Handsomest Drowning Man Essay

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Read Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “The Handsomest Drowned Man in The World” and write down your             impressions as you read, underlining text that seems especially important. Read the text closely; examine it thoroughly. 
Determine the theme of the story. During your reading, you should think about an aspect of the story that resonates imaginatively with you.  Ideas about change, beauty, resurrection, the nature of the body are all relevant.  Try to start large, and get more precise in your thinking about the story’s characters, setting and/or symbols.  This is a brainstorming process.  Write as you brainstorm to keep track of your thoughts.
Now, organize your thoughts.  Compose a focused essay that argues your understanding of the meaning  of the story, using the text to illustrate your points.  The paper should be at least five pages long.  

Use quotations from the story to support your argument, but use them sparingly and integrate them into your sentences (see the Literary Analysis Resource file)
Do not use secondary sources
Follow the Conventions for Writing about Literature (use present tense, include author and title in      first sentence, etc: Read the file!)
Use MLA Format, i.e., standard font size, etc.
Proofread
Submit your paper at the TurnItIn link in the Course Information and Paper Submission section of the site.

Conventions for Writing about Literature

Every paper that you write for this course asks that you analyze some form (poetry, fiction, drama) of literature. Your papers should meet these nine standards:

Identify the author and title within the first three sentences
State and develop your theme in the introductory paragraph. “The theme is that Esteban changes the village” is a simplification. Avoid using the phrase “The theme is….”; instead, be specific, as in       “Esteban changes the village by delighting the villagers’ imaginations, etc…”.
Write in the present tense
Avoid “I” and “you”
Use quotations around titles of short stories and poems; italicize longer works
Make sure the selections from the text that you use to illustrate your interpretation are in quotation marks
Keep the quotations to a minimum; quote only what you need and paraphrase the rest (avoid using quotations as filler)
Introduce quotes; incorporate them into your sentence (avoid dropped or hanging quotations) . See  the linked literary resource to understand the correct way to incorporate quotations.
Provide a contextual summary (introduce characters relevant to your thematic analysis) that relates to theme in the introduction

Every paper that you write for this course asks that you analyze some form (poetry, fiction, drama) of literature. Your papers should meet these nine standards:

Identify the author and title within the first three sentences.
State and develop your theme in the introductory paragraph. “The theme is that Esteban changes the village” is a simplification. Avoid using the phrase “The theme is….;” instead, be specific, as in “Esteban changes the village by delighting the villagers’ imaginations, etc….”
Write in the present tense.
Avoid “I” and “you.”
Use quotations around titles of short stories and poems; italicize longer works.
Make sure the selections from the text that you use to illustrate your interpretation are in quotation marks.
Keep the quotations to a minimum; quote only what you need and paraphrase the rest (avoid using quotations as filler).  Do not use quotations in your introduction.
Introduce quotes; incorporate them into your sentence (avoid dropped or hanging quotations) . See the linked literary resource to understand the correct way to incorporate quotations.
Provide a contextual summary (introduce characters relevant to your thematic analysis) that relates to theme in the introduction.

To prepare to write the papers in this course, please click on these links to access the sites that explain literary analysis fully.

Please read the Writing about Fiction resource here. (The link will take you to Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab, aka OWL, Writing about Literature section.)
This literary analysis site, from the University of Wisconsin, helps especially with quotations of primary texts in literary analysis.
This site, set up by UC Berkeley, contains examples and a worksheet for using quotes to write about literature.