Provide a brief summary of the piece and discuss why it belongs in the category of Creative Nonfiction. At then end of your introduction, write a three-point thesis statement, which argues that the article/narrative uses three literary devices to explore a major issue or offer commentary on it (state the issue or commentary in your thesis).
Refer specifically to at least three literary elements in your thesis (character, setting, plot, vignette, metaphor, figurative language, allusion, flashback, motif, imagery, tone, symbolism, etc.).
Please visit the following link for definitions of these or similar terms: https://literarydevices.net/literary-devices/ Links to an external site.
Sample Thesis: Williams’s “To a Worm in a Horseradish, the World is a Horseradish” uses plot, imagery, and symbolism to argue that the influence of popular culture can shape one’s social habits.
Body Paragraph 1: Discuss the first literary device with supporting details. Explain which elements worked well, which fell short, or which surprised you. Include at least one quote that’s no more than two typed lines.
Body Paragraph 2: Discuss the second and third literary device with supporting details. Explain which elements worked well, which fell short, or which surprised you. Include two quotes that are no more than two typed lines.
Body Paragraph 3: This brings us to the nonfiction elements. Discuss the overall theme (or unifying idea) of the piece. Does the message come through clearly? Is the piece successful, adequate, or lacking. Include one quote that’s no more than two typed lines in your explanation.
Conclusion Paragraph: In your conclusion, write a thesis restatement and briefly discuss the significance of each literary element you chose.
*The Creative Nonfiction Critique gives you the opportunity to explore both the literary and prose (or basic ordinary language) features of the piece you’ve chosen. You’ll want to read very closely.
Length Requirement: 500 words (or 2 double-spaced pages)
Stories: (pick any)
“Serving in Florida (Excerpt from Nickel and Dimed)” by Barbara Ehrenreich
“To a Worm in a Horseradish, the World is a Horseradish (Excerpt from Losing My Cool)” by Thomas Chatterton Williams
“My Father Says He’s a Targeted Individual: Maybe We All Are” by Jean Guerrero
“My Life as an Undocumented American” by Jose Antonio Vargas
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