Literary Analysis Essay
"What is your opinion about betrayal? What forms can it take? What is the effect of betrayal?
Every literary essay requires answering a question. In this context, it demands examining the themes and the conflict. From the stories, it is necessary to complete an outline: either a mindmap or a linear map.
Brainstorm and Mind Map
Mind Map Assignment
Using the theme work you have already done, create a mind map. A mind map is basically a diagram that connects information around a central subject. I like to think of it like a tree, although it has more of a radial structure. In any case, at the center is your main idea, say, poetry, and the branches are subtopics or related ideas, such as types of poetry, famous poets, and poetry publications. Greater levels of detail branch out from there and branches can be linked together. There are a lot of templates on the internet, however the graphic on this page works well for both a spatial and a linear mind map.
Submit/share your mind map for approval before writing.
Literary Essay Format
Short Stories Unit Assignment
Write a 5 paragraph essay using the following format: Click here. Use the questions above regarding betrayal.
Theme Betrayal for Flowering Judas Essay
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Judas Iscariot, the disciple, hanged himself from a tree after betraying Jesus Christ and giving him a kiss. The tree in which Judas hanged himself is known as “Judas Tree” mainly found in Southern Europe and Western Asia. In the short story “Flowering Judas” written by Katherine Anne Porter the title is related to this religious event of betrayal, murder, and denial. “‘Flowering Judas’ is possibly her most remarkable story of tension, sustained, threatened, and reestablished” (Gottfried 134). The two main characters in this short story are Braggioni and Laura. Braggoni is a cruel, powerful leader of Marxist revolutionaries in and around Mexico City. Laura a beautiful American women, age 22, who took up residence in Mexico. The most known…show more content…
Laura pictures Braggioni a “revolutionist would be lean, animated by heroic faith, a vessel of abstract virtues” (Porter 1692). Laura, pictures a revolutionist as a Christ figure. Laura betrays Braggioni in letting him believe that she loves his singing and leading him to consider that she is interested in him. By asking Braggioni “Have you a new song for me this evening?” (Porter 1692). But inside of her she feels ill of his singing. Laura wishes she could go out running into the streets “Leaving Braggioni singing to himself” (Porter 1693). Porter states, “She knows what Braggioni would offer her, and she must resist tenaciously without appearing to resist” (1692). Laura does not intend to tell Bragioni to vanish from her life. Laura fears that if she messes with Braggioni’s pride, knowing how powerful he can be, it can lead him into hurting her. Leon Gottfried states, “Ina general sense the revolutionist leader Braggioni is the symbol a of all that Laura hates and fears” (143). Porter states, “Braggioni is cruel to every one, for it is dangerous to offend him, and nobody has this courage” (1692). Not only is Laura betraying Braggioni but Braggioni’s wife as well. Laura is committing adultery by being leading false judgment on a married man, and she can cause a separation of somebody else’s marriage.
Additionally, a young man appears who sings to Laura outside her window, writes poems to her, and follows her around town to demonstrate his love for