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Read “Soldier’s Home” by Ernest Hemingway
Write about the use of setting to generate meaning about characters in “Soldier’s Home” by Ernest Hemingway. How does the setting influence the character(s)? Does it affect (or reflect) their emotional state? Does it help explain their motivation?
Length: 3-4 pages
Criteria for evaluation:
A focused thesis statement in response to the topic.
Clear and specific evidence from the story that supports the thesis.
An effective organization (statement of your thesis in your introduction, supporting the thesis in the body paragraphs, and reinforcing the thesis or summarizing your points in your conclusion).
See the more detailed Rubric (below).
Here’s a guide to planning and drafting Essay 2:
Collect enough information to support your thesis.
The points you make are only as convincing as the evidence you present to support them. As you read the story you’ve chosen, take notes and collect examples of key moments where setting is important from the story to back up your claims. (See the next Module for tips on generating ideas for this paper.)
Brainstorm your introduction.
Once you have drafted a thesis and generated enough specific material for your analysis, begin drafting your introduction. The purpose of your introduction for Essay 2 is to provide information about what is to come. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
How do writers use setting to deepen and enrich their stories?
Introduce the author and the story. How does the author’s use of setting help develop meaning?
Develop your body paragraphs.
Make sure to analyze instead of summarize the story.
Each paragraph in the body should have its own topic sentence and unified focus.
Draw to a conclusion.
In the conclusion of a literary analysis essay, you want to summarize briefly the main points of your analysis. For Essay 2, you want to explain the significance of the role of setting in the story that you are discussing and to draw a clear, specific conclusion.