In Strunk and White’s book, a mere ninety-five pages of instruction, tell you in brief and curt words the rules for writing clearly. This books intention was to be short, a sort of handbook for quick reference. In its introduction E.B White writes, “It was Will Strunk’s parvoum opus, his attempt to cut the vast tangle of English rhetoric down to size and write its rules and principles on the head of a pin” (Strunk and White xiii). This intention seems innocent but it is my belief that it leaves the reader wondering, without precise reason in mind what clear writing is. Joseph M. Williams’ book, on the other hand, elaborates in detail of te guidelines and principles for writing the English language clearly and concisely.
After exploring the online writing lab, my perspective on formulating a thesis statement has changed. Firstly, from personal experience, looking at the assignment title is usually very daunting and I start to list down the various aspects it could cover. I was ambitious in formulating a thesis that could possibly encompass every single aspect, without keeping in mind the length limitations of the paper. As a result, my thesis was very broad. My paper lacked focus and it seemed like with more points, I required more evidence to convince the reader of my stance.
Instead, Porter suggests that originality relates to how well one interprets the material and what new ideas and opinions the writer can draw keeping in mind the author’s ideas. Although writing one’s thoughts on paper might seem easy, it may often become a challenge for most collage students. In the case of international students that challenge is twice as difficult, especially when you are expected to be “original.” It is commonly taught that in order to become good writers we need to come up with original ideas and opinions. According to English instructors, to be original is to come up with ideas that no one has written before while giving recognition to any author that influences or supports our ideas-so... ... middle of paper ... ...different ideas and combining them to create a whole new concept is what originality truly is. Porter tries to say that plagiarizing is something hard if not impossible to avoid.
Fortunately, the most accomplished poet T. S. Eliot, defends James on exactly this topic in his short essay, "A Prediction." "With 'character,' in the sense in which the portrayal of character is usually expected in the English novel," Eliot writes, "he had no concern" (55). He went on to add " 'character' is only one of the ways in which it is possible to grasp at reality" (55). Eliot insists that had James been better at developing characters, his writing would have suffered in other aspects (55). Fair enough, but then I was left with a question from his 'prediction'.
When writing my papers, it has always been a jumbled mess that no one could keep up with. I would slowly start out on the right path, but then as I started writing more, I would include details that were not needed and go off topic. However, I started to do more research on this particular area and found, The Writing Center at UNC. The writing center at UNC is an online resource, it showed what exactly was needed in a paragraph, showed examples, gave four great tips. Another great resource was, “Purdue OWL”.
Milton paints the characters with such a humanity that they all become real people and not just the entities of some Sunday school lesson. Because of this, we find ourselves initially enamoured with Satan and his "heroic" aspirations, but quickly we get slapped on the hand by our hero's destruction. Then we are taken by the arguments of Eve & Adam and are made to question some of God's actions when it comes to informing them and protecting them, so we then go through the fall with them.
I was a skeptic myself until we began learning about it during class, and when I experienced by first piece of modern art that really moved me: "Bucolic Landscaping," created by Heinrich Campendonk. "Bucolic Landscaping" is very similar to the ideas in Samuel Beckett's novel Waiting for Godot. When looking at the painting, I saw immediate connections to the novel. The man in painting is a perfect example of the two vagabonds, Estragon and Vladimir, and the animals are perfect representations of Lucky and Pozzo, other stragglers who Estragon and Vladimir, otherwise known as Didi and Gogo, come across. "Bucolic Landscaping" was also an outline of the ideas put forth in William Barrett's The Testimony of Modern Art, which is a guideline to the history of modern art and its connections in the world today.
Luckily, my notes provided enough of a backbone to where my chosen thesis of “educational assimilation” could be viable, even if it was broad. One way I facilitated the argument was marking quotes on pages in the story, advice I found in the class text Making Literature Matter. I took that a step further in the pre-write: every quote I marked was accompanied by my thoughts. This was helpful because I was able to have my thoughts organized in one place, and in my opinion, my final draft of the paper is essentially a cleaned up version of the pre-write. For example, on the note marked 230, I claimed that “instructional material is often rigid and poised, and it allows very little room for creativity.” This became a central part of my argument for the paper, where I compare
I think the number one of the most important thing about style is Chapter 3 in Strunk and White’s book called A Few Matters of Form. I think it’s the most important because it teaches you so much about things that you may over use in a paper or that you may have no clue how to use. For myself the most useful thing from this chapter was the part on using numerals. According to Strunk and White they state “Do not spell out dates or other serial numbers. Write them in figures or in Roman notation, as appropriate.
We just put words down on paper and that’s it. We don’t care whether it makes sense or not. I guess we figure we can speak English that should be enough. That’s a sorry way to think, however many of us think that way. I myself am guilty of inferring that the use of English is mostly the teaching of someone who said this is the way it is and this is what is proper.