Length: Five to seven double-spaced pages

For this essay you must craft an analysis of a theme or critical problem that you find in one or more of the works we have read. By analyzing stories in terms of characters, theme, symbols, form, or setting, you can reveal features of the works that may otherwise have remained inaccessible. You should begin, therefore, by looking through the works we have read to find stories that seem strikingly similar or different to you in some way—for example, two or three stories that explore ideas of evolution, boundaries, utopian and dystopian views of science, social issues such as race, and so on. You may include films (e.g., Metropolis, Apocalypse Now, etc.) in your analysis.

As always, you should avoid simply paraphrasing or summarizing the works you are analyzing. After you've decided which elements of the story or stories you will focus on, you must gather evidence (quotations and analyses of specific elements in each literary work) to support your thesis and then decide how you want to organize your analysis. If you work with more than one story, make sure that your thesis relates them in some interesting way; don't, for example, look at religious images in one novel and then in another without discussing how these depictions compare and contrast with one another.

Work on crafting a coherent essay that begins with a clear introduction, including a thesis statement or "promise to the reader" that lets the reader know what the point of this analysis will be. If you work with two or more works, strive to give equal attention to each of them in the body of your paper; avoid focusing on one to the exclusion of the other(s). Conclude your paper gracefully by tying your analysis together for the reader.