Need Short Story to Write About
January 28, 2012 10:12 AM Subscribe
Need recommendations for a good literary short story (or two) on which to write a 1200-1500ish word paper.
posted by Gymnopedist to Writing & Language (24 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have to write this for my Introduction to Literature class. The assignment is flexible; we can choose any (literary) short story and examine it any way we want. We can also take two or three stories by the same or different authors and compare them any way we'd like to. I'm just having trouble choosing a story because I have so many choices, and he gave the constraint that we can't use anything we've discussed in class. (with possible exceptions for if we have something particularly interesting to write about that we never talked about) This is especially bad for me because I'm also in his AP literature class (I'm dual enrolled) and took Composition I and II with him last year so the list of things I've discussed in a class with him is somewhat long, though not suffocating. I'd really appreciate some suggestions for authors or specific stories you've enjoyed mulling over to help guide me. Thanks!
Here's some short stories we've discussed that I liked in particular:
A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner (I'd write about this if we hadn't talked about it already because of how ridiculously complex it was)
Hunters in the Snow by Tobias Wolff
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
Welding With Children by Tim Gautreaux
Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway
I also wrote papers for Brave New World and Slaughterhouse-Five (for AP literature we do one on a novel of our choice each quarter) this year and loved both books.
I'm fascinated by stories about war in particular because my dad was in Vietnam and it affected him a lot mentally.
Bonus points for an interesting novel to write about for my third paper that'll also help me on the AP exam. I'm looking at Catch-22 and The Turn of the Screw.