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The Purpose of Violence in Flannery O’Connor’s Short Fiction (“A Good Man Is Hard to Find” and “Greenleaf”)

1- Topic: The Purpose of Violence in Flannery O’Connor’s Short Fiction (“A Good Man Is Hard to Find” and “Greenleaf”)

2- Write 6 pages. Introduction, body (paragraphs taking about the topic), and a conclusion

3-Use MLA format for your essay, use in-text citations as needed.

4- Use quotations from the original stories to support each major assertion/perception so that the reader can understand how/why you came to a certain conclusion. At least one quotation per paragraph. Do not stack quotations without discussion.

5- Sources needed:

  • Two will be the primary sources (“A Good Man Is Hard to Find” and “Greenleaf”)
  • Six will be outside sources (reliable sources, no Wikipedia)

Total of sources:  8  (No more than 8 sources)


6- Paper should be written in your own words to avoid plagiarism. Paper will be summitted through Turnitin


For quotation: examples

For a short quotation (4 lines or less), you’ll need to incorporate the quotation into the text and to identify the author and page number.  If there’s no number on a handout page, assign one.

For example:


Either Jackson states,”                     ” (1).       OR    The author states, ”                  ” (Jackson 1).

-According to some, dreams express “profound aspects of personality” (Foulkes 184), though others disagree.

-According to Foulkes’s study, dreams may express “profound aspects of personality” (184).


For a quotation over four lines, indent five spaces. You’ll place the period or final piece of punctuation before your citation.

Start the quotation on a new line, with the entire quote indented ½ inch from the left margin while maintaining double-spacing. Your parenthetical citation should come after the closing punctuation mark. Do not use quotation marks for the passage; the indentation indicates that the passage is a quotation.


In “The Lottery,” author establishes a pleasant, festive, folksy mood.

The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green. The people of the village began to gather in the square, between the post office and the bank, around ten o’clock; in some towns there were so many people that the lottery too two days and had to be started on June 26th, but in this village, where there were only about three hundred people, the whole lottery took less than two hours, so it could begin at ten o”clock in the morning and still be through in time to allow the villagers to get home for noon dinner. (Jackson 1)



If you omit a word or words from a quotation, you should indicate the deleted word or words by using ellipses, which are three periods ( . . . ) preceded and followed by a space; use three periods with a space before each period and a space after the last period. For example:


“Early to bed . . . makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise” (Jackson 1).


-Use ellipses following a period to indicate an omission at the end of a sentence, type the ellipsis with three periods with space before each period and include the closing quotation marks immediately after the third period. Note that the period to end your sentence comes after the parenthetical citation. For example:


“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy . . .” (Jackson 1).


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