9. Multicultural identity. We all frequently have to check a box identifying our ethnicity. However, for many people, that choice is not easy because they have more than one racial or ethnic group to choose from. Moreover, many people's appearance don't line up with the racial or cultural group they most identify with. Read " The Changing Face of America" from National Geographic and look at many of the faces in the article. Analyze how Americans identify themselves and others by appearances. Why is having a single racial identity so important to Americans?
This thesis works to preview both my perception of the theme of the short story, and it also previews the structure of my essay in that my main body paragraphs will center around the components of: setting, dialogue, and tone. Once I've found the textual support necessary to argue my point about these components, I can begin fleshing out the paper. An analytical essay will almost always use heavy textual support to substantiate a point, but it is often up to an instructor's discretion about whether outside sources beyond the subject of analysis itself are encouraged.