The thesis asserts a clear and coherent interpretation of the selected theme or topic, explaining the theme/topic’s function within either the work or the work’s genre.

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I chose author Wilfred Owen because of the poem Dulce et Decorum Est. I am an Army Veteran Medic who was drawn to this but I don’t know much else about the author. Maybe his works all tie in together somehow or he has a common theme in each of them. Thank you for your effort in advance!
Requirements
Write an essay (2,000 words) that defends a thesis you developed through researching an author of any literary work in the syllabus and supported by resources (see Annotated Bibliography requirements). This essay still relies on textual support from the primary text, but includes at least two (2) secondary sources that support/sustain the thesis. You may take any of the following research approaches:
write about the author (biography, writing, etc.)
write about the author’s writing style, techniques used, commonly used elements (themes, characters, etc.)
write about possibly external influences on the author’s works (historical, political, societal, etc.)
Rubric
10% Introduction
The student establishes the importance of the literary theme or topic being analyzed in his/her opening paragraph. The essay uses an anecdote or some research to demonstrate why the chosen subject is significant to the primary text being analyzed. The introduction insists on the need to redefine the issue.
15% Thesis
The thesis asserts a clear and coherent interpretation of the selected theme or topic, explaining the theme/topic’s function within either the work or the work’s genre.
15% Organization and Development
On a paragraph by paragraph basis, the essay uses transition devices and topic sentences to remind readers of the basic thesis being argued. Each paragraph demonstrates a proficiency with literary analysis by explicating cited passages. Secondary sources (research) are cited to support the student’s thesis, or as a contrast to it. Each paragraph is well-developed.
15% Research
The essay employs a combination of secondary sources from the Troy University library catalogue and online databases to demonstrate knowledge of existing criticism on the chosen theme or topic in the work selected. (The ratio of books to periodicals is up to the individual instructor).
15% MLA Formatting, including in-text parenthetical citation and Works Cited
The essay demonstrates proficiency with the use of parentheses to designate the page of a cited quote from either the primary or secondary source, recognizing that MLA does not make use of “p.” or “pg.” The student demonstrates knowledge of when to include the author’s last name within the parentheses (Bishop 106) and when not to (106). The Works Cited page demonstrates a commitment to the proper MLA formatting procedures outlined in our Hacker book. Among these procedures: listing authors in alphabetical order by last name; authors’ last names listed first, followed by first name; proper citation of title using italics for full-length books and quotation marks for article, short story, and poems; use of place, publisher, and date of publication for books and journal title, volume and issue, date of publication, and page numbers for articles; use of punctuation including periods, commas, and semi-colons; and proper acknowledgment of medium of publication, including use of “Print” for physical books (“hard copy”) and articles consulted and URL and date access documentation for sources read online (Web. Date).
10% Conclusion
The student has incorporated a clear conclusion that goes beyond simply summarizing the topic to include the potential implications of their analysis.
10% Punctuation/Grammar
The student has followed punctuation and grammar rules throughout the paper. The student has also paid attention to accuracy in spelling and the overall formatting of the paper.
10% Improvement
The essay shows signs of concerted effort on student’s part to correct grammar errors from previous assignments and to demonstrate improvemebcint over the course of the semester.

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