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Literary Analysis of "Marigolds"

Explain how the author uses diction, imagery, and other literary devices such as juxtaposition and flashback in “Marigolds” to create the narrator’s voice and present a particular point of view. In your writing, be sure to:

  • Begin with a clear thesis that states your opinion

    • In your opening statement, identify the title and author of the text.

    • Write a thesis that makes a statement that must be argued (it isn’t obvious or not everyone would agree)

    • Consider the following frame if unsure how to begin:

      • In [title of text], author [author name] uses [description of 2-3 literary devices used] to convey [position to be argued].

      • Example: In “Bread,” author Margaret Atwood relies on questioning diction and frequent perspective changes to convey the scope of the suffering and need for empathy in responding to international poverty.

  • Include multiple direct quotations from the text to support your claims. Introduce and punctuate all quotations correctly.

    • You will need more than one paragraph, and each paragraph should have 2-3 pieces of evidence.

    • There are two ideal organizational structures for this response.

      • Intro & thesis paragraph; analysis of voice paragraph; point of view paragraph; concluding statement

      • Intro & thesis statement; literary device 1’s effect on voice & POV; device 2’s effect; (maybe) device 3; concluding statement.

  • Include transitions between points and a statement that provides a conclusion

    • Be sure that each sentence/idea is clearly connected to the ones before and after it.

  • Use literary devices in your writing knowledgeably

    • DO NOT, EVER, write “uses imagery” or “uses diction.” Add descriptive words before the literary device!

    • Examples: imaginative diction; emotional diction; confrontational diction - vivid imagery; impossible imagery; violent imagery.

Goals are to demonstrate an understanding of how literary devices are used to support intentional effect and to select and support evidence in used in written analysis

Exemplary Work will be grammatically accurate, syntactically varied and rely on thoughtful observations to create an engaging read.

Earlier Event: September 17
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Later Event: October 8
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