July 3, 2013
Lets Get to the Point, Shall We?
The first thing one learns in a writing class is to have a point. Irrespective of what one writes it is important to have a point and to stick to it. This is the most important element in distinguishing a good writer. Another important element teachers and the reader look for in a good essay is a clear thought process and a certain flow through the essay. No one likes reading a paper that jumps back and forth from a point. It gets tiring to try to keep up with what is being said or written, and more, so very confusing. A well-written paper is one that doesn’t need to be constantly pondered upon to be able to understand or perceive the author’s point. Most people, as we know, read for leisure and not so much for mental stimulation. If they wanted to do something stimulating they would perhaps solve a crossword puzzle or a math question rather than decode a haphazard written essay. In his article, “My creature from the Black Lagoon” Stephen King describes his experience of watching a horror movie and compares the movie he saw, Creature from the Black lagoon, to Disney movies. Or maybe he attempts to understand the psychological mind of a child and compares it to that of an adult. Perhaps his main focus is to understand the suspension of disbelief. These are the possibilities one would think of after reading the essay at a glance; however after actively attempting to read the essay one might also be extremely puzzled as to what King’s message truly is. His essay lacks a thesis and leaves the reader guessing as to what the article is all about. This is a major drawback in the article. The first two pages comprise of his experience at the theatre and then recollections of his mother’s boy friends. This however has no correlation to the rest of the article. While reading the article one keeps guessing what King is writing about. For example he writes, It...
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