Five elements of fiction in Heart of a dog

Prompt:

Write a seven-paragraph essay in which you analyze five elements of literature found throughout Heart of a Dog by Michael Bulgakov, while at the same time addressing the following question: how does Mikhael Bulgakov combine the chosen elements of fiction and to what effect? In other words, what kind of novel – with what salient qualities– does Bulgakov end up writing? The answer to this last question will constitute your thesis.

Essay Map

1st paragraph: Hook. Intro to Bulgakov and the novel. Thesis. Roadmap stating what elements of fiction your essay will analyze and in what order.

2nd paragraph: Element of fiction one. Description. Possible quote, summary, or paraphrase. Analyses.

3rd paragraph: Element of fiction two. Description. Possible quote, summary, or paraphrase. Analyses.

4rth paragraph: Element of fiction three. Description. Possible quote, summary, or paraphrase. Analyses.

5th paragraph: Element of fiction four. Description. Possible quote, summary, or paraphrase. Analyses.

6th paragraph: Element of fiction five. Description. Possible quote, summary, or paraphrase. Analyses.

7th paragraph: Conclusion. Summary of your main ideas (not the novel). Relate it back to your thesis.

Note: the most important aspect of this essay is grammar. Check your grammar and spelling three or four times. Faulty grammar will not allow you to earn higher than a C, no matter how strong the structure may be. Start with capitalization, then check for verb tense, and subject verb agreement. Don’t forget about punctuation and spelling either.

A paragraph is a block of five to seven complete sentences. Sentences may be complex or simple.

Follow MLA format. Submit as WORD or PDF only.

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