Essay Outline (5%) 1. (Introduction) a) Thesis statement: In her poem “Nineteen”, in which she remembers about one summer, Elizabeth Alexander mentions the need for continuous psychological transformations, which are triggered by the curiosity of differences and the desire of learning from others. b) Plan of development: Through the use of symbolism, tone and contrast, Alexander puts the emphasis on the coming-of-age of the persona, which is significant regarding her personal growth. 2. (Body paragraph 1) a) Device under analysis: symbolism b) 1st Quotation in MLA (can be made shorter, but should be easy for the teacher to understand): “all there was to eat was white: / cauliflower, flounder, white sauce, white ice cream.” (1-2) c) Explanation (how does the quotation support the theme?): Along with the repetition of the word “white”, Alexander uses the white color to symbolize virginity, a common meaning of the white color, as well as the purity of youthfulness. In the first stanza, the persona is portrayed as carefree, naïve and almost childish, which corresponds to the author’s initial psychological state, prior to any maturation. d) 2nd Quotation in MLA (can be made shorter, but should be easy for the teacher to understand): “His beard …show more content…
The nineteen year old girl has never left her parents’ house, whereas her partner has physical and psychological scars from the Vietnam war, in the jungle. This contrast between the two individuals’ origin shows the influence one has on the other in their relationship. They mutually help each other getting over their different difficult reality by using their opposite characteristics. They are curious of discovering the other’s current reality, as the girl wants to become an adult and the man needs a hint of innocence. In short, this complementary relationship implies that one’s psychological evolution comes from his/her positive and negative
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Burnson President Truman v. General MacArthur Brandon Rubsamen History 8-A October 1, 2014 This essay contains only my own words and ideas. When I have paraphrased someone else’s words or ideas, I have used completely original wording and correctly cited my source. When I have used someone else’s exact words, I have used quotation marks properly and have correctly cited my source. I understand that any evidence of plagiarism will result in a “0.”
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Throughout the nineteenth century, the age of Edna Pontellier, a female`s role in society was restricted to worshipping her kids and conforming to her spouse. Kate Chopin's The Awakening encompasses the disappointment and achievement in a female's life as she endeavors to survive these stringent cultural demands. Disregarding the stereotype of a "mother-woman," Edna fights the pressures that require her to follow a submissive and dutiful routine. Though Edna's eventual suicide misrepresents her struggles against a tyrannical society, The Awakening upholds and promotes feminism as a method for women to acquire individual identity. Birds play an imperative role in Edna's development.
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For many, letting go of something precious to them is their only way of achieving it. The Awakening captures someone who was willing to go as far as possible to achieve what is necessary. Edna portrayal as one who enjoys freedom is Kate Chopin’s way of showing the confinement women had to follow quietly in her time. The novel itself is an epiphany to help society realize that slavery of the women is not acceptable. Instead of being concealed, women would rather not live at all because submitting to someone that does not take their beautiful characteristics into consideration is like putting a lion into a cage that will do everything possible to
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Taking Matters into Their Own Hands The tables and tides are turning more and more each day, allowing the writings of people from all classes of life and gender to be studied. The poetry of Isabella Whitney, an educated servant and writer from the second half of the sixteenth century, remained long in obscurity, but like Elizabeth I, whose poetry is often neglected in favor of studying her reign and rhetoric, light is being shed on their creative works. The two female writers, although separated by class, display the fears and frustrations of women who are down on their luck as Fortune imprisons their hearts and bodies and leaves them powerless to change their situations.
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