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English 1102 Notes: Weeks 3 and 4

by: Michelle H.

English 1102 Notes: Weeks 3 and 4 English 1102

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Sorry that this is a bit later than usual, I was very busy over Labour Day! These notes contain important information covered in class about essay writing as well as the critiques received abou...
English Composition II
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English Weeks 3 and 4 Notes    Important Things about This Essay  ● This novel is purposely written to be broad and has a lot of possible thesis, so be careful on  how broad your thesis is!  ● It is suggested to focus on a particular scene/group of scenes since it is so broad.    Thesis Construction  ● Focus + Arguable Assertion = Thesis  ○ By [Focus], Alfredo Véa suggests that [Arg. Assertion]...  ● College essays should not be formatted like a classic High School 5­paragraph essay  ○ Don’t use 3 separate points in thesis but 1 complex though/action    Possible Issues with Working Thesis  ● Too Narrow  ○ Do you have enough to write about to fill the required length of the paper?  ● Too Broad  ○ Can you fully explain your thesis in the length provided?  ○ Does it resemble a generality? Can it be proven?  ■ “Too easy”, too big to be arguable.    It is better to be more narrow than more broad.    Analyze Your Thesis  Ask yourself...  ● Does it have a focus?  ● Is it arguable?  ○ If your AA is somewhat short, it is likely too broad.  ● Is it truly arguable?        Group 1  Through the scene in which Ethel Rosenberg is saved by Simon​, Alfredo Véa is suggesting that  suffering is an integral part of the human experience.​     Analysis  ● F: What specifically about this scene (focus) connects it to the arguable assertion?  ○ This can be signaled by a word or two  ■ Through Véa’s concept of identity through the story of Ethel Rosenberg….  ● AA: “An integral part” allows it to be argued.  ○ The assertion that suffering is necessary makes it arguable.        Group 2  By showing us ​Simon’s inner conflic​t, Véa suggests that ​human nature is ultimately cruel​ yet  sometimes ​through empathy, we can fill the desire to write these wrongs.    Analysis  ● F: Focus needs to be narrowed  ○ Simon’s inner conflict is a reoccurring theme throughout the novel  ● AA: The most arguable portion is “…through empathy…."  ○ It is somewhat convoluted, the idea needs to be more complex/well explored  ○ What is Véa saying about empathy?      Group 3  Through the use of ​repetition, historical allusion, and dictation​, Véa suggests ​suffering is inevitable​.    Analysis  ● F: Too narrow  ○ Classic 5 paragraph essay, avoid the list format  ■ “Repetition, historical allusion, and dictation"  ○ Instead of three, revise to one complex thought/action  ■ “Depiction of violence throughout human history"  ● AA: Too broad  ○ Shorter AA’s are often very broad.  ○ The strange "Depiction of Boca Raton” as an utopian world, what does that say?  ○ Redemption can only be achieved through suffering.      Essay Critiques  Titles  ● Needs to allude to argument  ● Should not totally give away the argument, just hint at it/  ● Use author or text name   Tense  ● When writing about a text, use present text  ● Information about the author can be put into past tense  ● Past tense can be used when referring to things that have happened in the past within the  world of the text  ​ ○ For example, in​ peech Sounds, the sickness which removed language had already  occurred, so the past tense is used   Citations  ● Don’t include (pg. 12), should be cited as (12)  ● Should include a works cited page, even if the only work cited was the novel.  ● Quotes should not be their own sentences  ○ Butler writes, “…"  ● Concrete evidence vs. summary evidence.  Argument  ● Arguable assertion  ○ Most arguable assertions were too broad to be arguable.  ​ ○ Speech Sounds arguable assertions were not deep enough, as they all dealt with  communication​ in some way.  ○ Would anyone disagree with this?  ● Needs to be narrow enough that most people would not notice the argument on their first  read  ○ Very clearly needs to be arguable  ○ Argument about what the author is doing, not summarizing  ○ Topic sentence must have the author as a subject and must be an arguable  assertion    Body Paragraphs  ● Each paragraph needs to be related to the other paragraphs and the thesis  ● The paragraphs need to build on each other  ○ Easiest argument to hardest argument  ○ The first point needs to make the most sense  ○ Should culminate in a sense of “surprise” by making a point others may not expect.       


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