Multicultural Literature Description Stories to choose from: “Strong Temptations—Strategic Movements—The Innocents Beguiled” by Mark Twain “It Used to be Green Once” by Patricia Grace “The Hockey Sweater” by Roch Carrier -Part A In this part of Project 3, you will write an essay in which you analyze a theme in one of the stories you read for this course. Remember that the theme is the main idea about life that the author is trying to communicate to the reader through the actions of the characters. Theme is not the same as topic. The topic is what the story is about, whereas the theme is the message the author is giving to the reader. When an author creates a theme in a story, it is a statement about society or a moral judgement conveyed throught the story. Consider the following questions when trying to identify a theme: Consider the character development in the story. How do the characters change from the beginning to the end of the story? What are the conflicts in the story? Are they internal or external? When a character makes a choice, what does the choice say about the character? Once you have reviewed the conflicts, the character development, and the outcome of the story, you are ready to discuss theme. Does there seem to be a message about society that is related through the story? (In a fable, it might be called the “moral” of the story.) This will be the theme. Write a sentence that clearly communicates your ideas about the story and the message that the author is trying to communicate to the readers. This is the theme of the story, and it will be the basis of your essay. Don’t worry that you might have chosen the wrong theme for the story. A story can have many themes. Your job is to explain why you think the story is communicating that theme to the readers and to support it with details and examples from the text of the story. Follow the format you have learned in your essay. Your introduction will include general comments about the theme of the story. These statements will lead you to your thesis statement. (Be sure that you identify the author and title of the story and the theme that you will be discussing.) Some questions to address in your introduction might include: Why did you select this theme? How do the conflicts in the story support your theme? Analyze how the character(s) change(s) over the course of the story to prove your theme. What statement about life is the story making? What does the author want the reader to learn from the story? You will develop a thesis statement that is directly related to the questions above to be proven throughout the body paragraphs in the essay. A thesis statement is a sentence or two that tells the reader what the rest of the essay is about. A good thesis statement does not simply announce a topic; it says something about the topic, and it provides the framework for your paper. Never start a paper with, “In this paper I will discuss . . . ” Here is an example: The theme of “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin is that social expectations can shape one’s identity and sense of self. Each body paragraph will start with a topic sentence that includes one statement to support your theme. Follow the topic sentence with evidence from the story to support your topic sentence. Use at least one direct quotation form the story in each body paragraph to support your ideas. These quotations must be correctly documented according to the MLA guidelines. The following is an example of a topic sentence with a quotation from “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin. Louise Mallard’s actions show that she has been conditioned to display socially acceptable behavior upon hearing the news about the death of her husband. “She did not hear the story as many women would have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance. She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms. When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone. She would have no one follow her” (Chopin 27). [After every quote, write the author’s last name and the page number that the quote is found on in parenthesis, followed by a period.] Next, explain how your examples support your topic. Conclude each paragraph with a closing sentence that will naturally lead to the next topic. You will have at least three-to-five body paragraphs. Your final paragraph will be your conclusion. Restate your thesis statement in a fresh manner and provide closure by adding your final thoughts about the theme of the story. The paper will be at least 600 words in length (two typed, double-spaced pages) and will be worth 50 points. The essay will be scored according to the criteria in the following rubrics. -Part B This course is Multicultural Literature. Throughout the course, you have read stories written by authors from various countries and cultural backgrounds. The objectives of the course required that you were to understand ways in which social roles and customs influence the behavior of people and comprehend the importance of heritage, customs, and traditions in people’s lives. Select one story from the course that you think best represents your understanding of these objectives. It does not have to be from the final unit. You can choose any story from the course. Explain how the story reflects the ideas of the influence of social roles and customs on the behavior of the people in the story. Include the importance of heritage, customs, and traditions in the characters’ lives. Discuss how the main character is changed by the traditions and customs, or how the character rebels against or conforms to those customs. Also include how the author’s background and purpose influence the perspective of the story. Develop a clear thesis statement that communicates your views on the topic. Use evidence from the text in the form of quotes from the story to support your opinions and cite them correctly. Write an essay that is 600 words (two-double spaced pages) in length. Be sure to include a well-developed introduction with a clear thesis statement, at least three-to-five body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Use quotes from the story to support your thesis, explain the quotes, and cite them correctly.