The primary goal of this assignment is to prove that two pieces of literature are both good examples or good representations of a specific time period because they both use important literary devices, writing styles, themes, or other written elements that match that time period. “For example, a student writing this essay might argue that two different short stories from the 1940s are both great examples of the Modernist Movement because they both feature first-person narrators, the stream-of-consciousness writing style, and address the negative feelings people had about the war.” Write a 900-1100 word research-based analysis essay including the following: Well-developed introduction paragraph with complete thesis statement. Sample thesis statement: Although Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” and H. P. Lovecraft’s “The Colour Out of Space” were written more than 50 years apart, both of these stories are excellent examples of the American Gothic Movement because they both focus on the dark side of human emotions, feature a sense of helplessness, and include vivid descriptions of violent deaths. Brief summary of your chosen time period or literary movement. This should be a very short section, one to two paragraphs maximum (recommended 200 words or fewer). Use this paragraph as a place to provide necessary background information on your chosen period or literary movement. Please focus on what was going with literature at the time; do not just give a Wikipedia-like info dump. Remember that this is a literature paper, not a history paper! Suggested topics to address in the background info section: Major trends in writing/literature at the time (i.e., oral tradition, writing about dark subject matter, the rise of the short story, etc.) Historical events that specifically led to those major trends (only share events that actually influenced the writing; if it didn’t influence writing, it doesn’t belong in this paper). Major writing styles of the time period (i.e. regulated poetry using parallelism, frame narrative, stream-of-consciousness, etc.) Common elements of the time period or movement (i.e. Realism trying to capture real lives as accurately as possible) Common world views, morals, or beliefs of writers from this time period (i.e. the Greeks believing in fate/the gods, the Hindu concept of dharma showing up in stories, Modernists rejecting old traditions to create something new, etc.) Analysis of your two chosen stories/poems to prove that they are good representatives of their time period/movement. This should be the longest section of the paper (recommended 700 words or more). Note: You are not comparing and contrasting the two stories/poems against each other here. The goal of this section is not just to find similarities and differences between the two pieces of literature. Instead, the goal of this section is to show how both pieces of literature match the time period/movement they came from and help to express the values, beliefs, and writing styles that were popular during that time. Finding similarities between the stories or poems can help prove they are both good examples of the time period/movement, but the goal of the paper is not just to compare the two stories/poems to each other. Some possible topics to discuss: Similar literary devices (repetition, personification, etc.) used in both stories that match their culture/time period, similar themes or major ideas in the stories that help express their culture’s views, similar plot structures or character archetypes that show what their cultures/time periods valued in people, similar religious concepts, similar writing styles that helped express the culture/time period, etc. Example topic sentences: Paragraph 1: Like most Gothic stories, “The Raven” and “The Colour Out of Space” both focus on the dark side of human emotions, which is related to the personal struggles their authors went through in life. Paragraph 2: “The Raven” and “The Colour Out of Space” are also excellent examples of the American Gothic Movement because they both include characters who are helpless to change their horrible life situations. Paragraph 3: Both “The Raven” and “The Colour Out of Space” include a monstrous creature that haunts the main characters, which was a common element in many Gothic stories, because death and loss were so common during that time period. Paragraph 4: Finally, both of these works of literature are strong representatives of the American Gothic Movement because they both feature a pessimistic world view, implying that, in the end, there is no escape from evil or despair. A solid conclusion paragraph that recaps on each main point from the body and then provides closure to the essay overall by discussing in a few sentences how literature is a record of the culture, beliefs, and values people had both in the past and present. IMPORTANT: Your essay must use a total of five sources. Two of your sources will be the pieces of literature you are analyzing. The other three sources must come from the library database. No websites except .edu websites will be allowed as sources, unless you get specific permission from the professor. NOTE: The lectures in this class cannot be used as a source for this essay. Your sources must come the textbook and outside research, not my lecture PowerPoints. Your essay must be in correct MLA format, including: Proper margins, double-spacing, header information, etc. Complete and accurate in-text citations–failure to include in-text citations will result in a grade of 0 for plagiarism. Complete and accurate works cited page–failure to include a works cited page will result in a grade of 0 for plagiarism. Note: The Works Cited page is not part of your essay’s total word count. Your essay must reach at least 900 words without the Works Cited page. A sample MLA format paper, with example citations, can be found here Download here.