Students are asked to write literary analysis essays because this type of assignment encourages you to think about how and why a poem, short story, novel, or play was written. To successfully analyze literature, you’ll need to remember that authors make specific choices for particular reasons. Your essay should point out the author’s choices and attempt to explain their significance.
Editing services for writers of short stories, novels and novellas is a specialty which requires an acute attention to detail. Editing is somewhat different from proofreading simply because editing takes on a much broader focus. The most basic proofreading will do an excellent job in finding spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes, but doesn't take into consideration the written work as a whole. Proofreading is essential, but editing takes the process a step further by improving the overall written content of a short story or novel without losing sight of the writer's intended goals and individual voice. Editing and proofreading fictional short stories and novels is different from other types of editing, in that an editor must have a love for the story creation process. That understood, fiction of any kind involves a creative element that must be acknowledged, understood and appreciated. Superior editing and proofreading allows the author to create exactly what he or she envisioned, sacrificing nothing to the individual tastes of the editor. Editing of this kind, when done well, fixes any and all mechanical and semantic problems while retaining the creative inspiration behind the initial project. Respect for the author's artistry and style is given top priority. Working with an editor closely aids immensely in putting together a finished product that is suitable for submission. Open communication with clear directions from the editor, coupled with meaningful input from the writer makes the entire editing and proofreading process run smoothly, ensuring that both parties will be happy with the outcome.
As your work on your essay, it may be helpful to review the information about the writing process presented on our course pages. Although the Web pages linked below use a photograph as the subject of an essay, the same principles apply to an essay on a short story.
***GENERAL ADVICE ON WRITINGAN INTRODUCTORY PARAGRAPHBegin by stating some basic information (author, title, genre [e.g.,"short story"]) and indicate the identities, relationships, and roles ofthe characters.
Typically, essays are written in the voice of the author, whereas short stories are written in the voice of a narrator, a persona created by the author to tell the story. As you are writing about a short story and are referring to what the storyteller says, you should not refer to what the "author" says but to what the narrator says.
Sometimes, an essay on a short story will include parenthetical citations for page numbers of quoted words and a separate "Work Cited" page listing publication information for the story, all according to Modern Language Association (MLA) standards. However, please do not include parenthetical citations or a "Work Cited" page with your essay. Understanding how to cite and document material properly can get somewhat complicated, and, at this point, I would prefer than you focus on developing and presenting your interpretation well without having to think about the proper citation and documentation of your subject. Later in the course, we will discuss MLA citation and documentation of sources.
You can assume that your audience has read the short story that you choose for your subject but has not studied or analyzed it. Your job is not to summarize the story but to help readers appreciate it and to understand its meaning. To help you go beyond a simple summary of the story, you should ask yourself what point the writer is trying to make. What is the author trying to tell us through the story?
In the pursuit of achieving the explicit expression of the plot development and themes, the short story writers can opt to assume some details, ignore some details completely or better still, use styles of literature to express themselves (Ford, Para 1).
SHORT SAMPLE ESSAYSAMPLE OPENING PARAGRAPH: (1) In his short story "HillsLike White Elephants," Ernest Hemingway uses setting subtly but effectivelyto emphasize the tension-filled, life-or-death decision facing a couple whodisagree about whether the woman should have an abortion.
The use of short stories can contribute to students’ reinforcing effectively and meaningfully their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary while it can help students to be more creative and imaginative in their writing in a way to free the students from the routine procedures occurring in the classroom....
Text for a short story should not exceed 7000 words or be less than 700 words.
Poe writes, 'The novel certainly requires what is denominated a sustained effort—but this is a matter of perseverance, and has but a collateral relation to talent.'; Is the main difference between the authors of short stories and those of novels that the novel writers are just non-talented over-achievers....
The simplest form for the shortest of stories will devote one paragraph to each of these stages, perhaps two or three paragraphs for the rising action.