Original work.  rough draft… Less than 20% plagiarism. MLA format


ASSIGNMENT: This paper requires that you examine short stories and analyze their treatment of war. The stories we are looking at are “Soldier’s Home” and “A Natural History of the Dead” by Ernest Hemingway, “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” by JD Salinger, and “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien. One of the first things you will need to do to write this paper is limit yourself to one or two assertions about what the authors are trying to convey about war. Then, you will examine three or four passages from one of these stories or from more than one of these stories to show how the war is portrayed. Each example should support your thesis. If you use a source outside of the stories to provide more information or to back up an assertion, it must be correctly cited.

CHECKLIST: These are the questions that I must be able to answer yes to in order to give you an 85 or above on the paper.

Have I narrowed my thesis down to one or two portrayals of war?

Have I presented my ideas logically in a way that is easy for the reader to follow?

Have I supported my opinion with quotes and details from the story/stories?

Have I properly explained the summary and quotes that I have used in my paper to make my argument?


Papers will be

• in 12 pt. Times New Roman

• in MLA format

• 4-6 pages, which is equivalent to 92-138 lines

· at least two quotes from the stories

· works-cited page, which should be numbered, but is not counted as part of your page/line requirement.

If your draft does not fulfill these requirements, the paper will not be graded and will be given a 50 out of 100. Late papers will not be accepted.

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