STORY ANALYSIS PAPER -- GUIDELINES & SAMPLE
Select a Story as Soon as Possible: During the selection process of your story you will want to refer to the text that I have put on reserve for you at the library. Go to the Circulation desk and ask for The text: Breneman, L., & Breneman, B., (1983) Once upon a time: A story telling handbook. Chicago: Nelson-Hall Publishers on Reserve for Ron St. John Speech 251. You will also want to refer to the Storytelling Page for 1000s of stories on the Public Speakers’ Web site:
Once you have selected your story you will want to analyze your story. The following sample is from Once Upon a Time regarding your analysis paper that you will submit to me on the scheduled due date. The analysis paper is to be typed. After you have analyzed your story and decided what you want to do with it, it is time to set your plan down on paper, a plan that is an outline of the essentials, not all the detail and description – an outline of the story.
Title Author Source (if known)
most effective for you and your audience. This will become your story. You are the teller. You can adapt your story to a modern setting, a Hawaiian setting, or any setting that
One-sentence character description of major characters
will enhance the story and bring it to life.
Statement of theme (sentence form) Outline of story introduction initial incident plot development other incidents ______________________ climax conclusion
If you do adapt your story be comprehensive and thorough in your adaption. I will offer Extra credit for any analysis paper turned in before the Scheduled due date -1point per day up to 7 points and an extra 3points if it is a week early.
The outline, which we call the “Story Analysis Paper,” should include:
You will want to adapt your story to make it
A Condensed Sample Analysis follows:
“The Peddler and His Caps” (old folktale)
by Ruth Tooze
A run-of-the-mill little man, neither old nor young, experienced in selling, not especially ambitious but concerned over his own property and rights. Nobody makes a monkey out of him.
Fun-loving, clever, imitative, full of “monkey shine.”
Monkeys will be monkeys! Or, Monkeys see, monkeys do!
Once upon a time there was a peddler who sold caps. He carried the caps on his head – first his old brown cap, then yellow...blue...green...and RED.
One day he couldn’t sell a single cap.
He walked to the edge of the village and settled himself under a tree for a nap. Before sleep he checked his caps... yellow... He went to sleep and slept for a long time. When he awoke his first thought was of his caps... They were gone! He looked in front ...left...right...around the tree...no caps. Finally he looked up in a tree, saw monkeys, and every monkey had on one of his caps. “You crazy monkeys you,” shaking his finger. “Give me back my caps.” But the monkeys only shook their fingers. “Tsk, tsk, tsk!” “You monkeys.” This time he shook his fist. “Tsk, tsk, tsk!” (Mocking) “You monkeys.” He stamped his foot. “Tsk...” “You monkeys.” He stamped both feet. By now he was very angry— “You Monkeys” ---- and he tore his old brown cap from his head and threw it to the ground.
Every monkey tore the cap from it’s head and threw it to the ground.
The peddler picked up his caps...brown...yellow...blue...green...and the tip top...red. Back to village. “Caps for sale!”