Directions: Choose one of the topics below and write a multiple paragraph essay in which you directly respond to the issue presented.
1. Analyze the character and arc of the protagonist in Strangers on a Train, Guy Haines. What lesson is the reader supposed to learn from his experience?
2. Do an in-depth analysis of the antagonist in Strangers on a Train, Charles Bruno. Use the elements for studying character we went over in class (appearance, actions, dialogue, relationship to other characters). What comment on humanity does the author use him to make?
(choose whichever you feel more confident with/ find easier)
Requirements: Typed, double-spaced, four pages at a twelve-point font. Use MLA format. 3-4 pages 5 MAX. No need to cite sources
Note: An A paper will have a thorough introduction that provides a set up for the analysis, a clear thesis that addresses the essay topic, a strong use of specific examples/quotes throughout the body, clear and distinct body points, a sound theme that provides a backbone to the analysis, well-structured individual paragraphs, a smooth recap at the end. An A paper will also be free of major writing and style errors.
Outline for question 1.
How do you introduce this essay?
(transition – An example of ______ is Strangers on a Train)
Thesis: Highsmith uses Guy’s character arc to show _______.
How is he at the start? –
What are traits of his character that show him changing?
How is he at the end?
For each step – what was he like? Prove with a quote or two? Clarify how this indicates he is changing.
A.At the start of his arc, Guy is ____
Approach 2 – focus on key events that you think show he’s changing
For each step – what’s the event and how does it show him changing?
The steps of character development (events?) that change him
Step 2 – Death of Miriam
How did this change him?
Step 3 – Forced to kill Bruno’s dad
Step 4 – Bruno won’t go away
Step 5 – Bruno dies
Finish – ?
At the end of his arc, Guy is ____.
Theme paragraph – what lesson are we supposed to get from this? What we’re supposed to learn from this is . . . .
Outline for question 2 –
Thesis: Highsmith uses the character of Bruno to reveal this______.
Analysis of Bruno
What are his most prominent TRAITS as a character?
Prove with examples/quotes
End with a theme paragraph – what are we supposed to learn from Bruno
Recap your body points
Final point – relevance/timeliness/
Revision – organization and content