Joceline Medina-santillan's Request (28 Mar 2019)

I want to see and get feedback from you, if my essay is getting a good head start as I continued to add more detail to it. Thanks!
ENGL 1

submitted: Mar 28, 2019
responded: Mar 29, 2019
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  • Maria Batty (admin)
    March 29, 2019, 11:28 a.m.

    Dear Joceline, Thank you for sending your draft to Athena. You didn’t include the professor’s instructions, but if this is supposed to be a structuralist essay, you are not taking the correct approach. My understanding is that a structuralist essay analyzes literary (not literacy) elements related to the structure of the poem, such as meter, length, rhyme, repetition, word choice, etc. to reveal hidden meaning. That hidden meaning should be part of your thesis statement. If you think it is “to overcome prejudice and injustice,” make sure you show how Angelou uses the literary elements you select to get that message across. Remember, she will not say it explicitly. You must uncover it. I will mention that symbolism, metaphors, similes, and allegory are very closely connected. You may have trouble finding different things to say about each. Each of the four (you’ve listed five) needs to have its own body paragraph of discussion; then you need a paragraph about how Angelou blends these (yes? Check your assignment), and then your conclusion. Remember to stay in present tense except for historical facts (“wrote this poem in 1987”). And read your writing with a critical eye: “Angelou gives out words that have a meaning to them.” Isn’t that a pretty basic fact of writing anything? Is it necessary to say? Make sure each of your sentences has information that supports or develops your argument (these literary elements reveal this hidden meaning). I hope you find these comments useful. If you want more help, come into a lab to work with a tutor face to face (we have five locations), or post specific questions here on Athena. Also, handouts are available at https://success.students.gsu.edu/ltc. Click on Handouts on the left, and then Grammar and Writing Handouts. Good luck! If you have a moment, please cut and paste this address into your browser, and take our survey. Thanks! https://gsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6hzzM9kX7sy9aJf

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  • Maria Batty (admin)
    April 1, 2019, 12:31 p.m.

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