Topic: Literary Analysis on The Lightening-Rod Man


Assignment prompt
Specific reading:
1. Read the story, “The Lightning-Rod Man,” by Herman Melville, published 1853. Access it here:
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2. Read these brief literary analyses on the story:,%20Herman%20The%20Lightning-Rod%20Man%20(1853)%20analysis%20by%203%20critics.pdf
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3. Get to know the story’s author, Herman Melville (1819-1891), by reading this entire article:
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4. Visit this website dedicated to Melville and skim over all of its contents and the lists of his works to get a feel for the amount of literature he produced:
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Essay prompt:
Having read this complex piece of literature, some sample analyses of it, and having got to know its author, now it’s time to forge your own literary analysis of the story. You may borrow from the samples or invent your own perspective(s). Include as many perspectives as you wish, one or more, as necessary.
In your essay, you must explain and elaborate your ideas clearly, however complex, relating to all things you find relevant, such as, but not limited to, the era of the story, whether it was intended to be serious or comical, whether it was an analogy of other things in life, whether it relates to our modern era, whether the author used the story to express his personal feeling, whether its theme was intended to be timeless and relevant in the future or if it was only a remark of the past, etc. Much of your response might derive from the effect the story had on you: What did it make you think and feel? 
In literary criticism, there is no “wrong” answer, unless you don’t answer with your own unique thoughts. To succeed in literary criticism, you must read the subject work carefully (often more than once — know it well!); you will not be able to skim read the resources above and then expect to produce a thought-provoking and meaningful analysis. Short-cutting will show through your writing. Be sure to reference specific passages from the story using quotations and other college level grammar conventions. You are also expected to enrich your analysis by referencing and incorporating any outside sources that you find helpful to your purpose. Include a works cited list (including entries for the required reading sources 1, 3, and 4 above, at minimum) and use in-text citations, according to APA style.
*IMPORTANT: For this essay, you must incorporate outside sources using in-text citations and a works cited page. At minimum, cite the story itself and the related criticism linked above. Ensure your work is in essay format.

Type of assignment: Writing from scratch

Subject: English

Pages / words: 5 / 1400

Number of sources: 2

Academic level: Undergraduate

Paper format: APA

Line spacing: Double

Language style: US English

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