sonny’s Blues” (James Baldwin)

7)  “The Things They Carried” (Tim O’Brien)

8) “Araby” (James Joyce)

9) “Winter Dreams” (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

10) “The Garden Party” (Katherine Mansfield)


Remember that this is an analysis, not a summary of events:  comment, do not simply report.


To help formulate your thesis, consider the following information on the character:


His/her physical characteristicsHis/her goals, conflicts, and background

His/her environmentHis/her significant statements

How he/she speaksWhat he/she thinks

What others say about him/herSignificant actions 


*You must include a complete introduction, a clear thesis, several well-developed supporting paragraphs and a complete conclusion.  


*Numerous direct supporting quotations must be incorporated.  Failure to meet this requirement will result in a “D” for the paper. If you are analyzing one of the stories from the book, direct quotes are cited parenthetically (just the page number).


*This essay must be at least 1000 words.  Failure to meet this requirement will result in a below-average grade.


*This is not a research paper.  You may not include research in this paper.


Refer to the assigned Handbook chapter, plan sheet, and sample essays for further information and assistance.  


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