Using a Concept from the Non-Fiction Essay or Fiction Short Story

Use a concept or situation from one of the non-fiction essays or fiction short stories to analyze an outside work of narrative art that interests you.

It could be a movie, TV show, short story, novel, podcast, etc. Whatever you want to write about. The idea is to use the critical “lens” to examine your subject. Attempt to engage/converse with said author and their theory in a way that provides deeper insight into the subject matter of your choice. The simplest way to write this kind of essay is to pick a single quote or concept from the ”lens,”- such as Freud’s ideas about the uncanny or the situation of the haunted house in ”The House Made of Sugar” – and use that as a way of considering a story about robots/twins/doubles, or another haunted house story.