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Summer Reading Essay

747 words - 3 pages

Billy Patrum
ELA 101

This summer I read “Literature and the Writing Process the 9th Edition” by Elizabeth McMahon. Through this book I have learned quite a bit about the skill of writing and how I can personally add flare and that little extra to my essays to bring my papers to life. This book was full of information that could help almost any writer boost their writing capabilities. From this book I have taken so many tips but three seem to stand above the rest.

In her writing she expresses the necessity to put of any and all editing to the end of the paper. This may seem awkward and contrary to the teachings of our educators but I believe it would really help someone in ...view middle of the document...

Sure you can win a few people with your words but you’ll win almost anyone with a valid argument.
1. "McCandless was thrilled to be on his way north, and he was relieved as well—relieved that he had again evaded the impending threat of human intimacy, of friendship, and all the messy emotional baggage that comes with it. He had fled the claustrophobic confines of his family. He’d successfully kept Jan Burres and Wayne Westerberg at arm’s length, flitting out of their lives before anything was expected of him. And now he’d slipped painlessly out of Ron Franz’s life as well."

This passage illuminates McCandless’s deep problems with intimacy, which are very central in his ultimately fatal two-year quest for meaning and peace. During these two years, McCandless doesn’t contact his sister, with whom he was very close, and while he meets many people and becomes close to a few, he always makes sure to maintain a certain distance.
2. “Please return all mail I receive to...

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