Unravelling the mysteries of writing

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Essay as a Literary Genre

The essay by George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant was a remarkable piece of writing. It had all the makings of a movie. I could just imagine the situation because it was so vividly pictured by Orwell. The story makes you think and decide if pride is more valuable than life itself. The idea of shooting an elephant just because the persona was supposed to seemed rather barbaric, but as usual, it is the societal pressures that gets the loudest say. Moreover, people always have expectations and expect the other party to live up to it. this only makes things more complicated as more and more of us are dictated by societal pressures to do or not do something, thereby denouncing our own value and beliefs.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Tips on writing.

Found a very important source today, - a website on how to write position papers. Its http://www.studygs.net/index.htm. quite helpful, I must say as it gives hints on how to study and improve writing. It gives a step by step approach, and I think it is very useful. I’ll make sure to log in here again for the section on ‘How to Write a Research Paper’.

Thursday, August 24, 2006


Yes! I’ve finished presenting my position paper. Now, to come up with a first draft for my actual paper itself.. This week is full of events, and plenty of assignments from other lecturers.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

What I need to know on Emma?

Had some free time today, so I continued to look for more information on my position pare on Emma. So far I have got information from Book rags, Academic Brooklyn, Sparknotes, novel guide, clients and grade saver. Also doing a last check up on my power point presentation.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Books and more books..

Went to the main library today and got some books on Emma. Quite interesting, but have to invest more time in reading it as I need to highlight the points during my second reading. Title of the books are; Jane Austen- A Literary Life by Jan Fergus and The Works of Jane Austen by E.V. Lucas. Both the books I borrowed argue on some valid points about Emma’s character, so I’m also trying to ‘read between the lines’. Also preparing my Powerpoint presentation to present my Position paper next week. I am including my very own version of a mind map to describe the complexity of the relationships present in the novel.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Position Paper Title...

Dr. Noreen approved my thesis statement on Emma. I guess my work would be a little different from other people as I am not finding for three main points on what the theme story is about, but rather the impact of the main character, Emma towards the people around her. I am drawn to this story not because it is just a Jane Austen novel, but because the main character does not need to marry for security, rather she only chooses to because she is in love with him. She is the head of her society and is the heiress to her father's estate- making her an interesting character compared to most of Austen's heroines.Moreover, this heroine is very much like the independent career woman today who is fully in charge of her life, thereby making it more relevant to today's kind of women.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Topic please?

My thesis statement on A Wrinkle in Time needs working on. Still open to any other topics, but I want something that has made an impact to me, so I can enjoy working on my paper.

Monday, August 07, 2006

What to do?

Well, so far I have not yet decided what to work on. Since last week, I am hankering on Sherlock Holmes as the basis for my position paper. Nevertheless, I am also considering A Wrinkle In Time’ by Madeline L’ Engle. I guess I have to decide soon, and start working on it.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006


Well, I must say that the session in class yesterday was enlightening, as the text on Nelson Mandela was a powerful text, and I enjoyed reading about a great man like him. Too bad that I never really read Autobiographies before, but I will start now, as I am aware that some of them are interesting – like this piece of writing. He is a fearless leader, and more importantly, he fought for what he felt was right and did not bother if other people refused to see his way. This is an example of an inspirational leader that held firm to what he believed in.