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Subject: Writing

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How do you format a literary exploration essay?

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In a literary exploration essay you must explore your opinion to the topic question. This essay also has to have five paragraphs. Paragraph #1 Introduction The purpose of this paragraph is to tell the reader what you are going to be writing about. This paragraph should be 5-7 sentences long, introduce the text(s), character(s), or literary technique(s) you will be writing about along with your thesis statement. The first sentence should try to catch the readers interest, so don’t begin with a sentence like “In this essay I am going to write about…”. • A thesis statement is your opinion/response/answer on the topic question and it usually serves as the concluding sentence to your introduction paragraph. There are several different ways to write a thesis statement. Such as: 1. Agree or disagree with the topic sentence, Because, and a Reason Why Hope is an important quality because it gives us the will to persevere though challenges. Hope is not an important quality because when we rely on hope rather than taking action in our lives we may miss out on valuable opportunities. 2. By examining ___A____, ___B___, and __C__, it is clear that your opinion. By examining Jay Gatsby, Blanche, and my own experiences it is clear that hope is/is not an important quality. 3. __Your opinion___ because __A__, __B__, and __C__. Hope is an important quality because it helps you achieve your goals, it keeps you motivated in the worst of times, and it helps you stay positive. Paragraph # 2, 3, and 4 The body Now that you have introduced your topic and opinion it is time to fully explain it. Use specific details and examples to describe how this character/event/literary technique prove your thesis. Don’t forget you must have the following in this paragraph: • Topic sentence – relates to the introduction paragraph and introduces what this paragraph will be about. • State how this supports your opinion, provide proof from the text (a quote, cited with page number) and analyze how and why your proof supports your opinion (What does it show?) • Provide another proof from the text and analyze how and why it supports your opinion. • Transitional sentence – leads into the topic of your next paragraph but also concludes this paragraph. Paragraph #5 Conclusion The purpose of this paragraph is to summarize what you have just written. Re-state your thesis statement, it is best if you don’t repeat your thesis word for word but re-state the same idea using different wording. This paragraph should be 4-5 sentences long. Don’t finish your essay with a sentence like “In conclusion I would like to say…”. Conclude with a strong and memorable statement about the topic itself. One sentence will do. DON’T WRITE ABOUT ANYTHING YOU HAVEN’T DISCUSSED IN YOUR ESSAY.

Subject: Shakespeare

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What is the importance of Macbeth's dagger soliloquy?

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Macbeth’s desire to become King is now enveloping him completely. As he sits alone waiting for the time to kill Duncan, Macbeth ponders his decision one final time. Through the speech Macbeth questions his lucidity, he sees a dagger which is not there and appeals to the world of physical senses “art thou not, fatal vision, sensible to feeling”, “mine eyes are made the fools of the other senses”, and “It is the bloody business which informs thus to mine eyes.” Macbeth seems to realize he is having this vision because of the murderous act he is about to commit, and further enhances the eerie tone of the scene by alluding to images of evil which are to help him commit this terrible deed.

Subject: Literature

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What is a theme revolving education and knowledge present in Barbara Kingsolver's novel The Bean Trees?

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A theme in Barbara Kingsolver's book The Bean Trees is that lack of education or knowledge about the world helps perpetuate social injustices. This is evident through out the novel, and seen through Taylor's experiences. When Taylor sees the bruises on Turtle she realizes does not know as much about the world as she originally thought, “I thought I knew about every ugly thing that one person does to another, but I had never even thought about such things being done to a baby girl.” Taylor begins to understand that although she completed high school and left Pittman County she does not know much about people and the violence they can commit. When Taylor meets Estevan and Esperanza, she beings to learn about the asylum movement, and after talking to Estevan Taylor realizes she has sheltered herself from learning about social injustices. "I didn't want to believe the world could be so unjust. But of course it was right in front of my nose. If the truth was a snake it would have bitten me a lot time ago. It would have had me for dinner" Once Taylor begins to learn about some of the injustices of the world, the knowledge is overwhelming to her, but she decides she will not stay ignorant forever. She uses what she learns and decides to help those suffering.

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