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The Allegorical Short Story
inspired of course content choose either:
1. David Foster Wallace: “This is Water”
Allegory: a story that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one. Allegories often impart greater life lessons.
After reflecting on our course content (the texts we have read and the essays you have written) this semester, what is a life lesson that you can share with your audience? For this option, you should write your own creative allegorical short story that illustrates this “life lesson.”
Each of the following writing strategies should be employed in your allegory:
- Make at least one major argument inspired by our course content (this argument should be the “life lesson” you want to impart with your audience based on our course readings, discussions, and essays.
- Use description that evokes the readers’ senses: smell, touch, taste, sight, sound.
- Use narration to tell your story and support your thesis
- Employ allegory, which should enable you to imply/represent, rather than explicitly state, your thesis statement (main idea or argument). The reader should be able to infer your thesis.
- Has the author created an original and compelling essay in response to assignment of Allegory?
- Does the author have a strong thesis (absolutely crucial, whether or not it is implied or explicitly stated);
- Does the essay engage the reader? (Use your unique voice to appeal to your audience. Give it a great title and opening “hook.”)
- Does the author successfully establish their own claims and evidence to support their thesis?
- For the Allegory Essay, evidence will consist of description and narration, and perhaps dialogue.
- Is the conclusion of the essay effective? Does it resonate?
- Does the essay demonstrate an awareness for audience?
- Does the writer use an effective structure that carefully guides the reader from one idea to the next? Is the essay well organized? Are paragraphs focused and ideas developed logically?
- Is the essay thoroughly edited so that sentences are readable and appropriate for an academic paper?
- Does the writer effectively use MLA format?