analytic essay

ESSAY #1 – Medieval TopicFor your first major assignment in this class you will compose a 4-5 page analytical essay based upon a medieval text that we have read for class.As with any college-level essay, the paper must have a clear and well-defined thesis statement; that is, your paper should forward some sort of argument that comes from your own interpretation of the text. A good thesis or argument must prove profound enough to sustain a paper of 4-5 pages in length, while simultaneously being narrow enough in focus such that you can adequately address your argument in the space permitted. This means that you may want to focus on a single narrative for your paper, though you may wish to compare and contrast a single theme from one work of literature as it appears in another. I would NOT suggest dealing with more than two works as it will doubtlessly dilute your argument and any thorough treatment of the evidence.Though you will necessarily have to contextualize your argument within the narrative/narratives you have chosen to analyze, this paper is NOT a book report and should NOT rely on summary to pad or otherwise dominate your paper. Thus, you can assume that your audience is an informed one, familiar with the work of literature at hand, but may need a few refreshers on the finer points of the narrative necessary to make your argument.Be sure to draw adequate evidence from your text in order to prove your point. In other words, the text/texts you have chosen to analyze are your primary source of evidence and should be used accordingly. You will want to cite frequently (though not overly long) from your text/texts, taking care to perform a close reading and fully expound upon the quotations you have excised. Per standard procedure you will want to provide citations for your quotes. In this instance, you will likely want to provide a bibliographical entry at the end of the paper noting the original author (if known) and the identity of the translation or edition used. Then within the body of the paper you will want to use either internal citations or footnotes to identify specific page numbers and/or line numbers from which you have drawn your evidence (in verse, usually line numbers are appropriate, where the page range is provided in the bibliographical citation). You are not required to use any secondary sources for this paper. After all, this exercise is about your ability to offer a close reading of a text, not your ability to analyze others thoughts on a given subject. That said, if you feel you need certain outside authorities to help set up your argument or elucidate any problematic terms or textual cruces, then, by all means draw upon secondary sources. If you choose to do so, you must acknowledge your sources via standard MLA format.The paper must have a title, clearly identify the authors name (i.e. your name), be double- spaced, use 12-point Times New Roman font, and incorporate 1-inch margins.Discuss Chaucers The Millers Tale as social commentary.For This or a Similar Paper Click Here To Order Now

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