Literary Analysis of Flannery O’Connor’s The Misfit

Below I have attached my outline for the essay and two of the scholarly articles you must use these.
In this essay, you are asked to analyze ANY short story from our textbook. Your task is to write a detailed literary analysis of this story. This essay relies mainly on textual support from the primary text and includes at least 3 secondary sources that supports/sustains the student’s argument. Do not confuse “critical analysis” with “plot summary.” The goal is to develop, sustain, and advance a thesis based on a critique of the primary text which is supported in part by at least 3 scholarly articles from the Troy Library databases.
You are expected to address one of the major themes raised in this story, write about the evolution of the protagonist’s character (his strengths and weaknesses, his personality, motives etc), analyze how figurative language contributes to the development of a theme, an issue, or an argument presented in a short story. Alternatively, you can analyze the protagonist’s epiphany, and show how it relates to you as an individual/person/writer, your personal values, beliefs, and convictions. The choice to an approach to a literary analysis is yours.
Make sure that you use literary terms (the protagonist, the plot, the antagonist, the conflict, the climax, the epiphany, a dynamic/static character, a point of view, the setting, the tone, etc.) throughout your literary analysis essay.
It is crucial that you both quote and cite from a short story as well as from your scholarly articles to support your thesis and ideas in your essay. Each quote that you use should be short, vivid, telling, and it should be correctly integrated within your essay following the rules of proper punctuation and mechanics. Use your Backpack Literature, The MLA Handbook, The MLA handout, or The Writer’s Reference for the MLA format rules.
What you’ll be graded upon:
15% Introduction: You establish a context for the significance of your thesis in regards to the literary work as a whole. How does your argument contribute to understanding the author’s major literary/thematic concerns? What can other readers learn from your analysis?
15% Thesis: You state your main point (or argument) in one sentence. Your thesis should be clear, concise, and arguable. The thesis is the culmination of your introduction.
30% Organization. Your essay should follow that of a typical literary critique: Since your focus must be on analyzing some literary motif, theme, or a combination of literary elements (such as symbolism, character, setting, etc.), your essay must contain well-structured supporting paragraphs that contain a topic sentence, quotes from the primary text, an explanation/discussion of the significance of the quotes you use in relation to your thesis, and a concluding sentence or two that situates the entire paragraph in relation to the thesis. Your thesis will focus on a critical analysis of the primary text, so your supporting paragraphs should be organized around each of the quotes you use, explaining the significance of the quotes and why (or how) they illustrate your main point, but you also need to make sure that your paragraphs contain strong transitions and at least six (or more) sentences. Your thesis should be supported by quotes and citations from your secondary sources that is your scholarly articles.
10% Conclusion: Regardless of the argument you make, you want a conclusion that avoids summarizing what you’ve just said, and please avoid writing, “In conclusion.…” Your aim in a conclusion is to place the discussion in a larger context. For example, how might your critical analysis of a literary character relate to the other characters in a work? How might your thesis be applied to other aspects of the text, say for example, setting or symbolism?
15% Grammar and mechanics: Your paper avoids basic grammar mistakes, such as dropped apostrophes in possessives, subject/verb disagreement, arbitrary tense switches, etc. The paper demonstrates a commitment to proofreading by avoiding easy-to-catch typos and word mistakes (effect for affect, for example). The paper adheres to MLA formatting style for in-text citations.
15% Presentation: Your paper meets the minimum length criteria of 750 words, is typed with a title and your name on it. Your paper should follow the MLA Format. Type your essay using Times New Roman 12- point font. Double-space your essay and leave 1inch margins on all sides. Number all of your pages in the upper-right corner with your last name and a page number. Your essay should include a Works Cited page with the references of the works and scholarly articles that you cited in your essay. Please, see your MLA Handbook (8th edition), textbook, and Writer’s Reference for the rules and details of the MLA style.