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Baton Rouge Community College I Want a Wife by Judy Brady Essay Analysis

English 1013

Analysis

Essay

Assignment:

Write a clear, well-developed multi-paragraph analysis essay of

at least 750 words on one of the two readings below. Final essays which are

not at least five paragraphs and do not meet the minimum length requirement

can earn no better than a

grade of “D,” which is not passing.

In the first two essay assignments, you have discussed your own

experiences and those of others. In this essay, I am asking you to analyze or

explain what an author is saying about her own experience, and the language

used to define that experience; in other words, to analyze the writing style of

the essay.

More specifically, how do the word choices, humor, sarcasm,

dialog, repetition, figurative language, comparisons, or other stylistic

elements of writing show how the author feels about her role as a wife, or as

a daughter?

For example, Tannen says her mother has positively influenced how she

speaks. How does using the figure of speech that her mother “speaks

through” her communicate how Tannen feels? Brady feels very negatively

about the role a wife was expected to play in the 1970’s. How does she use

sarcasm and irony (saying one thing but meaning the opposite) to show how

she feels?

Choose 3-5 elements of style which seem important in the essay you

choose. You will need to use short quotes from the essay in order to support

your interpretation of what the author is saying.

Due dates:

Reading:

Analyze one of the following two essays (

click the links to the

essays in the Analysis module, then click to open the essay in a new

window

):

Tannen, Deborah. “My Mother Speaks Through Me.”

nytimes.com

, New

York Times,

19 Sep. 2017.

Brady, Judy. “I Want a Wife.”

Literature for Composition

, Third Edition.

Editors: Sylvan Barnet, et. al. HarperCollins Customs Books

, 775-776,

1993 Annotation & Discussion:

Carefully

read the essay several times to

understand not just what the author is saying, but how she says it. What

words and examples does the author use to describe her role? How do these

choices suggest the feelings of the author about that role? What “tone of

voice” do you hear in those words? What do they suggest about the overall

attitude of the author towards her role as wife or daughter? What other style

elements suggest this tone?

Once you have noted examples in the essay where you can feel the

emotion of the author coming through, draw some conclusions about how the

author feels and why.

Use your notes to answer the discussion questions,

which are due by Tuesday, March 19. Also read the examples other students

have chosen, and how they interpret them.

Plan/Organization:

When you have enough ideas from your reading and the

discussion, make a plan for your essay like the following:

Introduction – Introduce the topic. Give the title of the essay you are writing

about, in quotes; the author’s full name, and what the essay is

about.Then give your thesis, saying what the tone and word choice

(or other elements) in the essay show about the author’s attitude

toward the role or relationship they are discussing.

Body paragraphs – Discuss each of the elements you have chosen (word

choices, dialog, repetition, comparisons, etc.) in separate paragraphs.

Begin with a topic sentence stating how that element helps you

understand the author’s point, then give a few short quotes to show

examples, and explain how they support your thesis. You should have

3-5 body paragraphs.

Conclusion – Tie together the observations about each element and show

what you have learned about the essay and its topic.

Quotations, Citations, & Sources:

Y

ou must cite the essay as your source in

the introduction, and include it in your Works Cited list, as it is listed above

under Readings. You can copy and paste the entry, but it should keep the

same format. Quotes should be short (

less than three lines each in your text

).

Avoid plagiarism! Quote exactly what is written in the essay, without using

your own words. Read

SCC

, Ch. 1.3, “Using Sources,” 17-19, and “Quoting

Sources Directly,” 178-179.

Remember that you must interpret or explain each quotation or example and show how it helps to support the point you are

making. You must NOT use any sources for this assignment other than the

essay you are analyzing.

Drafting & Revision:

For help in writing your essay, read SCC, Ch. 1.4,

Writing Thesis Statements, Ch. 1.5, Methods of Organizing Your Writing, Ch.

1.6, Writing Paragraphs, (20-44), and Ch. 2, The Writing Process,

(Prewriting, Outlining Drafting), 44-68.

Submission Format:

Follow the instructions for submitting the final essay in

the Analysis module. The essay must be typed following MLA format

conventions (see sample essay, SCC, 190-192): double-spaced, one inch

margins, headings at upper left corner, title centered on the next line below

the heading, last name and page number at upper right corner. Please use 12-

point Times New Roman (or something similar and plain) for your font style

and size. Failure to use MLA format will result in a failing grade. Submit

your essay to Canvas in MS Word (.doc or .docx) or Adobe Portable

Document (.pdf) as these formats allow me to make comments on your essay

and give you feedback. Other formats are not acceptable.

Plagiarism

: Each essay assignment is submitted to

Turn It In

, a plagiarism

checking service used by many colleges across the country. If a significant

portion of your essay is a match to sources found online or to essays turned in

previously to Turn It In, your essay will be tagged as possibly plagiarized.

Your essay must be original work for this class

, and cannot be work you have

submitted previously for other classes! Please read the

Plagiarism

lecture in

the module and be aware of these requirements.

Grading:

The final essay is a required assignment, and must be

submitted to earn a passing grade in the course. Essays are graded with

the ENGL 1013 essay rubric posted on Canvas under the Syllabus tab.

Questions?

Please do not hesitate to ask questions if you do not

understand any part of this assignment! Please mail me

through Canvas.

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