Friday, January 4, 2008

Original Thesis from Passage Explications (Option 1)

If you choose not to do the movie review, you can write a traditional paper, just like the one we just completed for Camus. Here are the guidelines:

For this Essay on your book, you need to combine two passage explications to create an original thesis. Your paper should be about 2 out of the three passages you completed journals on.

  • This should be 4-6 pages, typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman.
  • If you post on the blog, leave spaces between paragraphs for formatting.

Reminder to read the handout on passage explications and go through this process.

A passage explication is an essay that takes apart the pieces of a prose passage to demonstrate how it creates meaning – its main question can be reduced to the simple idea of “What does the passage mean? What is its purpose? How does it create that meaning and achieve its purpose? How does it fit in with the rest of the text (if available)?

Image from the work of Roy Lichtenstein

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