A Literary Review of Exit, Pursued by a Bear

The topic for this assignment is about Abortion, Rape, and Incest.

The question surrounding this topic: Should Abortion be allowed to rape victims?

This paper should include: Outline – Introduction – Complete Thesis – Major Points – Conclusion

The literary work I chose for this essay: Exit, Pursued by a Bear, by E.K. Johnston

Don’t just identify the theme of the work (the theme answers the question of what the literature is saying), but answer the question “how does it say it?” More importantly, answer the question of how it approaches your topic. Does it make your topic deeply emotional and personal? Does it make your topic into a political statement?

Be sure to support your claim by referring to the work itself. Use direct quotations from the work. Remember, an analysis of a literary work must use the text itself as evidence; it does not just report on what is written. It seeks not to just summarize the story, but measure quality, seek purpose and find meaning by use of evidence from within the work itself.

You must also do some literary research for this essay. I would like to see at least three sources other than the work itself integrated into your writing. While the core of this is your analysis, you need to cite other experts in the field in order to support and defend your position. And so, you will have an MLA Works Cited page with at least four entries – the work itself, and three other sources.

State your claim about the work in a clear thesis sentence in your introduction and then defend it. Research creatively. Find out what others have said about your topic and your thesis. Use those who support your position as evidence to help your claim and use those who disagree with you as sources of counterargument. Write recursively, in multiple drafts, and with ample peer-reviewing. Your challenge here is one of creativity in developing your thesis, judgment and information literacy in developing and evaluating your sources, and mechanics in the composition, citation, and documentation.

• include at least three quotations in the text of the essay, properly composed and documented drawing evidence from the literary text itself. • contain unified, coherent, well-developed paragraphs with strong topic sentences, with clear and logical transitions between the paragraphs.