I need you to help me with two English writing class assignments because they ar

I need you to help me with two English writing class assignments because they ar

I need you to help me with two English writing class assignments because they are connected to each other. The first assignment is to write two different passage analyses of an article. The second assignment is to write two more lens analyses based on the analysis of the first assignment. I will give you my teacher’s specific requirements for the two tasks and the three reading documents that you need to read before writing. Thank you so much. Here are the requirements for the first task: In this assignment, you will analyze and interpret a short passage from Brodkey’s “Writing on the Bias” using close reading.
This passage could be one that you identified using Johanna Winant’s worksheet on turning an observation into an argument. Ideally, it’s a passage that interests or stood out to you—as strange, surprising, funny, unsettling, or relatable, etc.
Recall from class that “analysis” deals with how textual elements work on their own, in relation to one another, and to the text as a whole; while interpretation assigns meaning to the text based on the relationship between these elements of craft and its content. Put differently, an interpretation is a way you offer for understanding specific details and characteristics of the text you observe.
Some potential characteristics of the text you might notice when choosing a passage and that could serve as features you analyze:
What are the word choices? What makes them notable, among other words in the essay, or instead of words that aren’t in the essay? Are there any repetition of key words or concepts? Any that stand out? Why?
What is the tone? Are there any moments that could be taken potentially multiple ways? How does that affect your understanding of the passage?
Is there metaphor used in the passage? Without necessarily bringing in the conceptual metaphor jargon from cognitive linguistics (since that would take space to make the case for and likely distract), can you identify some associations the source domain of the metaphor, especially if they evoke other moments in the text? What does this reveal about the target domain? How does it reconcile with other momentary or extended metaphors in the text?
Are there notable recurrent patterns or shifts in formal or stylistic details? This could include, for example, italics, punctuation, person—first (“I”), second (“you”), etc.—and narrative point of view. To what does that draw your attention or emphasize?
Are there any implicit contradictions or tensions in the text? Do they drive the narrative forward? Are they resolved? Why or why not?
Please do not feel that you have to (or should!) address all of these. Rather than addressing these questions in tandem, your close reading should make a single claim that analyzes interprets the passage, bringing in textual evidence from Brodkey’s essay to provide support for and further develop the claim.
To encourage close reading that is close, keep the core passage you focus on to one paragraph of the Brodkey essay, or at most two—that said, you are more than welcome to make reference to other parts of the essay in passing. Please use a combination of quoting and paraphrasing strategies (see the Harris reading) where appropriate. You can consider your analysis as part of a theoretically larger essay, so assume that the text has already been introduced elsewhere. (Feel free to refer to Brodkey only as Brodkey and cite only page numbers in parentheses.)
Word count: 250-375 words (approx. 1-1/2 double-spaced pages).
Here are the requirements for the second task: You’ve written a close analysis of a passage from Brodkey’s essay, and we’ve practiced lens analysis in class.
For this assignment, I’d like you build on this work to write two practice lens analyses on your own, each of a different passages from “Writing on the Bias.” One of these analyses will use one of the two Thorp chapters as a lens; the other will use the Franklin reading as a lens.
What passages might you choose for each mini analysis?
One of these analyses should be of the passage you’ve already close read in your earlier assignment (please indicate for me which one this is). What concepts from these texts may come to mind when re-reading this Brodkey passage with new purpose? Which one do you think fits better? Revise your close reading to apply this text as a lens.
For the other analysis, do you recall the other remaining lens text reminding you of any passages from the Brodkey? If not, skim back through Brodkey’s narrative with the lens essay in mind. Do you see anything that you can interpret differently or more strongly than you could without the lens?
Each of these analyses should be approx. 250-375 words, or two well-developed paragraphs each. While you don’t have to spend that space on introducing either text or providing a selective summary of the lens text—you can assume your analysis is part of a larger paper, and that work is done elsewhere—you should establish your motive for applying the lens, make your claim, and then apply your lens text concepts to text you bring in from the Brodkey. A suggestion is to do the first two moves in one paragraph to establish your claim, and then in a second paragraph use analysis to make the text from Brodkey evidence for that claim. In the end you should complete three different segments and you can just combine them all in one document.

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