Topic: analyze one work of literature using specified theories in attachment

Level: Literature homework help

Style: MLA

Pages: 5 Pages

spacing: Double

Pages: 5 Pages

Feminist, Marxist, Historical, New Historicism, Post Colonialism Theory

This assignment asks you to select a work that has been assigned during weeks 4-6 and write a 750-1000 word analysis of it from ONE of the critical approaches listed above.  You must cite quotes from the work using MLA format.

The essay should have the following elements:

  • a meaningful title;

  • a clear introduction of the theory in the first paragraph that you will be applying to the text that you have chosen;

  • a clearly identifiable thesis statement at the end of the introduction that explains why an application of this theory can help readers discover meaning;

  • at least three body paragraphs, each of which contains a topic sentence and supporting sentences;

  • specific evidence (examples and quotes) from the chosen text in the body paragraphs;

  • a clear conclusion.

Use one of the assigned works below analyzing with the Feminist, Marxist, Historical, New Historicism, or Post Colonialism Theory


Ernest Hemingway, “Hills Like White Elephants” (114-118), Marge Piercy, “Barbie Doll” (533-534) and "What's that smell in the kitchen?" Sharon Olds, “Sex without Love” (554) and "Rite of Passage", Matthew Arnold, "Dover Beach" (507-508), Anthony Hecht, "The Dover Bitch," Susan Glaspell, Trifles (743-755) and "A Jury of Her Peers".

Death of a Salesman, (1000-1080); Tillie Olsen, “I Stand Here Ironing,” (418-425); John Updike, “A and P” (430-435)

James Wright, "Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy's Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota"; W.H. Auden, "The Unknown Citizen"; Mitsuye Yamada, "To the Lady" 

Jamaica Kinkaid, “Girl”(120); Kate Chopin, “The Story of an Hour” (278-280); “Africa,” (522); “The Colonel": Colonel; Yusef Komunyakaa, "Facing It" "Facing It" ; Wislawa Szymborska, "The Terrorist, He Watches""The Terrorist, He Watches"



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