The purpose of this assignment is to learn how to read a text closely. Any serious writing begins with close reading. Before you begin on the critical analysis essay, you should read “How to Do a Close Reading” located in Files. If you didn`t finish reading Beowulf in Module One, you should complete the reading before doing this assignment.
In 25-50 words, explain “fatal trail” reference in the below passage
Write a 500-word essay that analyzes how this “fatal trail” symbol illuminates your reading of the epic of Beowulf. Start by framing a thesis statement (claim) that reflects the referenced symbol and serves as an organizing principle for the analysis. Highlight your thesis and begin every paragraph with a topic sentence. In your analysis, you should feel free to identify themes, incidents, or even other symbols in the text that align with the “fatal trail” symbolism. The goal of your analysis is to enrich your reader`s (and your own) understanding of the epic of Beowulf.
No secondary sources (e.g., Lit Charts) are allowed for this analysis; you should rely solely on the assigned text, Beowulf. Any material traced to a secondary source would be considered plagiarism and may lead to a grade of zero on the assignment.
Passage (from Beowulf)
“ His parting from life
hardly seemed sad to any man
who examined the trail of that inglorious one,
how he went on his weary way,
defeated by force, to a pool of sea monsters,
doomed, put to flight, and left a fatal trail.
The water was welling with blood there–
the terrible swirling waves, all mingled together
with hot gore, heaved with the blood of battle,
concealed that doomed one when deprived of joys,
he laid down his life in his lair in the fen,
his heathen soul–and Hell took him” (Beowulf, lines 841-852).
Your critical analysis should:
Provide a suitable and inviting title.
Follow with a thesis statement (highlight the thesis).
Perform insightful syntheses, unveiling the connotative value of the chosen symbol.
Construct body paragraphs that enhance the thesis (begin each paragraph with a topic sentence).
Draw and analyze specific examples from the text to validate selected symbol (include and highlight one quote–each quote should not be longer than a sentence).
Follow each quote with a synthesis.
Use attributive phrases to introduce quoted lines (provide line number in parenthesis)
Use concise and grammatically correct sentences.
Adhere to MLA protocol.