So all quarter I’ve been in COM102 which is my Analytical Writing class. Well, today is the last day of this class and the assignment for this blog is to write my concept of analytical writing, and I want to cover what I’ve learned in the past ten weeks. My instructor Ellen Vance has helped a lot through this quarter and it’s proven to be very interesting.
The first thing that I learned was how to approach writing an analytical paper. Basically it’s taking the pieces of a puzzle and putting them together. First off, you have to take the facts of your subject. For instance, take a piece of art. You should know the artist, year it was produced, where it currently is, where it has been, and size (if you can find that out which personally I found impossible for my piece). Then you want to look at the artist themselves. Who are they, where do they come from, where do they get their inspiration from, so on and so forth. Then you want to look at what he/she was trying to accomplish and get the world to see and feel when they experience this piece. I wrote mine on the piece Things are Looking Native, Native’s Looking Whiter by the phenomenal Nicholas Galanin. I would encourage anyone to look this up online, or go see it in person at the Frye Art Museum downtown Seattle, where it is currently shown. These are similar things to look for when writing any kind of analytical paper, whether it’s based on; books, music, movies, food, anything really.
Throughout this class I’ve been lucky enough to be given a wide variety of things to write about. We read the book Kindred, Looked at chapters in Convergences (in one of them I even researched the background of fairy tales…yikes is all I have to say about those), studied and wrote a paper on cult classics (Office Space was the one that I chose), learned about Ocatavia Butler (the author of Kindred), and focused on a few key issues of her book. Also I was able to visit the Frye Museum, put thought into time traveling, as well as dwell for a moment on some of my favorite music. I’ve gotten to learn so much about such a wide variety of things, yet I have to say that my favorite was my Kindred essay.
I picked out a theme of this book and compared it to two other works. Doing this was a blast for me because I was able to justify taking time out my schedule to read a book, which I honestly don’t do very often anymore unfortunately. I picked out a theme of this book and compared it to two other works. Doing this was a blast for me because I was able to justify taking time out my schedule to read a book, which I honestly don’t do very often anymore unfortunately. I compared it to George Orwell’s 1984 as well as Scott Westerfield’s series The Uglies. The theme that I used was that of self-preservation, and what it can do to people. This essay was by far my favorite thing that we did in class. It gave me a chance to really sit back and think about how deep these books really are, and how it honestly relates to every person, regardless of age, race, gender, anything. Everyone has theses choices to make, and these books give a little bit of insight to that.
I think that analytical writing is something that very well can be used in my everyday life, not just in a class. Also, it’s not necessarily just in writing. This class was able to show me a better way to analyze what I do in my life. The questions necessary to answer in order to succeed in any business are shown in this writing class. It helps to know the minute details of things in order to decide whether or not I like them, not just a thought such as “Hey, it’s cool. I don’t know why, but it is.” It’s knowing why things are good or bad, enjoyable or not, and its something that helps in everyday life.
Not only that, but this blog itself has helped me. I now have a second blog “brokegirlbakes.wordpress.com” that I’m using to broadcast the things that I create in my kitchen at home. It’s a neat way to document the things that I do and create. To be honest I had no idea how to blog and now that I do, it’s incredibly fun!
To be honest, I was not excited for this class at all before it started, but when it did, I really enjoyed it! So, yes J that is my views on analytical writing. Thanks for reading!