A particularly distressing weakness in the past, but hopefully not the future, has been the absence of serious discussion of imagery and literary language. Some students have merely stated that the author uses imagery, illustrated this with an example, and then moved on to the next point on the list. If you discuss images, metaphors and other literary devices, then say how and why they are being used in the piece of fiction, and maybe if you think the imagery works or not.
If you do not say how and why an image is being used then don't mention it. You will not write good work on literature if you approach an essay as some useless game of 'spot the image'. These quotations can obviously add much to the texture and quality of your work, but they are often handled very badly by students. Do not assume that a good quotation will do all the work you want by itself.
Poor essays are often merely a patchwork of quotations stitched together by the briefest of comments, and it is a mistake to leave quotations hanging in mid-air, as it were, without comment or explanation.
Quotations need to be framed. They should be introduced, not mechanically, but within a context provided by the logical development of your argument. See Example 1 at the end of this guide. This is often likely to be the case as there is really little point in including 'bland' quotations in your essay. You may want to gloss, explain, qualify or modify the quoted words, or you may have included quotations whose assumptions or arguments you strongly disagree with.
The latter case can be useful, if handled well. Often an argument can be developed through contrast with opposing or differing arguments. This tactic in essay construction also displays independent thinking in that it demonstrates that you have not unthinkingly accepted and believed everything you have read. One final point on quotations: do not plagiarise. Using other people's work without saying so is a serious crime. Tutors have read widely on the subjects you will be writing on and are very likely to recognise when you are plagiarising.
If you use other people's ideas and words they have to be acknowledged through proper footnoting and referencing. See Example 2 at the end of this guide. Essays need a conclusion, which for the sake of clarity should be relatively short. It is generally best not to include new ideas or new material in your concluding comments, particularly since many people think that a conclusion should be a synthesis of the prior arguments.
You may, however, point to alternative conclusions or arguments, or briefly suggest areas of interest that have not been dealt with directly by the essay. People often get the wrong idea about conclusions and believe that this is the place to state firm convictions, and that a conclusion has to make a stand and come down on the side of one argument or another. This can be the case but it is not necessarily so. If an essay title comes in the form of a question, for example 'Is James Joyce seeking to distance himself from traditional forms of Irish culture?
It is as much a sign of intelligence to state that you cannot decide as it is to sift through the evidence and decide one way or the other. Think about why you cannot decide. Perhaps the evidence is conflicting. Perhaps the literary text and its use of imagery is ambiguous, or even contradictory; as is often the case. If you cannot decide, then say so, outlining why you cannot decide.
Alternatively, you may partly agree or partly disagree with the statements or questions raised by the title, or by questions raised directly in responding to the title. If so, say so. A forced conclusion to an essay can be as bad as the essay having no concluding remarks at all.
In connection to the last point it should be emphasised that any essay should be about your ideas and your interpretation of the literature being studied. Of course your ideas may, and indeed should, develop through discussions with friends, fellow students, tutors and through the consultation of books and articles, but it is your ideas which should form the basis of the essay.
Whilst you will use material that is not your own, it is the way that you use, add to, adapt and modify this material that makes the argument your own and original. Your own voice should be heard. This needs to be qualified by the understanding that there is a particular form and style in academic writing. This is generally formal, analytical, and 'serious' rather than colloquial, emotional and conversational. Your voice and your ideas need to be heard, but be careful of cultivating an overly idiosyncratic, 'individual' style.
Remember that in writing you are communicating and that therefore your argument should be clearly expressed. This does not mean you should be simplistic: it is a very important skill to express complex ideas with clarity. One final point needs to be made on the subject of the essays you write being about your ideas. Some of you may find this an extraordinary statement but it is a bad idea to tailor and construct your essay around what you believe your tutor or the head of the course thinks about the text, and what you think she or he wants to hear.
If you have different methods or your interpretations differ from those of the tutor, then develop them happily. Remember that essay writing is all about presenting an argument and using evidence from the text and elsewhere to back up your statements, and if you do this well you will be given credit for it whether or not the tutor agrees with the overall argument.
It is not particularly interesting for tutors to read in essays only what they have said in class, particularly if this is reproduced in a flat, unconvincing, and unconvinced manner.
Of course you may agree and be persuaded by arguments and interpretations outlined in class but if you do not believe the arguments you reproduce in the essay it will be obvious and the tutor will wonder why you bothered to include them.
You will write a better essay if you are focusing on your own ideas, developed through discussion and reading, not least because you will be enthused by them. Eventually your ideas will be thought through, outlines planned and re-planned, main points developed, written down on paper, then rewritten, and finally given to your tutor. Nevertheless your work on the essay has not yet finished.
Once the essay has been graded and returned it is very important that you do not merely look at the grade you have received before putting it at the bottom of your files.
Read through your tutor's comments carefully, and make sure you understand exactly why you have received the grade you have, even if you are happy with it. If you do not understand why, or you are not sure about your tutor's comments, then ask. If it is not possible to ask during class or you would prefer to talk privately go to your tutor during office hours, or make an appointment if these clash with other classes.
Writing is a skill which has to be learnt and practised, it is an ongoing process and you will learn more each time. Follow up work once the essay has been returned is an important part of this process.
One of the best ways to understand each type is to review a batch of essay examples. Narrative Essays Narration means you're telling a story from a certain viewpoint, and there is usually a reason for the telling. All narrative essays have characters, setting, a climax, and most importantly, a plot. The plot is the focus of the story and is usually revealed chronologically, but there are sometimes flash-forwards and flashbacks.
If you're looking to write a personal narrative essay, here are some tips to get you started. When writing a narrative essay, remember to: Include sensory and emotional details, so the reader will experience the story, not just read about it. Allow the story to support the point you're making, and make reference to that point in the first sentence. Write in the first or third person. Examples of Narrative Essays Ready for a little storytelling? Here are four excerpts to light your creative fire.
I had gone to the pound just a week earlier with the idea that I would just "look" at a puppy. Of course, you can no more just look at those squiggling little faces so filled with hope and joy than you can stop the sun from setting in the evening.
I knew within minutes of walking in the door that I would get a puppy… but it wasn't until I saw him that I knew I had found my puppy.
Unfortunately, none of the ones that we saw seemed to match the specifications that we had established. They were too small, too impersonal, too close to the neighbors. After days of finding nothing even close, we began to wonder: was there really a perfect house out there for us? Aided by the gloom, Fisher was slicing through the Sox rookies, and Williams did not come to bat in the seventh.
He was second up in the eighth. This was almost certainly his last time to come to the plate in Fenway Park, and instead of merely cheering, as we had at his three previous appearances, we stood, all of us, and applauded.
What's being described will be thoroughly examined. For example, if you were describing roses, you might want to detail: Their origin Their color Their fragrance When you write a descriptive essay, you want to involve the reader's senses and emotions. For example, you could say, "I got sleepy. Examples of Descriptive Essays Ready to dive into the details? Here are three excerpts rife with detail. He often came to survey the fields and the clouds before his hunt, to listen to the steady sound of the stream passing through reeds under the bridge, while combing his feathers for the unwanteds - whatever they might be.
Watch how descriptive things get. The first room, through the door, is the main part of the restaurant. There is another, rarely used, dining room off to the right. It was added during the oil well boom of the seventies. Through the main dining room is yet another room; it guards the door leading into the kitchen. This room contains the most coveted table in the place. The highest tribute Lou can bestow on anyone is to allow them access to seats at this table.
Travel shakes things up It sucks to be stuck in a rut. A big trip can be your perfect solution. Traveling proves that dreams do come true You imagined it, daydreamed about it, envisioned it.
Guess what? It can be done. What are you waiting for? Even when events seem trivial, nostalgia and distance create an irresistible spin that makes mundane things like getting your laundry done in Zanzibar, entertaining. Travel is literally food for thought.
This dismissal of possible retribution distorts the girls' judgement of Miss Brodie's actions.
The focus here is primarily on writing essays concerning literature. But, on seeing us he was so surprised and delighted when he received the gift.
Because it beats the alternative staying home. Current standards emphasize a toned, slender look, one that exudes fitness, youth, and health. Essay writing is something that may never leave your life.
Some of you may find this an extraordinary statement but it is a bad idea to tailor and construct your essay around what you believe your tutor or the head of the course thinks about the text, and what you think she or he wants to hear. Traveling for the hell of it Why travel? This is a model used by many British universities and publishers.
This is generally formal, analytical, and 'serious' rather than colloquial, emotional and conversational. Once the essay has been graded and returned it is very important that you do not merely look at the grade you have received before putting it at the bottom of your files. Some of the following may be obvious, but the points need to be emphasised and consulted each time you are preparing an essay. Was it a religious studies class freshman year, where you watched a video about monks in Sri Lanka? This was almost certainly his last time to come to the plate in Fenway Park, and instead of merely cheering, as we had at his three previous appearances, we stood, all of us, and applauded. You may have many great ideas and be a very intuitive and fine reader of literature, but no-one will ever know if you cannot express your ideas properly and your communicative skills are not developed.
Your own voice should be heard.
Ancient Chinese aristocrats bound their feet as a show of femininity; American and European women in the s cinched in their waists so tightly, some suffered internal damage; in some African cultures, women continue to wear plates in their lower lips, continually stretching the skin to receive plates of larger size.
Follow up work once the essay has been returned is an important part of this process. There may be many points you find generally interesting, but ask yourself if they are relevant to the essay in question. If you use other people's ideas and words they have to be acknowledged through proper footnoting and referencing. Consult the handbooks to be found in the libraries for further details.
Travel is literally food for thought. The paragraph is a coherent passage of logically connected sentences usually concentrating on no more than one or two ideas relevant to your argument. An essay should not be merely a list. Use the university resources.
Once the points have been chosen they should be presented logically and coherently, so do not leap about from point to point. After each draft of the essay check that each point is presented in a logical and coherent order. Note that even when the writing by the author of the paper is combined with quotations from the novel and secondary sources the sentences are still grammatically correct and coherent. Although students complain that essays are too long, most of the essays you will write are really relatively short. One final point on quotations: do not plagiarise. This dismissal of possible retribution distorts the girls' judgement of Miss Brodie's actions.
The North American ideal of beauty has continually focused on women's bodies: the tiny waist of the Victorian period, the boyish figure in vogue during the flapper era, and the voluptuous curves that were the measure of beauty between the s and s. I had gone to the pound just a week earlier with the idea that I would just "look" at a puppy. You will probably find that you need to work out your ideas on paper before writing the essay, and are encouraged to prepare an outline of the essay: a point by point series of key words, phrases and ideas.
I always work hard and put my best into everything. I have been taking dance classes of all genres since I was 3. Being born and raised in Oregon but having inculcated in me the Tarascan customs makes me value both places that identify me. Aided by the gloom, Fisher was slicing through the Sox rookies, and Williams did not come to bat in the seventh. Consult reference works for further advice. Alternatively, you may partly agree or partly disagree with the statements or questions raised by the title, or by questions raised directly in responding to the title.