1.For your first paper, choose to write about Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron” or Guy de Maupassant’s “The Necklace.” Next, decide why you think the author wrote the short story to form your thesis statement.Your essay should include an introductory paragraph, body paragraphs and a conclusion paragraph.
2.Theintroductory paragraphshould identify the author, short story, and argument to be discussed. In addition, your thesis statement should be the last sentence of this first paragraph. For example, you could write something like: Kurt Vonnegut wrote “Harrison Bergeron” to show American readers the dangers of an authoritarian government.
3.Thebody paragraphsof your paper should start with topic sentences that describe why your thesis is true. Be sure to include instances from the story (in the form of quotation or paraphrase) to support your topic sentences. Focus on transitioning from paragraph to paragraph by always reminding the reader of your thesis before moving to the next paragraph.
4.Theconclusion paragraphshould connect your findings to society today.
Avoid self-referential (first person) pronounssuch as I, me, my, our, we, etc.”
Essay #1 should be at least 500 words(roughly three double-spaced pages) and should be in MLA Format including an MLA heading, MLA pagination, a title, and an MLA Works Cited page with corresponding in-text citations (as appropriate). Review the Purdue OWL for details regarding MLA Format.