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This class was tough.
Mr. Frye's English class will, frankly, transform your view of analytical writing. The man will sit you down, and from his challenging and, admittedly, slightly pretentious instruction you will indeed learn how to write a good paper, how to analyse a novel even when you just don't care about it, and how to take teasing gracefully and with a smile because there will be a lot of ribbing.
My enjoyment of this course grew steadily the longer I spent in it. Entering the class, I suffered mild heartbreak over the critique of my much-slaved-over interim assignment. Paraphrased: "Good writer, poor organization. We'll get there." These statements pretty much sum up my journey through the wild world of English Honors 11. The greatest tool Frye will give you is the format for a critical analysis. The specific pattern of segue, quote, and analysis for the body paragraph, the location and framing of the thesis, the complete banality of the closing paragraph--elements of a paper format that has been tried through and through. It can be hard, to work within such a tight format, but Frye does not coach this format as the only way to write a paper; however, he'll say, you have to know the rules before you break them. And by the end of it, believe me, you will know the rules. I hadn't had this kind of focus on structure since seventh grade, and I expect many students have had the same. It was so beneficial to have that focus, especially before entering the college realms of more hands-off instruction. Frye asks a lot of you, in every aspect of your work. The grammar instruction you'll receive is very thorough in areas that probably have been brushed over in previous classes, or that you haven't even covered before. You will be held to a high standard in your writing, in your reading, in your contributions to class discussion--but he will always be available to help. He genuinely enjoys his job, and he wants to help you learn.
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Advice for students:
Read carefully! If you've breezed through the assigned reading, you have very little chance of doing well on the quiz--little details dominate the information you'll be tested on. In addition, by the time paper-writing time comes around, you'll be able to recall much more pertinent information than if you'd simply skimmed through. Finally, though I loved Frye's class and it did so much for me both as a writer and a student, it's important to remember: this class is not the be-all-end-all of literary analysis. I personally disagree with the philosophy of the analytical method Frye will teach you, but the fact remains that I know how to analyse that way. I have that tool to use when I need it. Take everything the class has to offer because it has so much that can be so useful.