The amount of time we spent breaking down each of the three essays was very helpful for me.
It helped me really realize that I need to get into deeper thought to correctly analyze the text and put it on paper.
I feel that my analytical skills and understanding of texts have greatly improved throughout this semester.
I still do not feel fully comfortable writing, but I do feel that I have overcome some of my biggest writing obstacles that were holding me back from being successful and satisfied in my writing.
I was surprised as to the amount of improvement I saw and felt in my writing and feel that I am ready to take it to the next level.
That being said, I have not reached my full potential as a writer, but now have the faith in myself that I will reach it with more practice.
I feel that I acquired a better understanding of the poem and the author’s meaning.
Secondly, I changed and improved my thesis so that it offers a debatable claim about the meaning of the text.
My thesis now reads: “In “Charlie Howard’s Descent, Mark Doty argues and exposes the great harms that are caused by bullying and rejecting an individual particularly because of his or her sexual orientation using sensory description, diction, metaphor, and enjambment to touch the reader and explicitly describe the scene at which Charlie Howard was murdered” (Deffley 1).
This new thesis makes it easier to connect my body paragraphs and points to my thesis.