Topic: Analytical essay on “Attila” by R.K. Narayan english essay

Length: 1200-1500 words — in four to eight paragraphs. Divide your thoughts into no more than seven paragraphs. (Exceeding the maximum length does not necessarily incur penalties; please inform me via email if you wish to go over 1500 words.)
Your Target Audience
Imagine that you are writing for people who have not recently read the story being analyzed.
Therefore, you need to provide sufficient plot summary and context for them to clearly follow your argument. Do not write to me the instructor, assuming that it is my job to put things in context: it is your job to provide context for the items of evidence.
SEVEN EXPECTATIONS
Study one of our major short stories in detail, performing the research, and then compose a unified, coherent, thoughtful analytical essay that presents evidence from the short story text to answer one of the questions below under “Topic Options.” Regardless of topic, your essay should do these six things:
[1] Demonstrate an understanding of the factual content of the story, including the author’s role as creator of a narrative voice, partly by including an accurate but concise (maximum 200 words) plot summary of the whole text in your introductory paragraph.
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[2] Defend as its thesis a well-formulated answer to the topic question, showing attention to concepts considered in the course relevant to animal-human relationships and to techniques of literary interpretation practiced.
[3] Present evidence to support your thesis by referring to specific details (such as strands, organizing contrasts, items of evidence about characterization, twists in the plot, shifts in focalization and voice, symbolic endings).
[4] Correctly document all evidence taken from the story, both summarized facts and quotations.
[5] Include at least three full-sentence quotations as key items of evidence, integrated with the FISACTQ method. Include explanatory comments on the quotations, spelling out their significance for your reader (the evidence does not speak for itself).
[6] Rather than only making statements about characters, include statements about what the author is suggesting, proposing, implying, hinting at, and the like, at a given point or in a given
context. – Your essay should therefore contain at least three well-composed statements that take either the whole text or the author as their grammatical subject. Try to begin or end each body paragraph, and certainly begin your concluding paragraph, with such statements that go
beyond describing character-level action to make claims about what the author – R. K. Narayan, Doris Lessing, Wright Morris, Molly Giles, Cornelia Nixon, Charles G. D. Roberts, Henry Williamson, Darcy Niland, Andy Russell — is saying or doing.
[7] Meet the course’s 50% standard for correctness of English language, staying acceptably free of errors in grammar, expression, spelling, sentence structure and the like. Language counts.
Take time to revise your writing, to edit it and to polish it. I encourage you to make use of the tutors in the KPU Learning Centre.
TOPIC OPTIONS (14)
Reminder: bidding for topics does not open until Friday 19th March at 12 noon.

1. On “Attila.”

In the conflict between the reality of the dog Attila’s desires and the false beliefs and baseless
hopes of his owners, what is R. K. Narayan suggesting about the differences between owners
and dogs, humans and animals?
[Caution: that this text is shorter than the others does not necessarily mean writing an essay on it will be easier.]

2. On “The Blind Dog.”

In the conflict between the blind beggar Sami and the street dog Tiger, what is R. K. Narayan
suggesting about the interplay between the cruelty-kindness spectrum and the povertyprosperity spectrum?
[Caution: that this text is shorter than the others does not necessarily mean writing an essay on it will be easier.]
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3. On “An Old Woman and Her Cat.” Homelessness.

In the loyalty between Hetty and Tibby, what unsentimental truths is Doris Lessing suggesting
about the lives of the eccentrically homeless and the failure of the state and society to care?

4. On “An Old Woman and Her Cat.” Feral individuality.

Analyzing the similarities of Hetty and Tibby – the traits they share despite their human-animal
difference – offer an interpretation of Hetty as character that foregrounds Doris Lessing’s
insistence on her individuality.

5. On “Victrola.” Old age.

Analyze Wright Morris’s creation of Bundy’s relationship with Victrola as a gradual revelation of
trials of living at an age where death approaches; consider the symbolic similarities between
owner and dog.

6. On “Victrola.” Against Sentimentalism.

Offer an interpretation of Wright Morris’ text that emphasizes the realistic and unsentimental
quality of its representation of guardian-dog relations; consider the distance and difference
between owner and dog.

7. On “Peril.” Joan’s Self-Understanding.

To what extent does Molly Giles’ story of Joan and the temporarily-rescued kitten tend toward
a tragedy of nervous breakdown – is Joan correct in her self-analysis as one going crazy, or are
her prayers an expression of resilience that Giles wants us to celebrate?

8. On “Peril.” The Associations of the Kitten.

Taking an inventory of the actions the kitten performs and all the meanings she has for the
many characters in the story, what general idea about the lives of suburban middle class people
does Molly Giles want the kitten to represent or suggest? Think of the kitten in terms of
metonymy.

9. On “Affection.” Memory and Self-Betrayal.

Nixon’s first-person narrator is not identical to Cornelia Nixon the author: the first-person
narrator, remembering her imperfect childhood, betrays more about herself than she intends
to. Compose an essay explaining one important thing about herself that she “betrays,” or
reveals without fully intending to reveal.

10. On “Affection.” Seymour as Symbolic Figure.

At one level, Cornelia Nixon represents Seymour as just a cat (realistic); at another level,
Seymour symbolizes something about fully adult human relationships that the young Jane did
not (at the time) understand. What is that something, or what things does Seymour represent?
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11. On “When Twilight Falls on the Stump Lots.” Mother Defenders.

What is Charles G. D. Roberts suggesting about the significance of animal lives and minds in his
dramatization of the struggles and fates of the two mothers in “When Twilight Falls on the
Stump Lots”? — Caution: if you choose this topic, avoid sentimental clichés about mother-love.

12. On “The Parachutist” and “When Twilight Falls on the Stump Lots.”

Offer a contrastive or comparative analysis of the shared pattern of the domestic animal
fighting back against and surviving an attack of a wild predator in Niland’s “The Parachutist” and
Roberts’ “When Twilight Falls on the Stump Lots.”

13. On “The Meal.” The Fox as Symbol of Wild Intelligence.

In what specific ways does Henry Williamson represent the mysterious otherness and moral
dignity of wild animal life – taking the fox as symbolic – in “The Meal”?
[Caution: that this text is shorter than the others does not necessarily mean writing an essay on it will be easier.]

14. On “The Friendly Owl.”

How does Andy Russell make the true story of Achilles take on the symbolic significance we
normally attribute only to fiction? Compose an essay connecting and analyzing the key
moments of intense significance in Russell’s text.

Type of assignment: Academic paper writing
Type of assignment: Essay
Subject: English
Pages/words: 12/3026
Number of sources: 5
Academic level: Bachelor
Paper format: MLA
Line spacing: Double
Language style: US English

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