Analytical essay on Bernard Malamud’s “The Magic Barrel” and Frank O’Connor’s “First Confession”
DescriptionDevelop an analytical/interpretive essay and explain and illustrate the function(s) of religious images and ideas in the two readings listed below. Be specific, and support your observations with quoted examples from the primary sources. This is to be your analysis, your interpretation supported with reference to and quotations from the readings. You may wish to focus on theme(s), conflict(s), characterization(s), narrative elements such as point of view or setting or tone or language (imagery, for example), or some complementary combination. As always, you will want to arrive at a workable thesis to unify your analysis and develop that thesis coherently with specific “proof” quoted from the primary source.
The readings you will use for this essay are:
1. Bernard Malamud’s “The Magic Barrel”
2. Frank O’Connor’s “First Confession”