Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Deconstructing Essay 2

Thesis statement: Katherine Mansfield and John Steinbeck both portray two different women's reactions to their individual situation, and to allow their distressed emotions to come forward.

Supporting points
1. By using metaphors and comparisons, the authors show the setting of the story while communicating the atmosphere.

2. Since the characters are not described thoroughly, the reader must use his or her imagination to make them more vivid.

3. The characters tend to break down when they realize that the way they perceive the world is not the same as the way the world perceives them.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Poe Paragraph

"And have I not told you that what you mistake for madness is but over-acuteness of the senses?" This sentence, written by Edgar Allan Poe in "The Tell-Tale heart", demonstrates him using the first person narrator. This choice of narration, although it could seem less professional, adds emotional impact to the short story.

Topic sentence: The first person narrator in "The Tell-Tale Heart" adds emotional impact to the story.

1-In the narrator's head, so the reader knows and shares his emotions
2-The narrator interpells the reader by talking to him directly (ex: you)
3-Foreshadowing adds suspense (ex: if the narration was third person, we would not see the emotion rising in the narrator's head when the policemen are in the house)