Every paper that you write for this course asks that you analyze some form (poet

Every paper that you write for this course asks that you analyze some form (poetry, fiction, drama) of literature. Your papers should meet these nine standards:
Identify the author and title within the first three sentences.
State and develop your theme in the introductory paragraph. “The theme is that Esteban changes the village” is a simplification. Avoid using the phrase “The theme is….”; instead, be specific, as in “Esteban changes the village by delighting the villagers’ imaginations, etc…”.
Write in the present tense.
Avoid “I” and “you.”
Use quotations around titles of short stories and poems; italicize longer works.
Make sure the selections from the text that you use to illustrate your interpretation are in quotation marks.
Keep the quotations to a minimum; quote only what you need. and paraphrase the rest (avoid using quotations as filler). Do not quote in the introduction.
Introduce quotes; incorporate them into your sentence (avoid dropped or hanging quotations).
Provide a contextual summary (introduce characters relevant to your thematic analysis) that relates to theme in the introduction.
Have a thesis statement that, in a nutshell, argues your interpretation of the story.