"Stay Sweet As You Are"Pages 43-49 in The Norton Field Guide
Introduction paragraphIn the intro paragraph the author gives somebackground information on the subject. In hiscase, the subject is magazine advertisementsfrom the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.
Your introduction paragraphYour introduction paragraph should also givesome background, only in your case it will beabout the chapter from The Things TheyCarried that youre writing about.
ThesisThe introduction paragraph in the "Stay SweetAs You Are" essay ends by saying that thetheme hes writing about "can be tracedthrough verbal and visual content."
Your thesisYour thesis will appear at the end of yourintroduction paragraph also. Only you want togive your overall interpretation of the storyyoure writing about.So you want to let the reader know what youthink the story means.
Body paragraphsThe body paragraphs in the "Stay Sweet AsYou Are" essay begin with claims about aspecific element of the advertisement the writeris talking about.- "Visual content supports the mostly verbalad."- "The Lux ads visual content, like Resinols,supports its verbal message."- "Like Lux, Listerine relies on science as wellas sex."
Your body paragraphsYour body paragraphs will also begin withclaims. Only your claims will tie your thesis toone of the specific elements of the chapteryoure writing about.So if you think your story is about lost love.Youll talk about how one element of the story(such as imagery, character, setting, story,action, etc.) supports your interpretation.
Your body paragraphs (continued)Youll do this for each body paragraph.
ExamplesThe body paragraphs in the "Stay Sweet AsYou Are" essay make extensive use ofexamples to prove the writers point."The central image is a photo of a perky,seemingly innocent teenage girl...""Listerine is 4 times better than any toothpaste, the ad proclaims."
Your examplesYou also want to use examples. Only you willhave just one source - your chapter from TheThings They Carried.Thats not completely true. You will need to alsouse the handout that I gave you from JanetBurroways Imaginative Writing in order to havean additional quote for one of your bodyparagraphs.
Your examples (continued)Your examples will illustrate your point youremaking with your claim.So if you think your story is about lost love andyoure talking about how imagery supports yourinterpretation, you might give a quote from thestory where the narrator describes a characteras burning a picture of someone they are inlove with.
Your examples (continued)Then you will want to follow up the quote ordescription with an explanation of how thequote or description supports and illustratesyour claim. It may seem obvious to you, but itsnot always that way to the reader.So youre making a quote sandwich:ClaimQuote (or example, description, etc.)Explanation
ConclusionThe conclusion paragraph in the "Stay SweetAs You Are" essay sums up the writers overallinterpretation of the ads he wrote about."The consumer of Resinol, Lux, and Listerine isencouraged to objectify herself, to becomemore physically attractive not for her own sakebut for someone elses."
Your conclusionYou want to sum up your overall interpretationof the story you wrote about in your conclusion.There is no need to make any new points in theconclusion, you just want to help the readerleave your essay remembering your topic.