Daisy MillerLiterary Analysis Essay
Please select one of the essay prompts listed below:
1. Examine the implications of social class in Daisy Miller. Use specific examples from the text to prove social class is either “natural” or “constructed.” Then, compare and contrast how the author illustrates social class in his novella with the way social class exists today (as also either “natural” or “constructed”).
2. Analyze Daisy’s character using specific examples from the text. Then, select a modern-day (must be an American female in the public sphere AND approved by instructor) “Daisy Miller” for comparison. How are these female figures similar and different? Determine whether or not these individuals are inspirational female role models, despite their socially-unconventional and eccentric behaviors.
3. Evaluate Winterbourne’s handle of events with Daisy using textual evidence as support. Explain why or why not you believe Winterbourne did Daisy an injustice, and if so, what approach he should have taken with her and why.
4. Using textual evidence, discuss one or more instances of irony in Daisy Miller, and how it functions to develop (what you believe to be) the primary and overall, take-away message of the novella.
*2-3 pages *1-inch margins *One Turnintin.com copy *Double-spaced
*Typed *Includes header *One printed copy *MLA format
*12 point “Times New Roman” font *Includes creative title *1 embedded quote per body paragraph
*Contains clear and cohesive introductory, body (minimum of 2), and conclusion paragraphs (MIN. TOTAL: 4)
*CCSS.ELA.Litearcy.W.9-10.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
*CCSS.ELA.Litearcy.L.9-10.1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
*CCSS.ELA.Litearcy.R.L.9-10.1: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
* CCSS.ELA.Litearcy.R.L.9-10.2: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text. (prompt # 1 and 4)
OR (contingent on essay prompt)
*CCSS.ELA.Litearcy.R.L.9-10.3: Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme. (prompt # 2 and 3)
Timeline of Events and Correlating Due Dates:
Step 1: Draft a Thesis: DUE Friday, February 26th Step 2: Construct an Outline: DUE Monday, February 29th at the end of the period
Step 3: Compose an Introduction: DUE Wednesday, March 2nd at the end of the period (MEET IN COMPUTER LAB: ROOM 255 on Wednesday, 3/2) Step 4: Work on Remainder of Essay – Body Paragraphs and Conclusion: Thursday, March 3rd – Monday, March 7th Step 5: Peer Critique – Rough Draft DUE Tuesday, March 8th Step 6: Final Draft DUE IN CLASS AND TURNITIN.COM on Wednesday, March 9th
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