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Revising Night Essays
Transcript of Revising Night Essays
Writing an effective introduction:
Do you mention Night right away in your introduction? Do you have a clear thesis that answers the research question? Do you explain the topics you'll discuss in your essay?
Are your claims supported by evidence from the text?
This essay assignment did not ask you to research a topic, but to specifically find information to shed light on the symbols used in
. Does your research show clear connections to
Unpacking the Text
Does your essay utilize large passages without "unpacking" them?
Is your essay
in MLA format?
Example: In Night, Elie's vocabulary is drastically changed. Before the Holocaust, "hunger, fear, transport, selection, fire, chimney" (ix) have their own small meanings in his daily life. However, after living through tragedy after tragedy of a seemingly endless nightmare known as the Holocaust, Elie's family, friends, and fellow inmates' blood have stained the pages of his dictionary, etching out old definitions and rewriting new meanings that will follow him forever. What about other definitions and symbols that have been rewritten in our minds? The Holocaust drastically changed many symbols. In fact, the main symbol of the holocaust, the Swastika, had been around approximately 5000 years before Hitler had designed the Nazi Flag. This essay explores how the Swastika became the symbol of the Nazi party and how the definition changed and developed over time.
Introduce your quote.
Give the quote, using MLA format to properly cite your source.
Explain how the quote supports your claim.
In his manifesto,
, Hitler outlined the meaning of the Nazi flag: "In red we see the social idea of the movement, in white the nationalistic idea, in the swastika the mission of the struggle for the victory of the Aryan man, and, by the same token, the victory of the idea of creative work, which as such always has been and always will be anti-Semitic" (
). Hitler intended for the symbol to be associated with anti-Semitism, or hatred for the Jews. He wanted a symbol to represent his "struggle" to annihilate the Jewish people and pretend that they never existed.
Knowing Your Task
The tragedy of the Holocaust had rewritten, unwritten, and written again history's symbols. In Night, we watch as these words and symbols change as fast as the number of casualties, as fast as the number of friends and family lost, the number of tears shed, the number of seemingly unanswered prayers shot up into the sky.
Don't be afraid to get down to the level of words and phrases when using the text to support your claims!
1) Read the Nabokov text "Good Readers and Good Writers." Read the piece closely and carefully. Annotate the text and paraphrase the argument made in each paragraph.
Due Friday, 8/30!!!
Also...bring a book to read for SSR on Friday!!!!!