character analysis

For this paper, please choose ONE character from one of the following stories & write a character analysis paper.

“Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway
“How to Talk to Girls at Parties” by Neil Gaiman
“Everyday Use” by Alice Walker
“The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien
“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates
“This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona” by Sherman Alexie
The page numbers for these stories can be found in the Reading Assignments Module — they are all in your textbook & some of these stories we have already read this semester, although some are new. The choice is yours.

Once you have chosen a character, think of three character traits (ie: bravery, compassion, honesty, humor, etc.) that you believe your character possesses.

Your first paragraph should introduce your character. Make sure to include the story title & author’s name in this introduction. End your introduction with a clear thesis statement. Your thesis statement should include the character’s name & the three character traits you have identified.

You should then include three body paragraphs, each one elaborating on one of the three traits you have chosen to discuss. Each paragraph should include one quotation from the story to illustrate your point. Remember to include the author’s name & page number in parenthesis at the end of each quotation.

Your conclusion should summarize your main points. You should also restate your thesis statement using different wording. Include some final thoughts about your character to conclude your essay.


1000 words, minimum
Introduction, 3 body paragraphs, conclusion.
Quotes from the text should be no longer than 3 lines.
MLA Format
Times New Roman, size 12
heading & header
See MLA Example in Paper #2 Module
A Works Cited page is required.
Write in third-person only — Don’t use “you” or “I”
When writing about literature, always write in present tense.

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