Discuss how your understanding of one of the concepts of the shadow, projection or scapegoating from the article “Introduction: The Shadow Side of Everyday Life” by Connie Zweig & Jeremiah Abrams helps you better understand both the behavior and slightly obscure inner life of Mr. Sheppard, the character in the story “The Lame Shall Enter First” by Flannery O’Connor.

Opening: Pick ONE concept (shadow, projection or scapegoating) explain what does it involves, and why this is an important thing to know about. Quote from the article.

2nd paragraph: Identify the author and title, then provide a very short plot summary. Next, name the character (Mr. Sheppard) and explain why you find him interesting. End with a thesis statement that contains the psychological term (shadow, projection or scapegoating) and how it connects to the character.

Body: Must mention the relevant psychological term in most if not all body paragraphs. Every paragraph must have at least one quote from the story with thorough commentary afterwards. At least one paragraph must refer to the ending of the story.

Conclusion: Rather than simply summarizing what you have said, discuss what you found most powerful or moving about the story as a whole.


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