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This is an essay written by a student in one of my Freshman classes. The
assignment was quite open-ended, requiring little more than a substantive
argument (4-7 pages) which supported, defended, and clarified a contestable
position (thesis). This paper received an "A", primarily because it presented
an intelligent thesis clearly in the beginning of the essay and supported
that position with analysis of specific textual passages. It is by no
means a "perfect" paper (you'll find some formulaic construction of the
argument indicative of inexperienced writers, as well as a few technical
errors); but it is smart, well thought through, well supported, and develops
a distinctive critical tone, all marks of an "A" paper.