Perks Of Being A Wallflower Critical Analysis

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One of the English department’s intended outcomes that connects closely with rhetoric is that which concerns itself with critical reading, as the focus now becomes analyzing the rhetoric in the writing of another. Out of the three essays chosen for this portfolio, the best example of this would lie in Classroom Wallflower, as that essay contains segments that explicitly focus on the critical examination of the way Perks of Being a Wallflower presents and explains a topic of our choice. In my case, my task was to study how Perks handles the subject of grief and then determining whether or not Perks did a good job in explaining what it was like to go through grief or if it provides readers with examples of good coping mechanisms for grief. Overall, …show more content…
However, as someone who reads and writes both for fun and for school, I have developed a decent grasp of the core mechanics for just about essay, with only a few tweaks needed depending on the essay in question. In every essay, spelling and grammar are important to keep track of, but when writing an essay defining a concept like Optimism, it’s important to ensure that your word choice is also appropriate. For example, words like “mindset” and “”demeanour” hold different connotations than “belief” or “personality”, as the latter two are often used in an informal sense, and thus seem inappropriate when discussing the ways in which “an optimistic mindset has been proven to help people heal and recover from physical ailments or traumas” (See page 9). However, I am still learning when it comes to grammar, and often times it becomes difficult for me to seperate the way I write in a personal situation from the way I write in an academic situation, as evidenced by my use of the word “they” as a singular pronoun, a fact which teachers like Professor Hackleton have had to point out to me on multiple occasions. As a writer, I’ve often been told that while my writing is good, but my usage of pronouns and “fluff” can hold back my essays from being great. In older drafts of Classroom Wallflower, so much emphasis was placed on course requirements that it began to overtake the essay, and thus had to be cut back on in order to create a better argument. Similarly, the original draft of Lone Digger: Digging into Escapism featured lines consisting mostly of fluff detailing the way the singer’s voice distorts the words being sung rather than emphasizing them, but a few revisions later cut it down to “The words blend in too easily with the music,

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