Humanities Short Story Analysis


For this two-part assignment, you will be writing an analysis of a
short story, including your interpretation of the story’s meaning, as
well as relating the story’s meaning to your overall exploration of the
humanities. These writings are not merely reflective exercises. Research
and writing about the deeper meaning of the story is required. Although
you may be creative, you will also have to demonstrate that you are
engaging with the course materials and demonstrating academic research
following proper citation procedures.

Assignment Instructions

Part 1 – Short Story Analysis Essay Instructions

1. Read some of the short stories from the link below and select ONE story to write about.

Short stories available at:

2. After you select and have
carefully read the short story, do RESEARCH by finding at least two
scholarly articles on the short story and integrate what you learned
from them in your essay.

3. In a new document, start by
composing one fully-developed paragraph (150 words minimum), where you
identify the following elements:

    • title of story, author, date of publication
    • setting
    • characters
    • plot

4. Then, in two fully-developed paragraphs (at least 150 words in each paragraph), explain the ultimate meaning of the story.
Provide as many examples as possible. Please note that this is your
“interpretation” of the many possible meanings that the author is trying
to convey. This is a point over which reasonable people may disagree.
How do the researched interpretations of the story compare to your own

Minimum 3 Paragraphs and 450 word count total.

5. Cite the sources of your researched interpretations. You
must find and identify at least two research sources beyond your
textbook. You may also cite research links provided in this module, but
be sure to find and cite at least one source beyond what you are
provided. Either the MLA or APA format will be permitted. Do NOT use
Wikipedia or other encyclopedias (online, etc.) only. That is, you
cannot use encyclopedias alone. Of course, you may use it as a starting
place. Be sure to use SPELL CHECK and proof read your essay.

Part 2: Wrap Up Short Story Analysis Discussion

Post a new thread, that includes the following information in at least one fully developed paragraph (150 words minimum):

    • Explain how your interpretation of the story (and the story itself) teaches us something useful as human beings.