Literary Analysis Essay Assignment and Rubric After reading and discussing Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” you are prepared to begin thinking about a formal analysis of the short story (also referred to as a literary text, or simply text). Think about the lesson you learned from the short story. Once you determine the lesson, use quotes and summary from the text as your evidence to explain how you determined that was the most significant lesson from the story. Your thesis should include the lesson that you learned (but here’s the change from the first essay: you can’t use I). You might start out with something like: I learned to appreciate life from Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” After you decide if that’s what you want to choose for the lesson, you might change it to something more like: Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” demonstrates that overcoming one’s fears is an essential part of appreciating life. Using your own lesson, you’ll find support from the text. You should quote from the text at least 3 times and may use only one block quote (a quotation of more than 3 lines). Quoting several words or phrases in one paragraph counts as one quote. The essay should be a thorough literary analysis of this work of literature. In order to prove your point about the lesson, you may consider any of the following in your analysis: character, setting, plot, theme, imagery, symbolism, tone, point of view. As you break down the work of literature, you may want to take notes or highlight significant details. You will create a coherent thesis that articulates your perspective on the lesson from this work of literature; you must be able to support it with evidence from the text. An additional Literary Analysis Thesis example: In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, symbols of the scarlet “A,” time, a scaffold, and a rosebush are effectively used to develop main characters and add structure to the work, as well as reinforce the theme that sin, especially that which is hidden, ultimately leads to one’s demise. Format & Length Use MLA formatting since this essay is about a work of literature. The entire paper should be in 12 point Times New Roman font and double-spaced. Include your last name and page numbers in the top right corner. The rough draft must be 3-4 pages and you must add an additional Work Cited page (Use Work instead of Works because the only work you will cite is the short story). The final paper will be 4-5 pages long, including the Work Cited page. Outline – Not required but highly recommended The outline should include your thesis, topic sentences for each paragraph and ideas for potential points in each paragraph—in full sentences.