When writing a close reading, a critic chooses some aspect of the text--development of character, use of imagery, function of setting, development of symbolism, etc.--and analyzes its function or its effect within the text. Such a reading has a clear thesis statement (a focused argument which is subsequently proved within the paper), supported by evidence (summaries, paraphrases, quotations) from the primary text.
For this assignment students
will choose a text from the reading schedule and analyze some aspect in
five to seven pages. No outside sources may be used.