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Emily Alfano
Boyle Paper
Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:43pm
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I have not made a lot of progress on my paper so far, to be honest. For some reason, literature analysis papers are always the hardest for me. I never know where to start, how to put the pieces together in the right place, and what to even write about. Right now, I’m finishing the planning process of my paper, which usually takes me the longest anyway. I like to map out exactly what I will write so when it comes to actually writing, that’s the fast part.
The most challenging part of this paper for me has been deciding what stories to write about. There are so many options open for us with these Boyle stories, which is why I’ve been having such issues. Another hard part of this paper has been picking the quotes for the in-text citations and how to expand on them. This is something I’ve never really been good it. I never seem to interpret things the way the author wants me to. Going to class and discussing the stories has definitely helped me so much though because now I know what the author was trying to get across.
Something I have found least difficult was picking the ideas of the stories that I’m comparing and contrasting. I know I can explain the theme of agents taking advantage of people. This is something Boyle definitely feels strongly about and I can see that now from his writing.
I have chosen to compare and contrast “On for the Long Haul” and “The Human Fly”. I think these two stories parallel each other in many ways and I’m excited to start writing. The agents in the story really don’t care for the humans they are dealing with, they only care about the money they will make. Arkson moved Cullum next door to the Wemps even though he saw Cullum threaten to kill Wemp. The agent in “The Human Fly” knew that the stunts would kill his client, yet he still set them up because he was going to make money. And of course, there are a lot of differences that I’m going to expand on as well. This paper has been a bit of a challenge for me but I’m hoping now that I have it all planned, that writing will be easy.

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