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Close Analysis Essay

534 words - 3 pages

A Closer Look
I choose to closely analyze the author’s very first paragraph of his non-fiction essay, “I’ll take the best picture, please”. The first paragraph is one of the most important, because you need to really grasp the reader’s attention. This close analysis assignment has made me realize what the author wanted to write about, what he looks for in a film, and some of the classic films he enjoys.
I particularly enjoyed the way David Thomson (author) began his essay with a strong metaphor. “As Christmas 2012 came closer, the picture business was flexing its muscles and bravado, no matter that it might be a small plateau perched on high cliffs”. I found Thomson’s word choice was interesting ...view middle of the document...

As he goes on to talk about the classic films, I realize that he enjoys classic films, and their values, and wishes that more films nowadays shared those same values.
Thomson seemed to put a great emphasis on the virtue ‘importance’, as he went on to talk about it further. He named off a few classic films, Gone With the Wind, The Best Years of Our Lives, and From Here to Eternity. I don’t quite understand what he meant by emphasizing the old-fashioned virtue, ‘importance’, and then naming off those films. He seems to have left off some information, or an explanation of how those films displayed importance.
I’ve been reading this introductory passage over and over and I’ve come to the conclusion this is an informal passage. When I read Thomson’s first paragraph, the metaphors he uses makes it feel like he has been doing this for a long time (critiquing films) and he casually wrote down his thoughts. I tried to imagine how he would read the opening paragraph and it sounds like an informal passage to me.
After close analysis of the passage, I’ve determined the author wanted to write this essay to explain how he feels about what the film industry did this year. He starts his passage off stating it’s the end of the year, (nearly Christmas) and these are his final thoughts about film for the year 2012. Thomson is pleased that the movie industry is up nearly five percent this year. He communicates to the reader that he enjoys how some of the movies he reviewed this year displayed some of the old fashion virtues he admires, which are particularly in older films. Thomson is a seasoned film critic, and wrote this essay informally.

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