Thesis- “I might the avoid many things: harsh words, foolish decisions, moments of inattention, regret that wash over me, like water.”
“The current was so strong, and we were so incompetent, that we never got close”
“When I was eighteen, I wanted to hurry through life as fast as I could.”
“There are six difficulties, and Class II was not an unreasonable challenge for novice paddlers.”
Establishing a Focus:
From the beginning Anne Fadiman builds suspense all the way until, she establishes the focus of the essay. Fadiman starts off from the start talking about the kid’s story, and decided to put the thesis at the end of the essay. This technique of putting the thesis gives the reader a chance to think of the thesis in their heads and presents a clearer thesis when the author states what it is she has decided her thesis to be. The whole essay builds up to the point at the beginning where the thesis is stated.
The Lost Boys
“It’s a hard Life here, but it’s a free life, too.”
“In the meantime, the temperature in Fargo has dropped to 15 Below Zero”
“Some 17,000 boys were separated from their families.”
“The boys endured attacks from the northern army, marauding bandits, and lions too.”
“Many died from starvation, thirst, and many were killed by crocs trying to cross the swollen Ethiopian river.”
“By the time that the boys had reached the Kakuma Refugee Camp, their numbers were cut in half.”
“The boys say they will receive about $107 in food stamps, and spend the monthly $510 on monthly costs and rent.”
Establishing a focus:
Sara Corbett begins telling the readers about the rough life that these boys have had so far. In a way she paints a picture in our head about the way these boys have lived their life. The picture I got was that it has been a hard life. Also she stresses that it is very difficult for these boys to live on their own, and it is going to take some time to learn...