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ENG215H1 Lecture #6 9/27/2012 10:09:00 AM “Write a critical analysis of the following passage. Identify the place of the passage in the overall design of the story, and develop an argument about its specific meaning and significance. To this end, consider how the passage develops or comments on larger themes or issues within the story. As part of this close reading, analyze the passage’s specific features including any relevant stylistic, technical, or structural elements (including language, phrases, tropes, imagery, symbols, motifs, elements of grammar or punctuation) and explain the way they work together to shape and convey meaning. Strive to develop a clear and focused thesis, and check that this thesis or argument develops in a logical and coherent manner. The essay should contain an introductory paragraph, supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion; ensure that these paragraphs are well-developed, unified, and that they follow a natural progression. Securely ground your analysis in the workings of the passage itself. Quote from the passage to support and illustrate your claims, and make sure that quotations are properly set up and contextualizes, and well-integrated into the body of your essay. Grammar, punctuation, and spelling should also be correct.” - first obligation is to the given passage – but also appropriate to gesture toward elements outside the passage - 1 booklet, every other line Sinclair Ross, A Field of Wheat - took a job at 16 with the Union Bank of Canada  his experience in banking would have provided him with ample opportunity to gauge people’s aspirations and disappointments  specifically, he was a witness to difficulty of farm life in the prairies and the disastrous economy and weather of the 30  prof suggests that he created his body of literature based on what he saw in this role - writing style is descripted as not calling attention to itself  a fiction that is more crafted o matched to his material - struggle and alienation are reoccurring issues in his work, and in A Field of Wheat  juxtaposed with themes of renewal (ex. Tomorrow it will rain)/possibility for hope  propensity to frame his narratives this way - came out as a closeted homosexual late in his life – contribution to his fixation on isolation and the human soul’s capacity to carry on - considered one of the first Prairie realist authors - portrait of Canadian landscape (weather, system, land, crops)  presence is always intense  could argue that the landscape is an additional character in its own right  often it is threatening and destructive  can possess a brooding quality, as if waiting to unleash a terrible power  weather is cursed – dashing Martha and Jon’s hope for good crops and survival  Many acknowledge that his depiction of the land is not fanciful but rooted in reality – wind, dusts, hail storms on prairie farms were both horrendous and devastating o He captures idea that as a farmer is seems as though nature has turned against them 
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