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13 October 2002 @ 06:32 pm
Blaahhhhhh. Blah.  
*tacks a label onto chest* PROCRASTINATOR.

That's me. And my intro paragraph for my English paper sucks because I'm not entirely sure what it is I'm writing about.

Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and August Wilson’s Fences are two plays that are strikingly similar in tone, theme, and characters, while still maintaining enough dissimilarities to establish them as very different plays. Death of a Salesman takes audiences through several days in the late 1940s, early 1950s era in the life of Willy Loman, a down-on-his-luck salesman with a devoted wife and two grown sons. The play also dips into Willy’s mind, allowing one to glimpse his various memories and the inner workings of his psyche. Fences, on the other hand, chronicles several years in the life of Troy Maxson and his family. Troy is a black man living in the later half of the 1950s, and he faces all of the prejudices of the time period. The comparison of the principal characters’ ambitions in these two plays reveals the irony inherent in the events that result from their own concepts and expectations of life and success. Willy and Troy’s ideals and aspirations shape the course of their own lives, the course of their sons’ lives, and the eventual conclusion of their lives in the form of their deaths.

Now, the interesting thing about this class is that I seem to be able to write down just about any old thing and get a decent grade on it. Even if I think it sucks royally. Maargh. This is not a good system because I live in constant fear of writing something that doesn't do well.

*wishes idly for a class that would allow her to write slash and be graded on it* Man... that'd be an easy A.

Plus, I have a drawing to do that I don't know exactly how to do. And haven't started. Oh, the pain. And I spilled Diet Coke on the paper that I'm supposed to be doing it on. So... yes, this will be an interesting assignment, don't you think?

what britney spears video are you?

(brought you by april)

My friends call me Meg, or they would if I had any.
Which Disney Princess are you?

You are a quick-witted tough dame with a tongue of steel. This jaded, cynical outlook is your suit of armor worn to protect you from further hurt and mistreatment. You may have been burned in the past by a love. Though your history weighs on your mind, you still have a little bit of faith in love. Don't deny it, girlfriend! Let go of the past and move on, embracing life's possibilities. But being more optimistic doesn't mean you have to lose your wit or independence!
Current Mood: blahblah
Jakezeblith on October 13th, 2002 03:47 pm (UTC)
A fellow procrastinator! How do you do? ^_^ I just finished my chem homework which I've had for this long three day weekend, heh. English is scary, it's the only general subject I'm not taking A.P. something in. Hehe, yeah, where is the english appreciation of a good slash story? Hehe *mischievous grin* I'd better go do something, I should work on my semester projects, driving, school webpage, speech and debate cases, something, lol, I actually DID my homework for tomorrow, hehe:)
(Anonymous) on October 13th, 2002 11:02 pm (UTC)
Mm. It's a minute past midnight here, and whee! Guess who hasn't even started reading the chapters (multiple chapters!) for my psychology test tomorrow yet? That would be ME. >.> ::hugs:: We're so bad. >:D

Psycho B
(Anonymous) on October 23rd, 2002 03:52 pm (UTC)
AP Essays
Hello, you don't know me, but I happen to come across your livejournal. Unfortunately, I'm also in the AP English and AP Cal class for my senior year and I think I know how you feel. I have this phobia of doing my english homework also, because I'm not entirely sure of my opinions. Eventually I got over it, but it's something you have to keep working on and improving from your mistakes. I try not to let bad grades keep me down, instead I examine all of my graded work and try to understand what I did wrong. It's very important that you feel confident in what you're writing whether if you think it's right or wrong, that way your answers are more strong and solid instead of vague and evasive.

Well first of all, I'd like to share my method of coming up with an intro.. so,if this can be of help. Since you're taking an AP class and I'm assuming you will take the AP test, so this general rule should apply to most of your essay regardless of the given requirements.

Try to keep the intro to your essay short and to the point. I usually write two sentences describing the novel or passage in general, then the last sentence should be your thesis. The thesis breaks into two parts, "what", "how and why". For example, the "what" could be the interpretation of the character's attitude, its complexity and change. And the "how and why" is to identify and explain the usage of literary devices that illustrate the attitude. By keeping your thesis in an objective manner, you won't jumble up the contents of what you're trying to say and you'll have an easier time writing your two body paragraphs.

Maybe you've already know this from your class, I'm not sure.. but starting off my essays this way improved my grades by a whole lot ^_^; And if this sounds like a bad repetitive lecture, then please forgive me, good luck!