Now that you have read the content from Chapters 3, 14, and 17 and have also read two short stories focused on character development, compose a Single Character Analysis that will serve as a single from Chinua Achebeâ€™s novel, Thing Fall Apart (TFA).
Your character analysis should include an introductory paragraph where you note background information (title of work, author and character you plan to analyze) and your thesis should include body paragraphs to back-up your thesis. In these body paragraphs, you will provide in-text analysis of the character of your choosing where you formulate topic sentences tied to your thesis as you cite evidence and then provide analysis.
When you think about quoting, or paraphrasing from another, you can think of the process as similar to making a sandwich: note why you are inserting the quote into your writing; and then, following the quote, analyze why the quote works to further your thesis, or main idea. To sandwich a quote properly you must:
- Provide a statement introducing the quote (top slice of bread)
- Insert your quote (something yummy from the deli)
- Explanation of the quote (bottom slice of bread)
Use specific language from the following chapters in the body of your paper:
- 14 (Character)
- 17 (Style, Tone, and Language) when crafting your analysis.
- 3 (Writing Special Kinds of Papers) â€“ Writing a Character Analysis pgs. 51 to 54.
Be sure to address the â€œtypeâ€ of character you are analyzing:
As you move on with your analysis note how the elements inform the development of the character you choose to analyze:
- formal/informal diction
- figures of speech
Be sure to address and analyze the following as you work to provide a close reading and analysis of the character your are describing:
- How the character is motivated
- How language and the style/tone work to provide evidence for your reading/analysis of the character.
- How formal/informal diction, imagery, and figures of speech inform the make-up of the character
For a successful Critical Thinking Assignment:
- Have a strong thesis statement.
- Use specific textual support from the Chinua Achebeâ€™s Things Fall Apart in the body of your paper.
- Proofread for errors in spelling, grammar, and writing mechanics. Vary sentence structure and sentence length to add interest.
- Follow APA guidelines with regard to font style, size, margins, and spacing. For specific information, go to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA (Links to an external site.).
- Use APA when citing the text; include a reference page citation at the end of the paper for the short story in the anthology. See the tutorial in Module 1 or consult CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA (Links to an external site.) (used for this class).
- If you have questions about citing in APA, visit the University Writing Center (Links to an external site.). Additionally â€“ you can schedule a writing consultation with a CSU-GC Writing Consultant by following the directions on the attached document.