Close reading Analysis: Love in a fallen city

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Conduct a close reading of the short story uploaded.  A “close reading” is an analysis that focuses on how elements internal to a literary text create meaning. These elements might include, for instance, language, character, structure, imagery, or symbolism.

In analyzing it, your job will be to explain how some element of its style or form illustrates a meaning conveyed by the story as a whole. “Meaning” might include a moral, a philosophy, a world view, or simply an attitude toward a particular issue or problem. This is an analytical assignment, not a research project, so the only
sources you will need are the literary text. Your analysis will focus on just one element, and the more specific you are the better.

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love_in_a_fallen_city-_by_eileen_chang_translated_by_karen_s._kingsbury.pdf

Description

Conduct a close reading of one passage in the short story –“Love in a Fallen City”. A “close reading” is an analysis that focuses on how elements internal to a literary text create meaning. These elements might include, for instance, language, character, structure, imagery, or symbolism. For the purposes of this assignment, they do not include external factors, such as historical context or the author’s biography. Your analysis will focus on just one element, and the more specific you are the better. Examples of “structure” might include use of narrative arc, parallelism, repetition, symmetry, and motif. Examples of “language” might include narrative tone, dialogue, idiom, hyperbole, and the like. Of course, you are not limited to these examples, which are purely illustrative. The passage you choose may be as short as a paragraph or as long as two pages. In analyzing it, your job will be to explain how some element of its style or form illustrates a meaning conveyed by the story as a whole. “Meaning” might include a moral, a philosophy, a world view, or simply an attitude toward a particular issue or problem.

This is an analytical assignment, not a research project, so the only sources you will need are the literary text.

Make sure to read the whole story first before you choose the passage to write on!

Evaluation criteria

 -Follows assignment guidelines

 -Includes a focused research question about an element of literary form or style

 -Draws supporting evidence for the argument solely from the literary text under discussion

 -Argument and supporting claims are supported by textual evidence

 -Argumentation is clear, concise, and well structured

 -Contains a conclusion that answers the research question

 -Does not discuss author biography or historical context

 -Defines key terms

 -Language is correct and idiomatic

2 pages

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