For this assignment, you will write a 350-500 word, analytical essay on the beginnings of the American short story. In a well-developed, organized, and thesis-driven essay, please respond to the following question:
In what specific way(s) (think form, theme, technique) do Franklin’s “The Speech of Miss Polly Baker” and Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle” help to define the beginnings of the American short story?
Practicing MLA format (Franklin 321) or (Irving 432), you will need to use only the two short stories to support your thesis and rationale. You may think it beneficial to include the anthology’s/story’s introduction(s) if you wish, but this is not a requirement (be sure to correctly cite those as well). Please include an introduction (complete with a hook and thesis), PEAT (point, evidence, analysis, transition) paragraph organization, directly cited evidence to support your essay’s development, and a conclusion that does not simply restate your thesis and paper but instead focuses on where you believe the genre to be going.