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This assignment asks you to build on the skills you used to complete the close reading
assignment. In some ways, you can think of this assignment as just several close readings put
together to support a thesis.
Your purpose with this assignment is to persuade your audience to accept your interpretation of
the novel. You will choose to write about either Tell the Machine Goodnight or Player Piano. You
will need to develop a topic and narrow that topic into a tightly controlled thesis.
Ideas for topics will emerge during classroom discussions, and the asynchronous class instruction
for Week 8 (10/26-11/01) will include a detailed discussion of this assignment, including possible
topics for the paper.
Some resources that will be helpful
Link to a PDF discussing how to write a literary analysis essay:
A link to a page discussing thesis sentences for literary analysis papers:
Instructions and requirements
– This assignment is due before 2:00PM November 17. I will accept it late without a penalty
to the grade until November 24; however this assignment is eligible for a rewrite only if it
is submitted to Blackboard by 2:00 November 17 and only if it receives an initial grade of
B- or below.
– 4-5 pages (1,000-1,250 words); MLA style
– No research. Don’t use study guides or summaries. Don’t conduct an internet search for
information about the book. This paper is intended to measure how well you are able to
apply your own literary analysis skills to a novel in support of an argument about the