Module 2: Short Story Reflective Essay
Instructions: Choose one of the topics below and write a three page essay. Make
sure you address every point in the question and use textual evidence from the
literature to support your points. Before planning and drafting your essay, refer to
the reflective essay instructions and grading criteria on pages 5-7 of our
syllabus. Also remember you may not write this essay as a text-submission (i.e. you
may not type your response into this box). You must type your essay as a Word
document, use Save As, browse your computer (below), and attach the document for
For this essay you should first choose one of the characters from one of the six
short stories we have read and discussed together:
Sylvia The Lesson
Sammy A & P
the narrator Birdsong
Jig Hills Like White Elephants
Connie Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
the grandmother A Good Man is Hard to Find.
Then, after completing the planning steps, discuss the character you have
chosen in the context of one of the prompts below.
Choice 1: Reflect on three personality traits and how these traits effect the
outcome of the story.
Choice 2: Reflect on your characters motivations and desires in the story and how
they propel him or her into change and realization.
Choice 3: Reflect on your characters growth pattern in the story and how he or she
moves from lack of realization to the beginning of realization to full realization