1. Read the letter below
2. Feel free to watch the Frankenstein youtube so that you understand my allusion to this great film
3. Complete the essay response handout
4. HOMEWORK TONIGHT: Go through the powerpoint summary of Act III
Essay letter: Frankenstein 1931
Dear Arts and Lit folks,
I am disappointed to report the death of the essay.
This genre, once held as the paragon of original thought, has devolved into clichéd phrases that like colored saran-wrap, merely obscure the argument. Clichés, my friends, only hint at original thought, before alluding to years of over-used images that no longer mean anything. So, when you (yes, I mean you specifically) use clichés you are proclaiming the death of original thought.
If only the cliché-fairy would come and steal all the clichés in the middle of the night. What would happen then? Then, perhaps the essay would rise like a Dr. Frankenstein’s monster from the operating table, ready to be electrified by lightning and live again; then we could all exclaim like director Robert Florey’s Dr. Frankenstein, that this monster to is also “aliiiiiiiiiiiive.”
Here’s the thing with monsters like Frankenstein. They need body parts from more than one source, connective tissue, stiches, and then something electric to make them go—like your (yes, I mean your) voice. This is true in synthesis essays also: what synthesis essay would stand without an essay with an opinion, at least two sources, some topic sentences that relate to the thesis, some strong CDs, closing sentences that sum up, and a final, illuminating conclusion that sums it all up and adds your insightful understanding of why we should care. Only with all the parts can your monsters live.
Some of your little monsters are still dead.
On a positive note, just think of the improvement that is possible! You (yes, you) can be the doctors here, providing the prescription for improvement for your writing.
Hint: embedding, it is rumored, is the skill of using quotes within paraphrased context in order to show events in
a text. This is done as the basis for logical argument, before writers attempt to interpret text. Your reader needs
to be able to locate your evidence within the context of: Who? What? When? Where? Provide it.
Hint: commentary. Get some. Find something about the text that you CARE about, and write something!
You will be faced with tasks your entire life, and you may not want to do any of them. But, if you do a “D”s worth out there, what will you have? No job, no driver’s license (D-level drivers get their licenses revoked), no home, no album deal, no donut, and no girl/boyfriend.
1. Get a significant CD = actions are the best, but words that a person says are okay
2. Explain the CD: what does it show? What are the further implications of that? Why? How?
3. Connect it to theme without using “you,” “we,” or any clichés.
Let’s give these monsters some life.