Your essay will be assessed on the qualities that set the autobiographical literary critique apart from its dull counterpart, the normal literary critique, which no one reads and no one wants to write. Thus, it is imperative that you take the time to read some (or, preferably, all) of the examples listed above in the resources, as well as the lectures available in our course, so that you are familiar with these criteria, which are:
Essay includes a short summary of the story being analyzed, including both the title and the name of the author. A general rule of thumb is that the autobiographical literary critique should be about 10% summary and 90% analysis.
The analysis is personal and includes anecdotes and discussion of the lesson (or lessons) that were derived from the story being analyzed.
The analysis includes a claim and evidence from the text through quotes from the story.
The writing conforms to MLA documentation, including a works cited page that identifies the fairytale and any other sources you include.
The writing engages readers through an interesting introduction, engaging details, distinct voice, and a conclusion that pulls the ideas together to bring closure to the writing.
The assignment is to read one of the following fairy tales and to write a literary critique in response. Pick one of the following to read and analyze:
The Frog King, by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, online at: https://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm001.html
The Six Swans, online at: https://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm049.html
The Little Mermaid by Hans Cristian Andersen, online at: http://www.online-literature.com/hans_christian_andersen/2084/
Using the techniques identified in the course lectures and the model critique essays, write your own analysis essay in response to the fairy tale you chose from the list above. Your essay should be at least 4 full pages in length, double-spaced and written in Candara font. For more information on Fairy Tale Literary Critique check on this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairy_tale