ENG 203 Essay 2

In unit two, we have been looking at Religion, Legends, and History of Native Americans. The texts we have read are:
Native American Narratives
Standing Bear’s “Nature”
Zitkala-Sa’s Indian Stories
Leslie Marmon Silko’s “Landscape, History, and the Pueblo Imagination”

Choose one text (if you choose to write about the narratives, choose one of them) and examine what that text tells us about Native American Religion, Legends, or History. How does that text use an element or elements of fiction to create meaning?

Possible elements of fiction are listed below.

Elements of Fiction

  • Point of View
  • Personification
  • Setting
  • Imagery
  • Characterization
  • Allusion
  • Symbolism
  • Figurative Language
  • Metaphor/simile
  • Form/organization

Your essay should be 1,000-1,250 words, and in MLA format. Include a works cited page.

Your thesis should look something like: In “Title,” Author uses animal imagery and symbolism to show the negative effect stereotypes have on Native Americans even in the twentieth century. Note that this thesis has the text, the element(s)of literature used and the meaning created. You do not have to rename the author and text, if you have already identified it in the introduction, but it should be clear from the context.

The essay will be graded on:

  1. Strength and clarity of your thesis
  2. Appropriateness of your support
  3. Development of your thesis
  4. Structure and organization of your essay
  5. Clarity of your language
  6. Adherence to the directions
  7. MLA format




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