Argue that Emily Grierson’s Relationship with Her Father Contributed to her Tragedy by A Rose for Emily


    Topic of Essay:

    Argue that Emily Grierson’s relationship with her father contributed to her tragedy in “A Rose for Emily.”


    • The essay will be 4-6 pages long, including the Works Cited page. The Works Cited page will be your last page.
    • Double-space the text of your paper, and use a legible font (e.g. Times New Roman). Whatever font you choose, MLA recommends that the regular and italics type styles contrast enough that they are recognizable one from another. The font size should be 12 pt.
    • It will include a complete thesis statement somewhere in the introduction, probably at the end. Highlight this thesis statement, please.  Remember, your thesis is one complete sentence that tells your reader exactly what you will prove in your essay.
    • Your analysis of the work(s) must include specific passages from the story. Use four to eight direct quotes (depending on the length of your quotations) and cite your direct quotes according to the MLA guidelines.
    • Don’t use any quote over five lines.
    • If you use any outside research, this should be cited both in the body of your paper and on the Works Cited page.  It is fine to use an expert’s opinion on your topic, but make sure you don’t plagiarize (use someone else’s words without giving credit), and make sure the bulk of the analysis (80%) is your own.
    • Your conclusion should sum up your main point.
    • Point of View:   Use the third-person (ex. he, she, they, it) point of view.  You may use plural first-person pronouns if they are appropriate.  For example, you may say in our  You don’t need to say I think or I believe because these ideas will be all of your own thoughts in your own words.  Don’t use you, your, or yours.  Second-person pronouns shouldn’t be used in formal academic writing.
    • Tone:  Your tone should be serious for this essay. You must use objective, impartial, unbiased language. (No exclamation marks, inflammatory words, etc.)
    • Diction: Choice of words should be suitable for a college-educated audience.  For example, k.should be revised.  It’s too informal.  Acceptable is a better term. Do not use contractions (ex. don’t, can’t, it’s). Don’t use informal abbreviations, such as etc.