Analytical Response Paper”
One of your classmates wrote me to ask for clarification concerning the subject of
the first Analytical Response Paper. The question made me realize I had not been
as precise as I could have been in explaining that, and I told your classmate that.
Now I tell you, and also the rest of what I told your classmate:
For this first paper, focus on "The End of Solitude." Analyze it in depth: style,
purpose, logic, meaning, and so forth. Also, what do you think the essay has to say
to you, to your generation, to mankind .
.. if anything? Grapple (wrestle) with it
(philosophically, that is).
Does that work for you?
Just what is an "Analytical Response Paper" anyway?
I hope to answer that pressing question for you here. If, after reading this, you still have
questions or misgivings, please contact me via e-mail and we'll work them out.
For those of you familiar with my "Response Papers" from previous classes, bear with me
and please read this carefully. There
Let us take this one word at a time, but a bit out of order. Let us begin with "Response." I
want you to respond to either of the readings from the class Web calendar assigned for the
two weeks prior to the due date of the response paper you are writing. That means the
essay linked to on the Web calendar and/or (I'll get to that in a minute) the two Kafka
readings (one per week). What do I mean by "respond"? I mean "react." How did you react to
the readings? Did you discover anything new? Did you agree or disagree with what they
(the readings) are saying or asserting? To answer that, you will need to give a
summary of what you believe your choice of reading had to say in the first place.
Now let us take a look at "Analytical." By that I mean (perhaps obviously) I want you to
analyze the reading, much as we have in our discussions in class. Analyze what the
author(s) have to say, and most importantly,
the author(s) choose to say what is said.
By analyzing those two things, you will get a pretty good idea for
the author(s) meant
you to take away from the work(s).