Length: 750-1000 words
Write an analysis exploring some aspect of one (or more) of the short stories we have read so far. Choose some aspect to focus on and to explore further, such as symbols, characters, themes, or setting. You may choose from ONE of the following essay prompts or come up with another idea related to one of the stories: (You may also write about one of the supplemental stories instead: “Click Clack the Rattle Bag” or “Medusa.”)
“The Yellow Wallpaper”
Discuss the various factors that lead to the narrator’s descent into madness by the end of the story.
Analyze the ways in which the descriptions of the wallpaper mirror the narrator’s deteriorating state of mental health.
Read the Greek myth of Cassandra (in Blackboard), and discuss how the narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a Cassandra figure.
“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”
Discuss what you think the character Arnold Friend is or what he represents (you can explore more than one idea here.)
Compare this story to either the myth of Persephone and Hades or the fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood.” (See links in Blackboard)
“The Tell-Tale Heart”
Discuss the deeper meaning of some of the symbols in this story, such as the old man’s eye and/or the sound of the heartbeat
Compare and contrast the song “Furnace Room Lullaby” by Neko Case to “The Tell-Tale Heart”