humanities short story analysis


For this two-part assignment, you will be writing an analysis of a short story, including your interpretation of the story’s meaning, as well as relating the story’s meaning to your overall exploration of the humanities. These writings are not merely reflective exercises. Research and writing about the deeper meaning of the story is required. Although you may be creative, you will also have to demonstrate that you are engaging with the course materials and demonstrating academic research following proper citation procedures.

Assignment Instructions

Part 1 – Short Story Analysis Essay Instructions

1. Read some of the short stories from the link below and select ONE story to write about.

Short stories available at:

2. After you select and have carefully read the short story, do RESEARCH by finding at least two scholarly articles on the short story and integrate what you learned from them in your essay.

3. In a new document, start by composing one fully-developed paragraph (150 words minimum), where you identify the following elements:

    • title of story, author, date of publication
    • setting
    • characters
    • plot

4. Then, in two fully-developed paragraphs (at least 150 words in each paragraph), explain the ultimate meaning of the story. Provide as many examples as possible. Please note that this is your “interpretation” of the many possible meanings that the author is trying to convey. This is a point over which reasonable people may disagree. How do the researched interpretations of the story compare to your own interpretations?

Minimum 3 Paragraphs and 450 word count total.

5. Cite the sources of your researched interpretations. You must find and identify at least two research sources beyond your textbook. You may also cite research links provided in this module, but be sure to find and cite at least one source beyond what you are provided. Either the MLA or APA format will be permitted. Do NOT use Wikipedia or other encyclopedias (online, etc.) only. That is, you cannot use encyclopedias alone. Of course, you may use it as a starting place. Be sure to use SPELL CHECK and proof read your essay.

Part 2: Wrap Up Short Story Analysis Discussion

Post a new thread, that includes the following information in at least one fully developed paragraph (150 words minimum):

    • Explain how your interpretation of the story (and the story itself) teaches us something useful as human beings.

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