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Final announcements

As you prepare any last assignments and participate in our last discussion, I wanted to check in with you about tomorrow’s final exam:

  • there’s a poll in the left sidebar asking you to choose the one topic you’re hoping will be on the exam. Please participate in that poll!
  • Part 1 of the exam will be just like Part 1 of the midterm, but with different passages and somewhat different elements of fiction to choose from. But just the same you will have a choice of which to answer, and you will identify
    • title
    • author
    • element of fiction
    • how this element of fiction is exemplified in this passage (not just how you define the element of fiction).
  • Part 2 of the final will be different from the midterm in that you won’t write the whole essay. Instead, you’ll write:
    • the thesis statement that encapsulates your argument. This would be the last sentence in your introductory paragraph if you were writing the full essay,
    • a paragraph that uses the five-step method for incorporating quotations as evidence, based on a quotation from a text we read after the midterm, which you will bring with you on your quotation sheet (Homework #15 is to make a quotation sheet),
    • another paragraph that puts in comparison another passage from a text we read at any point in the semester, also using the five-step method.
    • that’s it. To clarify, the quotation can be made of a few lines pieced together, rather than one solid block of quotation. The paragraph, if it feels too long, could be split for the sake of clarity.
  • I’m happy to answer any questions. For the sake of organization, please add them to our Week 15 Discussion.
  • To review: Five-Step Method for Incorporating Quotations
    (adapted from Prof. Rebecca Devers’s IQIAA Method)

    • Within a paragraph, build your argument around the textual evidence:
    • 1-Introduce: Use transitional phrases to inform your readers that you’re about to use someone else’s words.
    • 2-Quote: This should not be its own sentence, but should be incorporated into another sentence. There is no restriction on quotation length per se, but it should be long enough to serve your argument while not too long to be treated properly in your paragraph. When you quote something or someone, you are obligated to represent the words accurately. This means avoiding typos and mistakes, and it means providing accurate citations that tell your reader what source provided the words or images.
    • 3-Interpret: If a quotation can stand on its own without interpretation, then your readers don’t need to read your project or essay. Your job is to tell your readers what to understand about it so you read it the same way. After including a quotation, explain it to your readers. Put that quotation into your own words, or into a language or discourse that your audience can better understand. To get comfortable doing this, consider starting sentences after quotations with phrases like, “In other words, . . . .”
    • 4-Analyze: Interpretation translates the original author’s words into a language your audience will understand. Analysis tells your readers why that quotation is so important. It highlights the significance of an author’s word choice, argument, example, or logic. Analysis goes beyond the obvious, telling the reader what they may have missed if they didn’t read as carefully as you are.
    • 5-Apply: Each time you use a quotation, make it clear to your reader how it supports your argument. You can do that by applying your analysis to your thesis statement. Remind your readers of your purpose for writing, and tell them how this quotation, and your analysis of it, helps you support your argument.
    • As you follow this method to construct a paragraph (or to write your broken-apart paragraph here), you may want to “quote the quote,” pointing to specific words or phrases within the quoted passage that carry meaning or deserve attention.


“With Amy Denver”

We can go into the end of time searching for that one moment that could’ve changed a life’s path. In “Beloved” by Toni Morrison one moment that could’ve changed the story was when Sethe met Amy Denver in the woods. If that moment didn’t happen, if those two women didn’t cross paths than 124 would’ve been haunted by different ghosts. Amy’s arrival was pivotal to Sethe and her unborn child’s survival. Without her who knows what could’ve happened to Sethe in the dark woods, they could’ve been captured by hunters and eaten by snakes. It’s not safe to be without protection in the woods or anywhere for that matter being a Negro. Amy brought Sethe back to life, she helped her in the most crucial time and helped her get stronger when Sethe needed to the most.

Sethe was tired and weak, she was knocking on deaths door. At the verge of having her child, she screamed and fortunately someone heard her. The scream stopped Amy Denver in her tracks, she heard the painful cry coming from a human. Being a white servant she knew the dangers and risks of helping a Negro. But that didn’t stop her, she was loving and compassionate, we knew this from the way she spoke with her desired velvet and didn’t once intend to report Sethe to the hunters for a reward. Sethe trusted her. (P 91. “Said this girl talked a storm, but there wasn’t no meanness around her mouth”.) Even though she told her that she goes by the name Lu. Amy was a chatterbox, Sethe had no idea what she spoke of, yet she liked hearing about the velvet its texture and various colors. It allowed Sethe to briefly forget the pain and imagine something else.

Amy Kept Sethe breathing and speaking as they continued to walk as far away from danger as they could. Sethe couldn’t go much further (P93. “the fire in her feet and fire on her back made her sweat”) Amy wasn’t going to let her die on her watch so she rubbed Sethe’s swollen feet and aided her wounded back. Amy described the scar as a tree (P 93 “It’s a tree, Lu. A chokecherry tree”), Amy did the best she could to help soothe Sethe’s pain. If they didn’t keep going, they could both be captured.

Sethe was at the point where she couldn’t go any further, she knew she was fortunate that she had even made it as far as she already had. Sethe pushed out her baby, Amy grabbed the child wrapped her up in her skirt and the three had to move on to a somewhat safe place. Amy eventually departed she had to continue on her original journey to Boston for her velvet. But before she left she told Sethe to remember her and tell her child the story of Amy Denver (P. 100 She’s never going to know who I am. You gonna tell her? Who brought her into this world? …. You better tell her. You hear me?”)Sethe was so grateful for Miss Amy Denver (P 100 “that’s pretty. Denver. Real pretty.”) The name was so beautiful to Sethe that she named her daughter Denver after her. Sethe will never forget Amy’s sacrifice. She owes Amy her life.

Sethe finally made it safely to her destination with baby Denver.

She was so filthy almost unrecognizable. Some time has passed since she last saw her family her 2 boys were growing and her baby girl, that was already crawling (P. “The little girl dribbled clear spit into her face, and Sethe’s laugh of delight was so loud the crawling-already? Baby blinked”). She was happy and appreciative her family was finally complete. She was a free woman. That young velvet loving white girl risked her own life to keep Sethe and her child alive even if it would’ve been for one more day.

In conclusion without Amy Denver Sethe’s survival wasn’t guaranteed. Amy put her own life in danger helping a runaway slave. They could’ve been hunted and killed, Amy’s compassion kept them going. If Amy would’ve ignored Sethe’s cries or reported her for a reward, the ghost of 124 would’ve been another. Some characters would’ve died and others would’ve survived with Miss Amy Denver. That’s just one moment we could continue looking for other moments that would’ve or could’ve changed the story of “Beloved” by Toni Morrison. The moment of Amy Denver created a balance and kept a mother and child alive.


Sethe and the Chokecherry tree

english drawing


I decided to create my own image. This drawing is of Sethe and her journey to her children. Getting to them means she’s a free woman.

Meaning behind this image is Seth’s life in one. She’s pregnant leaning on a Chokecherry tree [Amy Denver described it that way]. Then there’s the river where she has Denver and the escape boat. Everything here was an effect of Sethe wanting to be a free women. If she didnt let her children escape she proably wouldnt have been beaten, without her trying to eascpe to the unknown her feet wouldnt have swelled. Without her feet being swollen she wouldnt have stopped in time to find Amy Denver, without the river Sethe wouldnt have delivered Denver safely and without the boat they wouldnt have crossed the river. Pictures are worth a thousand words and here is Sethe’s thousands words.


Final Proj 2 Paul D The Charmer Part 2

The primary focus of my piece is the character Paul D. Paul d character takes the story where it needs to be and formulate a twist of flashback that one must pay close attention; to enjoy the drama. This brought me to express the compassion he (Paul D) shares for Sethe and most of all his charismatic charm towards other female throughout his journey. The character role of Paul D is vital; because Sethe needed someone she can trust and knows her well to release some of her pain and anger towards her pass life at sweet home. They stole Sethe milk and for that, she became a mad woman. In addition, I developed a poem about Paul and written over Sethe chokecherry tree back. This; express Sethe pain while understanding Paul D affection for this woman. The chokecherry tree is from lashing Sethe receive when Schoolteacher and his boys took over sweet home. It’s a shame the pain an individual (Sethe) endure to stay alive during her times. So I wanted to demonstrate through my piece that Paul D is there to cover Sethe no matter what. Paul D maybe failed her in pass life but now, he shall be there to hold Sethe down. Below I have an Image of the Poem “Paul D” and a link For Part 1 of most pivotal moment.