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.
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.
A Short Explication of "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Explicated by: Derek Muhl, Scott Van Wye, Micah Dean, D'Angelo Cowherd
What's it all about, Micah?
Grab my staff and I'll be glad to show you...
Who is the Protagonist?
Young Goodman Brown:
-Newlywed wife Faith
-Embarks on journey through woods
Who is the Antagonist?
The extent of the short story is an internal struggle with Young Goodman Brown and himself as he struggles both to keep his Faith, and un-see the evil in everyone.
The man with the staff could also be viewed as an antagonist as he is the one who is performing the rituals in the forest.
After witnessing the Satanic rituals in the midst of the forest, Young Brown begins to see the evil in everyone including his dear Faith.
Goodman Brown stumbles into a Satanic ritual in a forest where he witnesses familiar figures, and his Faith in the center, partaking in a "communion."
Brown is exposed to the hypocrisy of the Church leaders and those in a high position.
The first paragraph should present the large issues; it should inform the reader which conflicts are dramatized and should describe the dramatic situation of the speaker. The explication does not require a formal introductory paragraph; the writer should simply start explicating immediately. According to UNC ‘s Professor William Harmon, the foolproof way to begin any explication is with the following sentence: “This poem dramatizes the conflict between …” Such a beginning ensures that you will introduce the major conflict or theme in the poem and organize your explication accordingly.
Explication of Fiction(Short Story)
Explication of Fiction
Select a short story(Sandra Cisneros, Merican, Daniel Orozco, Orientation, Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour or Jamaica Kincaid, Girl) that resonates with you and has themes that you feel you can discuss. Compose an essay that includes the following information, but not necessarily in this order.
1. Give a brief (one paragraph) summary of your selected story.
2. Is the story’s protagonist a hero or an antihero?
3. How does the protagonist relate to society?
4. What themes or ideas is this story about?
5. What aspects of the story—its characters, narrator, dialogue, and setting—demonstrate these themes?
6. What is the intended audience of your selection?
7. What do you think the author wants the audience to understand about the themes you have identified?
Try to use only the course lecture, your textbook, and your brain. You do not need to conduct research, but you should where research is needed.
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The writer observes and presents many of the most salient points of the short poem, but she could indeed organize the explication more coherently. To improve this explication, the writer could focus more on the speaker’s state of mind. In this way, the writer could explore the implications of the dramatic situation even further: why does the speaker ask a question of a mute object? With this line of thought, the writer could also examine more closely the speaker’s movement from perplexity (I am trapped but the waters are free) to a kind of resolution (the fountain and the sea are as trapped as I am). Finally, the writer could include a more detailed consideration of rhythm, meter, and rhyme.
In propriety of speech, (and certainly propriety of speech is necessary in a discourse of this nature) eldest parents signifies either the eldest men and women that have had children, or those who have longest had issue; and then our author’s assertion will be, that those fathers and mothers who have been longest in the world, or longest fruitful, have by divine institution a right to civil power. If there be any absurdity in this, our author must answer for it: and if his meaning be different from my explication, he is to be blamed, that he would not speak it plainly. This I am sure, parents cannot signify heirs male, nor eldest parents an infant child: who yet may sometimes be the true heir, if there can be but one. And we are hereby still as much at a loss, who civil power belongs to, notwithstanding this “assignment by divine institution,” as if there had been no such an assignment at all, or our author had said nothing of it. This of eldest parents leaving us more in the dark, who by divine institution has a right to civil power, than those who never heard any thing at all of heir or descent, of which our author is so full. And though the chief matter of his writing be to teach obedience to those who have a right to it, which he tells us is conveyed by descent; yet who those are, to whom this right by descent belongs, he leaves, like the philosopher’s stone in politics, out of the reach of any one to discover from his writings.
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