Nalysis: Writing about events (Vanish”)

ENG 309
Article & Essay
Analysis 2: Writing About Events

Once again, your task here it to examine how a text works. That means seeing it as a kind of machine or construction in which various parts work together to create some specific outcome.

For this assignment, you will choose ONE of the two a?eventa? texts we have read: a?Vanisha? or a?The Deadly Choices at Memorial.a?

Begin your analysis with a short introductory paragraph that BRIEFLY summarizes the event at the heart of your chosen text and some basic facts about what happens therea both in the event itself and in the text. The key to this paper is understanding that the event and the text are two different things, so the introduction is the place to lay out that distinction.

In a complex and sophisticated paragraph of no less than a half page, explain what you see as the CHALLENGES of capturing this event in a written text. What are the particular ideas about this event that must be transferred to the text, and why might those processes be difficult? NOTE: avoid overly general qualities that are likely to be found in all texts everywhere. That means avoid things like a?keeping the story interesting,a? a?maintaining the readeras attention,a? and a?being truthful to the subject.a? Instead, consider these questions:
Is there a subject matter here that the reader might not understand at first?
How much of the subject matter is inference or guesswork rather than fact?
How many different points of view does the subject matter imply?
What is the text attempting to get the reader to think or do?

These are just suggestionsa feel free to invent your own. There is no rule about how many of these a?challengesa? you must identify, but after articulating them, of course . . .

The remainder of the papera for a total of about three pagesa will explain in detail just how each of those challenges is addressed. Your focus should be on explaining CHOICES made by writer in structure, point of view, attributions, vocabulary, pace, tone, etc.

a? you should quote from the text often and correctly to illustrate the moments at which you think key strategic decisions are evident
a? you should maintain a professional, academic tonea this means no commenting on yourself and no casual conversations with the imaginary reader
a? your focus should remain on the TEXT and not on any a?issuesa? that it is discussinga this means no random analysis of (say) euthanasia as a moral topic
a? be careful about going off on tangents that you cannot really account fora this means you should not try to imagine what the reader is thinking or getting out of the text. Instead, focus on what the writer does, what the text does, what the event requires (those are things we can see)
a? note that you are explaining how the writer attacked these challenges, but not whether he or she was successfula this means you are in the end NOT discussing what you personally a?thoughta? as a reader. Look at the text as a WRITER who must make similar decisions in your own upcoming event essay.