Presentation on theme: "Writing a Comparative Essay about the effect of a recurring Motif in Faust (Part One), The Tempest, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, and / or possibly."— Presentation transcript:
Writing a Comparative Essay about the effect of a recurring Motif in Faust (Part One), The Tempest, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, and / or possibly some poetry?
Step One: Topic Selection Think about recurring images, elements, or character types that you found thought- provoking within the texts. Often the best place to start is to look through passages you marked for patterns. You may find that you were drawn to certain elements- a pattern in your marked quotes would be a great place to start! (Use the Brainstorm Sheet!)
Step Two: Brainstorm After selecting your topic, brainstorm as many ways that that motif occurs in the texts as you can.(Quotes!) Ex. Memory Faust Marge- childhood, loss, innocence, love, nature Faust- childhood, nature, innocence, exploration, passion Meph- collective, events, promises Tempest Miranda- women’s voices Prospero- history, stories, of self, island, creation= power Rime Mariner- curse, journey, sin, torture= storyteller
Step Three: Patterns / Connections Looks for patterns, connections, interesting contrasts within your brainstorm. Ex. Telling of memories = power (Prospero, Mariner) Memories also powerlessness = (Mariner) Memories of innocence = (Marge, Faust) Memories of traumatic experience= (Miranda, Mariner, Marge) Memories of what’s now missing in life= (Prospero, Miranda, Marge, Mariner, Faust)
Step Four: Select your “so what” and draft a thesis Make sure you have an “so what point” (also known as an argument) as part of your thesis statement! (Your paper must be on Faust and at least one other text) Ex. In The Tempest, Faust (Part One), and “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” the expression of memory emphasizes what is missing in characters and ultimately motivates the characters to take action to make their lives more complete.
I recommend you get through this point by the beginning of Wednesday’s Class!
Step Five: Outline / Organize Then, using your thesis statement as a guide, collect potential quotes and organize your potential essay. Ex. 1.Thesis: …the expression of memory emphasizes what is missing in characters and ultimately motivates the characters to take action to make their lives more complete 2.Tempest: Miranda is missing female influence and a wider world- Prospero is missing a true government to control / his life as a man to real power= P. uses story telling and manipulation to control his world widen the world of him/ daughter and being them back to rightful place 3.Faust: Both Marge’s memories emphasize that missing male influence in her life and a father figure to guide her. Faust misses innocence and action of childhood in Nature- draws them toward each other. 4.Rime: Mariner’s memories focus on his hubris that was lost and drives him to spread his message of arrogance, disrespect, torture, and repentance to live a life of humility
Step Six: check connections Be sure that all of your ideas connect with, build, and support your thesis. If they do not- you must revise- either your thesis statement, body paragraph ideas, or both. If one potential paragraph is a weak idea- cut or revise it.
You should have this complete by the end of Wednesday’s class!
Step Seven: Evidence Locate the most effective evidence to support each of your body paragraph points. Be sure that you have at least two supportive quotes in each body paragraphs Be sure quotations contain only what is supportive and what you will analyze- cut them to the essential elements. Do this for HW Wed. night!!
Now you’re ready to write! (Thursday Double) Don’t forget about- –introducing all quotes with clear context –citing correctly (last name #) –and fully analyzing each quote