Expectations and assignments were different than what I was used. Something I had never done before was use citations, so incorporating them into my paper was a major challenge. Up until now the closest I had been to a research argumentative paper would’ve been either a persuasive essay which doesn’t compare to such a complex novel. Heart of Darkness changed this and in writing my paper I had to think critically about what Joseph Conrad meant and decide how to explain the quote after inserting it. At first I didn’t know how to do it but after practicing a bit I got the hang of it and now instead of simply stating “Conrad is a racist because he said he saw “a certain enormous buck nigger” and that he “fixed [his] conception of blind, furious, unreasoning rage” so he’s a racist for talking like this about them (Achebe 10).
The hardest essay I wrote this semester was the fourth and last essay. I got confused when I was writing the body paragraphs. This writing weakness impacted my life by showing me that I have trouble thinking about how I could write my essays. I think I should start reading books and maybe I could get a few ideas out of those books. Another weakness I had was the run on and comma splice errors.
My philosophy used to be that if I could write a paper beautifully the first time, edits were unnecessary. After receiving grades I did not like, however, I realized the importance of taking the time to fully revise my writing. Now, editing is the fun part of writing because the writing is, for the most part, finished. Few activities are more satisfying than finding that misplaced comma, misspelled word, or misplaced modifier. It can get complicated when I have to change, move, or delete entire sentences, but I would rather fix a few sentences than write an entire paper the night before it is due.
Since English is my second language, I know I have a lot of mistakes with my writing. Thus, I went to the Writing Center to ask for professional help. The tutors are very nice and willing to give you academic advices. After going to the writing center, the essay turned out to be my favorite essay that I have even written. However, the assignment was not asking to tell the story, the main theme is to write what shaped you as a whole.
When EH 102 promised to teach me how to use rhetorical knowledge appropriately, think critically about all kinds situations, maintain a general writing process while creating and editing an essay, use knowledge of conventions to write to different audiences using different genres, and still incorporate myself into my writing, I thought “way too easy”. That was my first mistake: underestimating the difficulty of the course. This semester had really forced me to make a change in my writing and helped me to better understand how to organize my thoughts. It’s almost laughable to remember my expression after being handed back my first essay. A ninety-two should have made me proud, but compared to my EH 101 grades that ninety-two was the lowest grade I’d received in a college-level English class.
The growth that I experienced in this class has been a result of several factors. To begin with, when I was introduced to the elements of ethos, logos and pathos I felt that they were very abstract ideas and that a writer eventually tends to write what he/she feels irrespective of facts, logic, emotion or an attempt to establish his/her credibility. However, this notion of mine was proved wrong when the class discussions started. I understood that the reader and not the writer finally judge writing and hence it is important to include all elements of ethos, pathos and logos is the required balance in order to create an interesting, thought-provoking essay with good arguments or opinions. This also taught me the importance of including personal anecdotes in my essays to grab the attention of the audience.
It has helped me make a good start and saved me time. One thing I find difficult with this essay is develop a good thesis since I kept on changing it because I kept adding more topics for my idea which means I had to revise the outline too. Although I was a bit struggling with the thesis, the in-class assignments had also helped me add some information that can be added to my main idea such as the quiz about the literary analysis in the story for “A Temporary Matter” and the group discussions about the same story. Moreover, one of my weaknesses in this piece is the sentence structure which means I need to pay attention to the language, punctuation in order to develop a strong and consistent narrative. One thing that I would like to improve on this piece is MLA citation since I tend to sometimes forget to use proper MLA in text citation.
Writing is an important and useful way to communicate with people. Without an essential writing skill, people may have difficulty communicating with others. In Pace University, English Department focuses on improving students writing by adding a workshop class to improve students ' writing. Over the course of the semester, I have learned a better technique and tips from Professor Boylan, reading an essay from authors and class discussion. Writing had always been one of my weaknesses, but it was challenging to take that initial step past high school.
It was difficult to come up with a title, but as I kept reading my poem aloud, t... ... middle of paper ... ...e. I learned that an art form like poetry could play a big role in humanities. I enjoyed doing this project and I look forward to do similar assignments along the way. This was a fun project for me to do. As soon as I finished my composition, I had the desire to write more. I did not think I would enjoy writing a poem because I thought I could not imagine certain things and write it down.
That Wade O'Mara has a cousin and a son with the last name of Mitchell further indicates the connection to Gone With the Wind. This is t... ... middle of paper ... ...ief novel. It is as though she tried to rewrite the story, with the same characters in a different situation, and with a happy ending. Winspear would have been better off if she had been comfortable enough with her Harlequin romance novel writing to accept that the genre does not require literary value. Instead she tries to enhance her book by throwing in absurd associations with movies, archetypes, and Gone With the Wind, which make her writing seem cheap, and overly and awkwardly self-conscious.