For this paper, you will develop an argument that you began exploring in the Week 2 discussion, which asked, “What is literature?”Your paper will answer that question using the following format: 

“This story is an excellentexample of literature because it provides meaning about X.” 

Examples of how you might fill-in “X” include “children and parenting,” “the Black experience,” “gendered double standards,” or another aspect of the human condition that you can relate to and that has a significant presence in the story. 

The answer statement above is only half of your thesis. The thesis is constructed with two main parts: a claim and warrants.For this paper, your thesis will havethreewarrants. 


Flannery O’Connor’s short story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” is an excellent example of a literary work because it provides insight into the hypocrisy of religious morality through character, setting, and theme. 

Week 3 shows you how the outline is a straightforward way to list and organize your ideas to support your claim with three warrants.Your task in drafting this paper is to expand the levels of your outline in more detail.Next, you will convert the bulleted items from your outline into well-crafted sentences, and then combine the sentences into well-organized, logical paragraphs. 

Your three warrants will use the literary elements you explored and applied in Week 2.You may choose any literary elements, and you do not have to use three different ones.However, the body of your paper needs to have three paragraphs.For instance, if you choose to only discuss plot, then you must have enough information to develop three paragraphs about how the plot elucidates your thesis claim.

Summary vs. analysis:Be aware that a paper analyzing a piece of literature is not a plot summary.Summary should be brief, with only the details necessary to identify the parts of the story required to develop your paper. 

You must use the short story MISS BRILL by Katherine Mansfield for references.