Cliff Stallings
10-28 online discussion
Fri Oct 28, 2011 1:11pm

I thought this paper was going to be really hard, but it wasn’t. I first started out with the compare and contrast paper, rather than the theme paper. I could not find a way to describe the stories without summarizing though. I felt that even when I was only describing the key points, it still sounded too summarized. This stumped me and I couldn’t get past it, so I tried switching to the theme paper. Going back and forth between present and past tense was also one of the most challenging parts of the paper. I have to learn how to better keep a paper in one tense; otherwise it’s too confusing. I wanted to pick the stories I liked the most, but choose a theme hopefully most people did not right about. This way, I wouldn’t be writing about the same thing as everyone else. “The Human Fly” and “Big Game” were my two favorite stories, and writing about them was surprisingly the least challenging part of the paper. Both stories were so full of my theme, greed, that I had no problem observing, quoting, and explaining them. I also felt describing Boyle’s attitude about things in the stories was quite easy. He writes in a way that whatever my feelings were toward something I read about, they were his feelings too. All I had to do was write down my feelings, because that is how Boyle wants us to feel. I believe my analysis went great. There was no summarizing in my paper and I kept to the key points about my theme. I included plenty of quotes to support and provide evidence describing my theme. I also directly correlated my characters very well, showing why these two stories were a good match up. I was going to write about “On for the Long Haul” too, but I ran out of paper. I would have written seven pages instead of five pages probably, because it would have at least taken another page to talk about “On for the Long Haul.” It had so much greed in it too, that it would have been a nice addition to my paper.

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