Referential Analysis

Write a 1000 word paper that is a referential analysis.  Use the attached essay as your subject.  Your essay will be a critique (that is an analysis of another piece of writing) that focuses on technique as well as content.  Indicate the author and title of the essay in a complete sentence in your first paragraph.  Note:  titles of magazines are underlined, while titles of essays and articles are put in “quotation marks.”

Avoid first person commentary (comments such as “I think” or “I believe”) about the article.  You are analyzing the author’s content and technique.

Structure for the paper:

     Paragraph 1—introduction which includes the author, title of essay, brief summary

                             of  the main points in the essay, and a statement of the main point or thesis of essay.

     Paragraph 2—discussion of essay’s main purpose: expressive, literary, persuasive, or referential;

                              Identify the characteristics or traits of the purpose which appear;  then directly

                              quote or refer in your own words to passages from the essay which illustrate those

                               characteristics.

     Paragraph 3—discussion of the secondary purpose of the essay, in which you name the secondary

                             purpose, identify the characteristics or traits of the secondary purpose which

                             appear, and then directly quote or refer in your own words to passages from the

                             essay which illustrate those characteristics.

     Paragraph 4–  discussion of the essay’s patterns of organization: narration,

                             description, evaluation, classification, or comparison/contrast with examples.

     Paragraph 5—a conclusion which evaluates the essay by explaining how well the author achieved his

                             .purpose(s) and used the patterns.  Identify the essay’s strengths and/or weaknesses

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