Tutor profile: Phoenix T.
What should I take into consideration while proofreading a persuasive piece?
The first thing to watch out for is making sure you're not straying too far from the goal you have laid out in your thesis. It can be easy to ramble, especially if you're excited by a topic, but it is crucial to remain concise. When you're proofreading, try to mark any phrases or words that are unnecessary and either reword them or take them out entirely. You may be surprised at how much this can clean up persuasive works!
What are things to pay attention to that will help me better interpret this passage?
Look at the key and attention-grabbing words within a passage. What kind of tone do these words convey? What is their connotation in the time period, if you know it? Is there a speaker in this section? How does the narrator react to them and how does this compare to your reaction as a reader? Literature is ultimately quite a subjective topic, so often you have to rely on your own interpretation of events. Paying attention to how passages make you react is major; even if no reaction happens at all, you have to ask yourself why that may be so.
What are some key things to remember when creating a persuasive argument about a work of literature?
The most important thing is to rely on the written work to make your arguments rather than just your reasoning. The best way to structure a claim is to make your statement/thesis/argument, then present a sentence/paragraph from the work, and finally explain how your example coincides with your claim. For example: You make the claim: In Robert Frost's poem The Mending Wall, the phrase "good fences make good neighbors" is an example of irony. To back up this statement, you would cite the poem's depiction of the neighbor as a "savage" when his fence is threatened. To connect this example with your claim, you would explain how this image demonstrates that the fence is actually making the neighbor beastlike, thus not a very good neighbor at all. This proves the statement that "good fences make good neighbors" to be false as the fence does in fact the exact opposite. Therefore, the phrase is an example of irony and you've proven this simply by reciting the work before you.
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