4 double-spaced pages is the minimum requirement: you may, and are encouraged to, write longer essays if you wish to expand on some readings, their themes, characters, stylistic choices, etc.
You may want to follow the “Readings: Analysis Guideline” below.
In your analysis of poems/short stories/novel excerpts/essays, address the following questions (questions 3 and 5 may not apply when dealing with an essay):
What point/s is the author trying to make? What message is s/he trying to convey?
What are the main ideas/themes/conflicts in this piece?
Who are the characters in the story? Describe them. Do any of the characters change during the course of the story?
What is the author’s ‘tone’ toward the subject/person/idea s/he writes about?
From whose ‘point of view’ is the story told?
Write why/in what way are the pieces you have read relevant to the Italian American experience: do they relate to/address/reflect key aspects/issues/values/customs/stereotypes/events discussed in this course?