Authors to chose from: Edwin Arlington, Willa Cather, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hem

Authors to chose from: Edwin Arlington, Willa Cather, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, E.E. Cummings, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Susan Glaspell, William Carlos Williams, Ezra Pound, Langston Hughes, Hilda Doolittle, T.S. Eliot, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck.
ENGL 232
Essay 2 Assignment
Modernism (1914-1945)
Assignment Overview:
For this assignment, you will choose at least one author and his/her writing from the Modernist era to discuss the aspects of the literature as they relate to the period and historical events. Be sure to discuss specific elements of the literature to analyze how and why each piece helps to relate to or reflects the period in some way.
For example, you may choose to write about T.S. Eliot’s poem, “The Wasteland” and discuss how it is an example of modernist writing. What message do you understand from the poem based on the details and poetic devices? How might the time period and events be reflected in this work?
Or another example may be to choose to analyze some of the Harlem Renaissance works including Langston Hughes’ works. Think about the political and social events surrounding this time and how the works may be a reflection or a reaction to the events. Begin with the message you understand from the works then analyze the literary/poetic elements to gain a better understanding of the work.
Remember to choose authors and works that speak to you in a way that makes you want to analyze and write about them. These types of essays normally range between 3-5 pages double-spaced and MLA formatted, but feel free to go beyond the 5 pages if needed.
This essay should be your own thoughts and observations backed up with quotes from the text(s) you are analyzing.
Elements of a successful academic essay:
· Your essay must completely address all elements of the prompt.
· Use a formal academic voice. Do not use second person (you) or ask rhetorical questions. Do not use first person (I).
· Literature is considered a living document, so be sure to use literary present tense.
· You must have a focused thesis statement that includes the topic, your opinion, and direction.
· Incorporate quotes into your own sentences; do not use quotes as topic sentences.
· You must have a strong introductory paragraph and fully developed body paragraphs.
· Do not refer to your own paper with statements like, “This essay is going to be about…”
· Each body paragraph must relate to your thesis; you should make connections and avoid digressions. Your body paragraphs should be at least 6 sentences in length.
· Remember: follow your topic sentence with concrete details and two or more sentences commenting on the relevance or elaborating on the significance.
· Conclude each body paragraph with your own words to wrap-up the paragraph and move the reader onto the next point.
· Use effective transitions between sentences and paragraphs.
· Avoid over-summarizing; use plot elements primarily to support your points.
· Avoid passive (to be) verbs such as “The letter is being written by Sarah. Use active verbs such as, “Sarah is writing the letter.” Use strong verbs.
· In your conclusion, reassert your thesis and discuss the significance of your essay. Give your final thoughts but avoid adding new information or quoted material.

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