What if these six stories were the only existing works of fiction by the authors from this time period (1800 - 1870)?
Compose a two-paragraph essay that assesses the literary value of these writings.
Consider the following:

What criteria might you use as the basis for your evaluation of the literary value of the stories:
Characterization? Universal Themes? Imagery? Reader Engagement?

What can you learn from these stories about this time period in the Nation's Literary History:
underlying values and beliefs? preoccupations? prior influences:
ROMANTICISM?

How do symbols within the stories connect to the main ideas, the purposes, and effectiveness of the authors?

 

REMEMBER, you cannot say it all, but you must provide textual evidence from some of the stories to support your analysis and claims.

 

Finally, consider what would be the best arrangement of your essay (given that you are working with two authors in a two paragraph essay).
Consciously vary your syntax (sentence structure) and use appropriate high level vocabulary. See six-traits assessment rubric.

 

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