If you do not have a critical writing sample from your undergraduate career, you are welcome to use the following short stories to prompt your thinking as your essay. Choose one of the following short stories (a link to an online text is provided) and read it. When you have finished, you may either use one of the questions we have posted to help you construct a 7-12 page essay, or you may come up with your own question to frame an analysis of the tale. What we will be looking for in these essays is your ability to construct a sophisticated literary analysis, well-supported by textual detail. These essays should have a clear thesis (not a statement of fact, but an assertion to be argued), be persuasively organized, clearly written, and free of grammatical and spelling errors.
Please note, you are not required to use any of these prompts or stories; feel free to submit a paper you have already written, or to write a new one on the text of your choice.