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U5: Style Paper

In short, this assignment focused on the novel we were reading in class and analyzing it to write a style paper. To be honest, this assignment was particularly challenging from the lack of guidance and ambiguity of what students should writing about. Nevertheless, I perservered and ended up with a piece of writing that I felt fairly confident about. I chose to write about Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, as it had many compelling stylistic features as well as an intriguing love story. The three main points I made were Austen harnessed imagery, point of view and diction to dramatize the character development throughout the novel. I chose chapter forty-three as it had a lot of descriptive language and focused on a major character change in Elizabeth Bennett (the main character). It also included a shift in the tone of friendship between Elizabeth and Darcy who had somewhat despised each other at the beginning of the book. Overall, I performed well on this piece, however, one thing I could have improved on is turning in a first draft which would have allowed feedback to shape my paper more effectively. This assignment also taught me to ask questions when I am confused about what direction to take when analyzing a classic novel, such as Pride and Prejudice.

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U4: Novel Lecture

I love to do public speaking so this project really allowed me to grow in this area. For my lecture, I read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathon Foer. It is a fascinating book that tells the story of a nine-year-old boy, Oscar Schell, and his journey to find a lock. Parallel to Oscar’s journey is also his grandma and grandpa’s that is told through letters they write to each other. It is a heartwrenching read as it explores themes such as love, mortality, and defiance – would definitely recommend! In this project, students were made to create/think of three different lectures they would potentially want to give. I choose to focus on Oscar’s character development, literary devices, and how Oscar copes with his father’s death. On the day of the lecture, I felt that I could give all three confidently. I ended up sharing with my peers ‘Oscar’s Character Development’ which I illustrated through a clear three-phase process: pre-key, during key and post key. I did this because I wanted my peers to understand the chronological development of the main character Oscar.  One thing that really helped my delivery was practicing on photobooth so I could hear myself speaking and reflect on what I needed to improve on. Overall, I think this project was incredibly helpful for understanding the book and also growing in my public speaking skills