Inquiry 4 - Courtney Maxwell English 112 Kelly Thomas Final Reflection Reading and writing like everything else improve with practice says Margaret

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Courtney MaxwellEnglish 112; Kelly ThomasFinal Reflection“Reading and writing, like everything else, improve with practice” says Margaret Atwood, a Canadian poet who personally knows that with practice comes improvement. This semester, I have shown significant improvement regarding certain writing techniques. Earlier in the semester, I wrote a critical essay analyzing Whitman’s commemoration of Lincoln’s life in “O Captain! My Captain”. By examining, comparing and contrasting certain properties in first and second inquiry (“The Negativity of Stereotypes”), I will explore my expansion as a writer; more specifically, how my ability to write a clear thesis and conclusion has improved over the semester. “An Ode to a Captain” opens up with a very brief but nice one-sentence introduction of the poem analyzed. Unfortunately, right off the bat, it does not explain the differing themes to theaudience. I believe that it should’ve explained exactly what differing themes are and how they are important in Whitman’s tribute. In regards to the my thesis, although clear, “Whitman metaphorically uses the Captain as well as differing themes in the poem to represent the grief he has for Lincoln following his assassination” (“An Ode” 1 ), the wording could have been better. In contrast, “The Negativity of Stereotypes”, the thesis relates directly to the issues addressed in the essay. “In Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, the issues of gender roles and stereotypes clearly affect characters in the novel. More often than not, people do not usually fit into ‘standard’ gender roles or stereotypes and the negative effects of such stereotypes greatly impact our society” (“Negativity” 1). Although a thesis is usually a one-sentenced claim found atthe end of the introductory paragraph, I believe the separation into more than one sentence, further enabled my ability to help organize and develop arguments found later in the essay. If I
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were to change one thing, before the thesis, I would define how the negativity of such stereotypes influence our society in undesirable way. After re-reading my conclusion of “A Ode”, it appears to as a regurgitation of everything previously stated beforehand. My very first sentence of the conclusion almost exactly mirrors thebeginning line of the essay. A conclusion is a writer’s last chance to have a final say on the matter. In order to write a good conclusion, it is important to synthesize the paper, not summarize. The main issue with “An Ode’s” conclusion was it mainly summarized the paper without not relating it to broader themes. If I could change it, it would state the impact the poem had in unifying the country following the assassination via relevant quotes and articles, or using evidence showcasing how poetry can be used to signify certain themes. In “Negativity”, the conclusion better synthesized the main parts addressed and related real-life issues to issues foundin Oscar Wao. It was actually pretty interesting that in conclusion, there was a way serving to
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