Presentation on theme: " Keep your focus on characterization – Specifically think about how Meyers creates the character you chose. While you are talking about their personality."— Presentation transcript:
Keep your focus on characterization – Specifically think about how Meyers creates the character you chose. While you are talking about their personality traits, you are also focusing on how those personality traits were created. Direct and Indirect Characterization should be mentioned in every body paragraph, with examples to support.
One main characterization, shown in three different ways Three different character traits Jonesy is a likeable character ◦ Indirect Characterization – through how he acts ◦ Indirect Characterization – in what he says ◦ Indirect Characterization – in how other characters react to him Jonesy is a likable character ◦ His love of the blues Indirect Characterization through what he says ◦ His friendship with Birdy Indirect Characterization through his actions ◦ His dedication to his job Indirect Characterization through his actions
Your essay should have a creative title ◦ Do not just use the title of the piece you are analyzing. Hint – If you’re stuck on a title, move on and come back to it
This is the hook that grabs your reader’s attention and starts them reading. ◦ Quote – A solid option always ◦ Story – If used, it should be short. ◦ Facts/Statistics - (maybe not for this essay) ◦ Rhetorical Question – this is a question without an answer given. It is overused and should be a last resort. Hint – If you’re stuck – come back to this
The main idea of your paper. For a literary essay, it needs to include the author and title you are working with. ◦ Example: In Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare shows that romantic love isn’t necessarily simple and sweet; it is an intense emotion that can be brutal and chaotic. A thesis statement is only one sentence long. Titles of plays and novels are underlined or in italics – not both For this essay, you should be looking at a thesis statement that describes/explains how you see the character in the novel. ◦ For example – In Sunrise over Fallujah, Walter Dean Meyers creates the likeable character of Jonesy.
Even though Corporal Jones may seem insane and obsessed with the blues, he has strong morals that make him a great soldier. Corporal Marla Kennedy is a blunt and closed person, however her quick thinking and brave traits makes her a very respected military woman. Birdy on the outside seems like a simple person but he is very complex. Jonesy is a very likable person, even though he may be a little different sometimes.
One sentence that previews the main ideas of your three body paragraphs. ◦ The chaotic and brutal effects of romantic love are shown through the classic balcony scene, the turning point of the fight scene and the dramatic ending of the play. Paragraph One – Chaotic feelings during the balcony scene (II.ii) Paragraph Two – Brutal effects (death and banishment) as Romeo first doesn’t fight Tybalt because of his love for Juliet (III.i) Paragraph Three – Chaotic effects when each main character finds out the other is “dead.” (III.i/iii)
Topic sentence to introduce the main idea (claim) Supporting ideas ◦ Textual evidence (Direct quotes and paraphrases) ◦ Explain how the textual evidence supports your main idea (Reasoning). This is where you should explain how this personality trait is created with direct or indirect characterization. ◦ Repeat as needed Think about a transition into the next paragraph
Summarize the main ideas of your paper Restate your thesis in new words Tie back to your attention-getter
Can you pick out the attention-getter, thesis and preview in this speech? What is his evidence? How does he conclude? ◦ Note, he uses the word “c*@p.” If that is an issue, please let me know now. Ashton Kutcher Acceptance Speech Ashton Kutcher Acceptance Speech
Follow MLA formatting. See the sample on the next slide. Write about literature in the present tense Academic writing is in third person (avoid I, me or my). If it doesn’t have a citation, then I know it is your idea.