“The Lynching of Jube Benson” by Paul L Dunbar Textual analysis includes the ide


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“The Lynching of Jube Benson” by Paul L Dunbar
Textual analysis includes the identification, examination, and evaluation of various themes, characters, language, and style used by the author of the text (five pages)
· Read the text several times. Underline lines that interest and stand out to you
· What do you know about the writer? Add a few lines about the writer
· What tools and techniques does the author use to persuade his audience? · Consider techniques such as quotes from text, figurative language (metaphors, symbolism, imagery, foreshadowing, etc.), ethos, pathos, logos
· Important. Decide what you want to focus on (1. one or two related themes, 2. character development, 3. stylistic devices/language). Choose one out of three
Tips for Introduction:
· Name the short story’s title: “The Lynching of Jube Benson” by Paul Dunbar
· Title of the book: Black African Short Stories. Editor: John Henrik Clarke
· Introduce author: Do some research. Consult short biographies at book’s end
· Mention your focus out of the three in this essay (themes, character, language)
· Write a thesis statement to state your position (one or two sentences)
· A thesis statement summarizes the main point or claim of the short story
· You may juxtapose/compare two stories (or a short story and a film)
Body Paragraphs:
· Each paragraph should support your thesis statement
· Explain links between specific quotations from the story and your analysis
· Use topic sentences to introduce main idea in each paragraph
· Use direct quotes (exact words) from story (1-2 per paragraph)
· First quote should have writer’s last name and page number (Dunbar 1)
· All following quotes should have page numbers only (2 or 3)
· Analyze the connection among your ideas, thesis, quotes, writer’s objective
· Do not summarize the text; explain how author’s techniques and your chosen quotes clarify the writer’s purpose
· Why do you think the writer wrote this short story?
Conclusion:
· Gather all your evidence and ideas into a convincing whole, synthesize
· Restate your thesis, summarize your analysis, evaluate author’s effectiveness
· Do not add any new information or quotes
· Make sure your reader feels you have argued your thesis convincingly
The above provides textual analysis guidelines based on one short story. You may decide to compare 2-3 stories. You may even juxtapose a short story with a film. You may also focus on a short story and its themes/topics that can lead you to do research and write a textual analysis plus a brief research paper combined. Another option is to write a personal essay by focusing on one short story and your own personal experience. INSTEAD OF USING 2 OTHER STORIES FROM THE BOOK, YOU CAN USE 2 SOURCES ABOUT HOW LYNCHING AND DISCRIMINATION TOWARD AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE STILL PRESENT TODAY SIMILAR TO THE BOOK. CONNECT FICTION WITH NONFICTION. YOU CAN INCLUDE HOW LYNCHING JUST BECAME A FEDERAL CRIME THIS YEAR AS WELL AS INCLUDE SOME CASES OF LYNCHINGS THAT’S HAPPENED WITHIN THESE PAST 3 YEARS.

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