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As we delve deeper into the semester, we accrue even more short stories and their elements to grapple with. The second paper takes much the same approach as the first paper, but with a broader bank of options. That is, you should choose any two stories from our course schedule and compare them in terms of either plot; character; narration and point of view; setting; symbol and figurative language; or theme. The caveat here is that you may not choose either of the stories, or the element of fiction, you wrote about in Paper 1.
This time around, I would encourage the class to get as explicit as possible with their guiding argument. A thesis that is too broad and vague might sound like this: "In both stories the characters play important roles, which can be seen through symbol and figurative language." That doesn't tell us what stories, which characters, or what's important about the symbolism and language. Construct an argument that only you can make, because it relies on your original insight into the texts. Try something like, "In 'Reunion' and 'The Things They Carried,' both protagonists--Charlie and Jimmy Cross--must confront loss and separation beyond their maturity level, though Cross demonstrates how this pressure has changed him by tossing out the pebble while the reader is left to imagine the impact of Charlie's bad day with his father." (Or some such thing:)
Once again, you should employ direct quotes and paraphrases from both of the stories you address. Additionally, you should use a combination of direct quotes and paraphrases from one of the craft-discussion chapters hyperlinked on our Course Schedule. Do not bring in any additional texts--the purpose being I want you to bear down on the specifics of the texts we already have at our disposal. Your in-text citations must be in MLA format; but because all of your sources are coming from the Course Schedule, there is no works cited page necessary.
As we delve deeper into the semester, we accrue even more short stories and their elements to grapple with. The second paper takes much the same approach as the first paper, but with a broader bank of options.