Global Statements Essay

716 Words Apr 5th, 2013 3 Pages
THE GLOBAL STATEMENT: What is it and where to use it?

Aside from courtesy details, a thesis statement (a more direct statement about the topic/text than the examples below; a simple equation which may help is thesis = topic +opinion) and your road map, an introduction may also offer (usually in the opening sentence) a general or global statement about the nature of texts/ characters/conflicts/ideas/identity/ conventions/responses etc… on all the usual topics you are asked to discuss in essay writing.

You should use the global statements as the opening sentence of your introduction. Ensure your global statement stills offer a sense of where your thesis is heading, that is, it makes reference to an aspect of the topic. The global
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Gender is a locus of power; Class is a locus of power; Age is a locus of power etc… if you need to discuss identity in relation to a text/topic offer something like - “The identity of any given character determines their position in the social hierarchy” - “The identity ascribed to a character influences our expectations of them as readers” - “Identity is a social construct which influences the level of power experienced by an individual”

• Narrative techniques and conventions follow patterns to guide readers through texts; the reason you know how to read and comprehend a new text is because you have an awareness of textual conventions based on your reading of other texts. An intertextual topic or question might best be approached by a statement like “Narratives techniques provide a conceptual framework for comparing individual literary works to others, within and across genres”

• If your essay topic specifies a discussion of techniques, conventions, elements of construction and reader response you could say - “An authors’ manipulation and control of narrative techniques/ conventions is used to guide readers to an intended response” - “All texts are constructed to invite a certain response from the reader” - “Reader’s are positioned to identify with characters which the author presents favourably” - “The construction of a text is intrinsically linked to the meanings we make of it”

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