Illustration Essay: Applying a Literary Theory to an Assigned Story
Oâ€™Brien, T. (1990). â€œThe Things They Carried.â€ (First chapter only) Retrieved from http://genius.com/Tim-obrien-the-things-they-carried-chapter-1-annotated
Illustrate in writing your essay your ability to synthesize Reader-Response literary theory or Psychoanalytical Literary Theory into analysis of Tim O’Brien’s story.
When you have completed your re-reading of your selected story and decided which literary theory to apply (Reader-Response literary theory or Psychoanalytical Literary Theory), compose no fewer than 500 words analyzing your selected story to illustrate the critical theory you find most helpful to understanding the chosen fiction.
You should make sure to highlight the theoryâ€™s main points in your first paragraph and show how that theory relates to your selected story.
Do not summarize the short story, but, rather, focus on how the theory you choose to work with helps explain one of the storyâ€™s themes.