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Refer to Writing Reminders 1. Refer to “Writing Reminders. ” ◦ Memorize #’s 1 -12!!! 2. Do not write about Foster. Show that you understand Foster by what you write. Wrong: Foster’s idea that “irony trumps everything” is depicted throughout “The Monkey’s Paw. ” 3. Show, do not tell!
The Thesis: Tell what you will prove. BE SPECIFIC. ◦ It is not sufficient to say that a writer uses setting in many ways. ◦ It is not sufficient to say that a writer uses setting to hint at events to come. (Although, one might be able to get away with this one!) A thesis must clearly address the prompt and tell what the paragraph or essay will prove. ◦ If not already indicated, thesis must indicate the title of the literature (in some cases the specific section of the literature), the author, and, in the case of style analysis, the elements, and the purpose.
In “The Masque of the Red Death, ” Edgar Allan Poe uses the act of communion to strengthen the story’s plot. This thesis will most likely lead to a discussion of irony. THINK FIRST. THEN WRITE. ◦ Communion ◦ Gathering; celebration; unity; family What does this have to do with Poe’s work? ◦ The masquerade is a façade.
Promising Starts… William Melvin Kelley’s “A Visit to Grandmother uses theme of communion to highlight Charles’s conflict with his mother. In the short story “The Monkey’s Paw, ” W. W. Jacobs uses geography to show the parents’ grief for the loss of their son, Herbert.
In “A Visit to Grandmother” written by William Melvin Kelley, the idea of heading south geographically relates to thinking of something unpleasantly, especially when the father, Charles, heads south to visit his mom. Title, author, element? ? ? , purpose? ? ? Major problem words: ◦ In the story, “the idea of heading south. . . relates to thinking of something unpleasantly. . . ” What is stated, albeit poorly? ◦ Charles heads south to visit his mom. ◦ Charles is a father. ◦ The trip is unpleasant or Charles views the trip as unpleasant. Is there a thesis in these ideas? If so, what?
He describes the first chamber as “blue – vividly blue were its windows. ” This description emphasizes a sense of early springtime, and the beginning of life. The third chamber is described to be “green throughout. ” The color green in this chamber implies a later springtime, a time of growth and development in one’s life. ” ◦ Standard meaning of colors might apply, but analysis is still needed. ◦ How does Poe use each color in the story? ◦ If the standard symbolism fits Poe’s story, what is the purpose and how is it revealed? ◦ Just saying blue is the beginning of life and green is growth does not analyze anything. ◦ Make connections!
Evidence is needed. ◦ Each example must logically link to thesis. Show the evidence proves thesis. ◦ Through. . ◦ By. . ◦ With this. . . ◦ The contrast. . . (if applicable) Make connections.
At the table where they are eating, Chig and his father sit on one side of the dinner table while the grandmother sits at an end. The seating arrangement can be seen as an act of communion between the whole family. ◦ Between – w. w. (wrong word) ◦ Between – two people, things, ideas, etc. ◦ Among might work. ◦ Regardless. . . ◦ How is the seating arrangement an act of communion? ◦ You must prove what you claim. ◦ Make connections.
In the short story, “The Monkey’s Paw, ” by W. W. Jacobs, the use of the setting and geography sets the reader in a mysterious mood that helps them further understand the plot of the story. What problem areas do you see?
In the short story, “The Monkey’s Paw, ” by W. W. Jacobs, the use of the setting and geography sets the reader in a mysterious mood that helps them further understand the plot of the story. In the short story, “The Monkey’s Paw, ” author W. W. Jacobs creates a mysterious mood through setting. . . (I have no idea what the writer wants to do from here. ) Is it possible to prove just this point? Yes, but something will be missing. What does Jacobs accomplish through the mysterious mood? What connections can be made between the mysterious mood and the story itself or the characters?