Station Eleven


Station Eleven is a novel that uses many literary elements to make its powerful points. Choose
one literary element and make an argument about how it’s used in the novel. You may not
simply present the places where that element is used—that’s just the WHAT, the Evidence.
Instead, you must also prove your thesis/claim about that element.
The following questions might help you brainstorm topics/theses:
• What argument could you prove about the structure of the novel?
o What is the structure of the novel? Think timeline, character connections, etc.
o Why does Mandel choose this structure?
o What effect does this structure have? On the story? On the reader?
• What argument could you prove about the theme(s) in the novel.
o What are the themes? survival? community? art? memory? hope? And so on…
o How does Mandel present this theme?
o Why does Mandel use this theme?
o Why does the reader care about this theme?
• What argument could you prove about the story elements in the novel.
o What elements does Mandel use? Figurative language, tone, setting, etc.
o How does Mandel use these elements?
o Why does she use these elements?
o What do these elements do for the reader?
• What argument could you prove about the characters in the novel.
o How has Mandel presented these characters and their histories and their
o Why does Mandel present the characters/relationships in this way?
o Why are these characters and what they represent important for the reader?
o 4-5 pages (this means at least all the way to the bottom of page 4)
o Plus, a separate WC page that lists the novel and any other sources you cite.
o However, don’t use analysis from outside sources in this paper.
o You will also need to present the ethos for any outside sources you cite.
o Standard MLA 8th edition formatting and citations
General due dates
Week 7/ Brainstorming
Week 8/ Outlines
Week 9/ First drafts
Week 10/ Peer Review; Final Drafts + Tutor Visit Proof due Saturday, March 27
Final Draft Grades/Points
A = 135-150
B = 120-134
C = 105-119
D = 90-104
F = 0-89

  • 5 Bonus points for working with a RAW tutor.
    Importance of the “deep dive”
    Remember to include in your paper the “so what?” or “deep dive” or “why is this relevant?” for
    your readers. Make sure you don’t just scratch the surface of your topic.
    Remember that showing how your info is relevant to your reader will not only add purpose to
    your paper, give your main points (MPs) a clearer focus, and enable you to flesh out your paper
    to the full length required, but it’s also necessary to keep your reader engaged. Your
    information is only important to the reader if they can engage with it in some way.

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