Read one or more essay(s) by David Foster Wallace and write an analysis. Many of the author’s essays appear online:https://www.bustle.com/articles/154504-8-david-foster-wallace-essays-you-can-read-online-right-now (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.http://www.openculture.com/2012/02/23_free_essays_stories_by_david_foster_wallace_available_on_the_web.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Write an analysis of 1,000 words minimum (approximately four double-spaced pages). Your analysis should address what makes the essay(s) unique.The essay should be formatted in MLA style in Times New Roman 12-point font with the following header:Student Name (Always replace with YOUR name)
Instructor: Don Bapst
Due Date: 21 March 2018 (Always replace with the correct due date in this order: number, month spelled out, year)For this essay, you should not consult or cite from any other sources other than the assigned article. Since you are only citing from one source, your Works Cited page will include only one work. I have already formatted the source for your convenience, using Wallace’s “Consider the Lobster” article as an example: Works CitedWallace, David Foster. Consider the Lobster. Gourmet Magazine, Aug. 2004, pp. 50-64. For this assignment, I have chosen your target audience for you. You will write your paper so that your position is clear to a fellow student in the classa peerwho has not yet read this article, using direct examples from the article to support your points. As long as you have included the Works Cited page at the end of your paper, as indicated above, you do not need to include in-text citations in parentheses in your paper. However, you will need to make it clear each time you paraphrase or quote from the article. For example, According to Wallace or The author goes on to sayYour analysis should include the following:An introduction that grabs the target audiences attention, introduces the subject of your paper (in this case the David Foster Wallaces article(s) you are writing about), and concludes with a thesis statement that describes in one sentence the position you are taking in your analysis. Your thesis should address the question of what techniques and/or features of the writers argument make it unique.
At least one paragraph each on the following aspects of the essay:
What is the authors position? In other words, what is his main point? (Hint, saying that Wallace is all for or against eating lobster in his article on the subject would be to grossly over-simplify his position, so be very specific.)
What type of written techniques does the author use to make his argument? Consider all of the following:
Is the essay written in the first, second, or third person or a mixture of these?
What type of language does the author use to appeal to his audience (formal, informal, conversational, professional, etc.)?
What tone does the writer use and which specific types of language in the text creates this tone? What effect does the authors tone (along with his style) have on the overall argument?
How does the author use footnotes in a unique way in his argument, and how does this affect the persuasive quality of the essay? (Note: footnotes are not used in this essay to provide citation information, nor are footnotes used for this purpose in MLA style, which will be using in the class.)
How does the writer use sources (if any) in his argument? Though he does not use MLA style as well be using in the class, how does he incorporate his sources into the argument to make it clear to his audience when he is drawing on his sources outside his own personal experience?
A conclusion that very briefly (in one or two sentences) reinforces the main points of your analysis then gives your target audience the sense of where to go next.
While your conclusion can and should begin by recapping your main argument and thesis, you should never merely repeat what you said earlier in the paper. Find a way to give your main point in a fresh and succinct way that draws on the force of the supporting paragraphs that precede the conclusion.
A great conclusion often ends on a call to action. When your paper is the analysis of a work of literature or a written argument, your call to action could be an invitation to discover the work of a writer or an appeal to look more carefully at a work that has been taken for granted. Another great way to conclude any essay is to make sure the conclusion answers the question So what? Your audience has listened to your argument, now why should they care?
Notice that nowhere in the directions have you been asked to give your thoughts on where you stand on topic Wallace has explored in his essay(s). Rather, you are asked to analyze his position and target audience and how he uses language to make his argument to that target audience.Nevertheless, you can insert your own perspective on the topic itself whenever your thoughts on the topic relate to the authors written techniques.
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