January 23

Responding to Critical Analysis

An analysis, whether literary or rhetorical, contains specific elements. Author Jennifer L. Holder-Kirwan writes the article “Looking into the Self That is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in Beloved” in an ordered format. Re-read two or three of her paragraphs (Start at ‘Unraveling Beloved’s Identity’ [page 2]) and explain how she structures her body paragraphs. Think about the structure as it applies to the different terms you know: topic sentence (assertion), concrete detail (evidence), commentary (analysis), and conclusion.

Write a brief response to her body paragraph organization. Make sure you include everything you know to include when responding to a text.

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94 thoughts on “Responding to Critical Analysis

  1. Caitlin H.

    Caitlin Huie
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English Per 2
    24 January 2013

    In the article “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in Beloved,” Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan writes with a specific structure that explains her theories of the novel Beloved (underline). She first starts with a topic sentence that explains the subject of the paragraph and what her assertions are. Holden-Kirwan then provides concrete details that supports her claim and proves her assertions. She writes commentary on the evidence she gives that relates back to her thesis or topic sentence. Holden-Kirwan continues to use concrete details and commentary until she reaches her conclusion that ties the paragraph together and relates back to her topic sentence. This structure provides an easy yet effective way to explain her theories on Beloved (underline).

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  2. Brittany-Ann D.

    Brittany-Ann V. Dela Cruz
    Keeble
    AP English
    24 January 2013

    In the analysis “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in ‘Beloved,” Jennifer Holden-Kirwan uses an analysis format to structure her thoughts and opinions. She starts off with an assertion to provide the topic of the paragraph. Following the topic sentence, she uses concrete details as evidence. Holden-Kirwan refers back to well-known authors such as Thomas R. Edwards, Walter Clemons, and Horvitz to back up her assertion. She then uses commentary which is her analysis and views to further explain the assertion. By providing facts and personal reasoning, Holden-Kirwan can close the paragraph with a strong conclusion that sums the details and main points up.

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    1. tashak38 (Post author)

      What happened Brittany-Ann? You made a complete turn around. Incredible. Last sentence place the “up” after “sums”–that is traditional phrasing.

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  3. Bilguun Batdorj

    Bilguun Batdorj

    Ms. Keeble

    AP Eng 2*

    In Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan’s article, “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in ‘Beloved,” she creates an analysis paper that is based on the outline of a research paper. Her opening sentence is very simple and it lets the reader know what the rest of the paragraph is about. She uses quotes and information from reliable sources in order to prove her point. In most cases, Kirwan proves the thesis of her paragraphs with an well thought out opinion. Because of the author’s strong concrete details, the essay easily shows another side to the novel “Beloved” by Toni Morrison.

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  4. Jhoann B.

    Jhoann B.
    Ms. Keeble
    AP Eng 11 Per 2
    24 January 2013

    In her analytical article, “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in ‘Beloved,’” writer Jennifer L. Holder-Kirwan exhibits the multifaceted interpretations of the novel Beloved in an ordered arrangement. First, she starts her paragraphs with a topic sentence that asserts the paragraph’s main idea. Then, Kirwan supplements her assertion with concrete details, using quotes from several individuals. Next, she includes her commentary to reveal her personal opinion on the paragraph’s topic. Finally, Kirwan closes her paragraphs with a conclusion that complements her assertions, demonstrating a sense of completeness. In essence, Kirwan organized her article in an orderly manner to elucidate the analyses of Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

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  5. Arileni N

    Arileni N
    Keeble
    AP Eng 11
    Period 5

    In Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan’s article, “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in ‘Beloved,” the structure Holden-Kirwan used seem to go by how she remembers it not specifically in order. She uses concreat detail by using a quote that is helping her figure out who Beloved’s identity is. Not only does she uses her own opinion but she also uses other people’s opinion of what they think who Beloved really is.

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  6. Areli S

    Areli Sanchez
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English 11, 2nd period
    january 24th, 2012
    In ” Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An examination of subjectivity in ‘Beloved'” , Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan structures her paragraphs in an organized and structured manner. By that I mean that Holden- Kirwan starts of with an introductory sentence, (stating her belief/ position) then she goes into her details, to which follows an analysis and finally a wrap up of ideas. Holden- Karwin writing appears quite organized and that’s helpful for the reader because there is less confusion.

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  7. Jose Prado

    Jose prado
    Period 5
    24 january 2013

    In jennifer’s ,”looking into the self that is no self” Holden-kirwan uses formal analysis structure in her paragraphs and knows how to use paragraphs to control the rythm and flow of her article. Holden-kirwan uses assertions to give the reader a better understanding on what she is going to write about in her paragraphs and helps the reader agree with her assertions reflecting with her commentary. She then uses concrete details to help the reader have a opened mind while reading her work. She then ends her paragraph with a conclusion sentence, which every paragraph should contain. Holden-kirwan’s work is interesting and it is well organized because she uses formal analysis structure throughout her article.

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    1. tashak38 (Post author)

      Let’s revise this, Jose. Use the author’s whole name when you first mention her, then her last name from then on. Write with capital letters–all proper nouns. Re-do.

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  8. Ryan C.

    Ryan C.
    Ms. Keeble
    period 1

    Jennifer L. Holder-Kirwan’s way of structuring her paragraphs starts out with a topic sentence stating her assertion that will give the reader an idea of what the topic is. Then she has either an analysis that is backed up with concrete detail or commentary that is backed up with evidence. Either way, her commentary and evidence are connected to help decipher what the reader is trying to understand. Finally, she ends her paragraphs with a final statement of possibilities of reasoning that relates to what the topic is from the start of the paragraph.

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  9. Hannah R.

    Hannah Reddy
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English 11, Period 2
    25 January 2013

    In Jennifer L. Holder-Kirwan’s article “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in Beloved” she discusses the many interpretations of Toni Morrison’s character Beloved. Holder-Kirwan transcribes her article in a ripple-less manner. Her topic sentences continue off of the conclusions of the previous paragraph. She clearly gives her evidence then follows with analysis. She uses quotes from other authors who wrote about similar topics (Beloved’s identity) and from Morrison’s own “Beloved”. She uses the quotes and then branches from them and creates her own commentary. It’s almost as if she uses them just to show everyone the different interpretations there are about Beloved’s character.

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    1. tashak38 (Post author)

      I am not familiar with “ripple-less.” If I am not, would you mind defining it? Do you think this might become an issue for another reader? Always define terms that may be new to your audience. OK. GREAT JOB, OTHERWISE!

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  10. Mercedes G.

    Mercedes G.
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English, per. 2
    1-24-2013
    In “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of subjectivity in ‘Beloved.” by Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan she gives a review on Beloved from the book and how she has some sort of importance. In her paragraphs she would use assertion first to introduce the evidence, and then she would analysis it. After all that she would close it off strong with a conclusion. This is the way she had written it and it’s quite easy to figure out what she is trying to get across in a clear way.

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  11. Joelynn D.

    Joelynn D.

    Ms. Keeble

    AP English – 2nd period

    24 January 2013

    In Jennifer L. Holder-Kirwan’s article, the majority of her paragraphs begin with assertions/topic sentences. She begins by stating the topic, then adding her own perspective to it. Then, in order to back up her argument, she uses concrete details from the text. Lastly, Kirwan analyzes the evidence used and connects it back to her main topic in the conclusion. With this format, Kirwan’s article is very strong because it organizes her thoughts well and makes her analysis very concise and clear.

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  12. Dartise

    Dartise
    Jan. 24, 2013
    Ms. Keeble

    In Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan’s article, she uses the formal analysis structure. Her topic sentence introduces what she is going to talk about, her claims are supported by quotes from how others interpret Beloved and her conclusion ties back with her topic sentence. She also quotes what others have to say about the different interpretations of who Beloved’s character is even if she doesn’t agree with them.

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  13. Trhas B

    Trhas Bairu
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English, Period 5
    24 January 2013

    In the article “Looking into the Self That is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in Beloved” the author, Jennifer L. Holder-Kirwan, shares her opinion about ‘Beloved’. She uses the formal analysis structure to help support her thesis in a very specified order. She also takes others conjectures to also help support her argument/thesis. Holder-Kirwan uses concrete details by going back and citing quotes. She made sure she supported everyone one of her facts to validate her point.

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  14. Angel M

    Angel M
    Ms.Keeble
    Period 1

    Looking back at the article “Looking into the Self That Is No Self” by Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan, shows a specific way she arranged the body of the paragraph. She starts off with a topic sentence and works her way conecting with the sentence. Using details from the book and also noticed that it was writing in a type of order. Towards the end she states her conclusion and gives her point that she is trying to make with the quotes and concrete details. From that she used everything to state her opinion and finishes strong.

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  15. Johanna G.

    Johanna G.
    Keeble
    AP English, Per. 2
    24 January 2012
    In the article, “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in ‘Beloved,’” Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan begins her analysis with assertions and supports them with evidence from a variety of sources. For example, she includes perspectives of Beloved’s identity from other authors instead of only presenting her opinion. Holden-Kirwan also cites quotes from the novel and provides commentary to help readers get a better understanding of who Beloved is. Finally, she concludes her analysis by summing up what she previously wrote about.

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  16. Tresean Mitchell

    Tresean mitchell

    Ms. Keeble
    AP English Per.1
    24 January 2013

    Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan’s article “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in ‘Beloved”, she often starts by stating the point shes attempting to get across using her prior knowledge and what the book has given her to go off of,this being her topic sentence. After the topic sentence she’d follow with a concrete detail,it usually being a quote from the text. Afterwards her self commentary, then repeating this sequence once more before ending with a conclusion which is made up of her final and initial thoughts of all of which was stated earlier in her paragraph to sum it all up.

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  17. Dominique N

    Dominique N.
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English 11 Per 2
    24 January 2013

    In Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan’s article “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in ‘Beloved,” she uses a specific structure to use as a base for her analysis. This structure incorporates her personal opinions and thoughts to support her argument and overall analysis. In this structure she also uses concrete details as evidence to support her analysis and come up with her intellectual commentary. Her assertions throughout the article give the readers specific ideas which they take to form their own different interpretations of the article. I think that Holden-Kirwan presented this article in a very clear structured way that made it very interesting to read.

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  18. Alicia O.

    Alicia Oseguera
    AP English
    24 January 2012

    In Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan’s article, “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in Beloved,” structures her body paragraphs containing specific elements to go more in deep into who Beloved really was in the novel. This is done by in her body paragraphs containing the terms assertion, evidence, commentary, and conclusions. In each of the paragraphs she starts with her assertion, describing what is going to be expressed through the paragraph, stating her position. Holden-Kirwan’s then follows by providing evidence with the use of quotes from other authors or Morrison’s book. Following the commentary Holden-Kirwan’s gives her analysis towards the evidence. In many cases she includes more evidence (quotes) and commentary. At the end is the conclusion which is a sentence that sums everything up that was mentioned in that paragraph. Holden-Kirwan’s body paragraph organization is the one that is used in a literary analysis with the specific elements. Her body paragraph structure follows through out all the article.

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  19. Adiam H

    Adiam Habtay
    Ms.Keeble
    AP English
    January 24,2012

    In the article “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in “Beloved,” author Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan analyzes the novel using specific literacy elements. She interprets her thoughts in a appropriated manner, by keeping a repetition of the same paragraph format to support her thesis . Kirwan begins with an assertion to introduce her concrete details. She then gives supporting evidence for her assertion in which are usually quotes. Next, she interprets the evidence by providing commentary in her own words. Lastly she gives a conclusion in which correlates with the assertion, evidence, and analysis. By using this formal analysis structure Kirwan’s makes her argument more powerful.

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  20. Gonzalo Haro

    Gonzalo Haro

    In the analysis “Looking Into The Self That is no Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in ‘Beloved'” by Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan, the author frequents a very formal style of writing. In her paragraphs, Holden-Kirwan starts off with an assertion and then provides evidence with quotes. After, she comments on the quotes and analyzes them. Finally, she closes her paragraph a conclusion based on what she thought up based on her evidence and analysis.

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  21. Abraham N.

    Abraham N.
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English 11
    24 January 2013
    Period 5

    In the article, “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in ‘Beloved’,” author Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan uses great organization of her paragraphs by writing the background of the argument, then asserting her interpretation in the first couple of sentences while backing them up with concrete details, and finally using her conclusion to restate her interpretation and reason for the essay. Kirwan basically sets her article up like an argumentative essay from the body paragraphs which includes evidence to support her thesis, to the insight she gives on the opposing interpretations by either agreeing with the interpretation, or disagreeing with it.

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  22. Aaron Chon

    Aaron Chon
    Ms Keeble
    AP English 11, P2
    25 January 2013

    In “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in ‘Beloved’”, author Jennifer Holden-Kirwan introduces an incredibly familiar format of writing for her article. She begins by citing a different source, or a part of the novel, in order to provide a valid reference that the reader will be able to understand easily. After one or many uses of concrete details, she then proceeds to provide a commentary that either refutes the provided statements, or goes on to prove a point by making an analysis. The author’s topic sentence, unlike conventional methods, appears not at the beginning of each section, although the reader can make an assumption based upon the content of the concrete details. Rather, the topic sentence appears within the analysis, after having introduced both sides of the matter that has been developed. She brings closure by making a generalization about the idea that she composed in the analysis.

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  23. Destiny Bets

    Destiny B.
    Ms.Keeble
    24 January 2013
    Period 5 AP English

    After reading Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan’s article, I’ve noticed a pattern in the way the article is organized. She states the events in the order they happened in the book Beloved. She does not only include concrete detail, but also commentary/ her own opinion about the scenes stated. She also lists not only her own opinion, but also other’s and their first reaction after reading. She points herself into the viewer’s shoes then explains into more depth after stating her opinion.

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  24. Maria

    Author Jennifer L. Holder-Kirwa writes the article “Looking into the self that is no self: An Examination of Subjectivity in Beloved” with a lot of details. She clearly points out her argument by stating all her thoughts. The author also uses evidence from the book quoting certain phrases that she knows will help her in defending her argument. She uses specific quotes that defend her argument, so it can be really clear to the reader. The concrete details helps us understand more her point of view.

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  25. David D.

    David Delgado
    Ms. Keeble
    Period 2
    AP English
    24 January 2012
    In “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An examination of Subjectivity in ‘Beloved.’ by Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan she writes her analysis in a proper way which expresses her thoughts. She does something similar to what I call I-Q-A which is intro, quote and analysis; first the quote is introduced, then the quote is given and lastly the analysis. In the beginning of each paragraph she starts of with a topic sentence and other concrete details. Next she puts in the quote and followed up after that is her analysis of the quote. At the end she writes a conclusion the restates her thoughts that were in her topic sentence and analysis.

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  26. Yarelli Lopez

    Yarelli Lopez
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English Language & Composition
    24 January, 2013

    The article “Looking into the Self That is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in Beloved” by author Jennifer L. Holder-Kirwan describes a clearer explanation of Beloved’s identity in the novel. Holder-Kirwan first makes an assertion to develop her stairs towards her concrete details (quotes) containing the information where it was found. Then she makes a quick commentary and includes the opinions of other as well to show how she differs from others’ views, which boosts up her credibility. At last, she concludes the point she is trying to make with well-structured sentences.

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  27. Rebekah N.

    Rebekah Novak
    AP English 11
    Ms. Keeble
    24 January 2013

    In Holden-Kirwan’s “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in ‘Beloved’.” the author has a very distinct yet familiar way of structuring her analysis. In my opinion, the way the author conducts her analysis is similar to that of a debate. Every paragraph is a new fact, assertion, rebuttal, or an agreement. Sometimes even, the author will point out a time in where she is confused of someone else’s point.

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  28. Tanzeel H.

    Tanzeel Hak
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English, Period 2
    24 January 2013

    In “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in ‘Beloved,’” Jennifer Holden-Kirwan uses a structure that resembles an essay format. The first sentence is assertion or topic sentence. Kirwan gives us an introduction on what she will talk about in the paragraph. It is followed by concrete details/evidence, usually quotes in this analysis. After the concrete details Kirwan states her opinion and analysis of the quote (commentary). Then Kirwan writes a conclusion summing up her topic, concrete details, and commentary.

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  29. Oscar G.

    Oscar G.
    January 24, 2013
    Period 1
    In Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan’s writing piece, “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in ‘Beloved,'” Holden-Kirwan uses a writing style that stands out from other writing pieces. She begins her paragraphs with general opinions she or readers may come across throughout the reading. Next comes Holden-Kirwan’s concrete evidence, that finds a way to flow into her sentences. WIth great transition she exposes her thoughts in ways of analyzing. After her surprising analysis, her readers come across with a marvelous closing at the end of her paragraphs. Her writing takes literal things to the next level, giving in depth analysis towards the novel, Beloved (underlined).

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    1. tashak38 (Post author)

      Oscar, go through this and remove all the words you do not need. I think I am going to give you a word budget. Some of your words are repetitive. Please revise so I can give you credit.

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  30. Sidney

    Sidney M
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English
    23 January 2013
    In “Looking into the Self:An Examination of Subjectivity in ‘Beloved,'” by Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan, the author uses great evidence and order to supply her thoughts. After stating her evidence, Holden-Kirwan applies an assertion to go along with the quote. She orders her paragraphs in order of importance  on the subject. Her use of others opinions also helps support her’s and heightens her credibility. Her commentary is very well sought out and connects her thesis to her conclusion. She does a great job of analyzing and highlighting certain points in her text to make it better understandable to her readers.

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  31. Jonathan v

    Jonathan V
    Ms.Keeble
    Period 1
    Ap Eng and Comp

    The way the author of the article writes this response makes me get the impression that she took her tie to plan out what to say and when to say it. As we know she starts off with the introductory sentence included some background information about when the novel was published and how the reading of it changed and shaped he minds of the readers. Then she goes off to giving the first concrete details that make the reader see that the introductory sentence is backed up. After the concrete detail she explains why it relates to what she Is arguing, in this case the true identity of Beloved and the many identities she confuses the readers with. After she has explained her quote with sufficient information she goes off to her concluding sentence, which sums up what one of her arguing points was. For example, she ends by saying, “each new interpretation of Beloved adds another layer to her already thick identity”. This is a good way to end it because if you read the paragraph this sole line sums it up.

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  32. Michael Griggs

    Michael Griggs
    AP English 11
    Ms. Keeble
    24 Jan 13

    Jenifer L. Holder-Kirwan writes an article, “Look into a Self that is no Self: An examination of Subjectivity in Beloved”, a critical analysis in which she structures her responses using an analytical format. She first starts off her response with an assertion of that topic. She then states concrete details in which she analyzes. Kirwan lastly finalizes her response with a conclusion. This form of critical thinking, is good way to analyze topics, in a literal or rhetorical way.

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  33. Sarai P.

    Sarai P.
    AP English
    Keeble
    25 January 2013

    The article, “Looking Into the Self That is no Self: Examination of Subjectivity in ‘Beloved,'” written by Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan contains different points of view that support the article’s thesis. Holden-Kirwan presents her argument in a traditional manner, yet manages to support it in a nontraditional way. Instead of arguing one point of view and offering reason as to why it makes most sense, Kirwan artfully dissects multiple opinions all the while connecting it to her argument. Each body paragraphs contain different assertions, yet are all tied together by the analysis provided.

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  34. Amacalli Duran

    Amacalli Duran
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English
    25 January 2012

    Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan’s asserts and compares her opinion on Beloved’s identity in her article, “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in ‘Beloved’.” Holden-Kirwan’s simplistic format enables the reader to comprehend and analyze her assertions with ease. Each paragraph begins with her assertion or in other words, the focus of the paragraph. She then provides background information pertaining to the novel or a historical event to guide the reader towards her evidence, which is provided in the form of a quote. After the evidence, follows the analysis which includes her claim. The analysis concentrates on validating her claim opposed to those of other authors. At last her conclusion sentence intertwines all her ideas together. Although not directly associated with structure, Holden-Kirwan’s diction forms very simple sentences. Holden-Kirwan does not include periodic or an extensive use of details to emphasize her thoughts. Due to her word-choice, Holden-Kirwan’s paragraphs only include vital information. Holden-Kirwan’s uses this formal yet simple structure to lead the reader step by step into understanding her perspective.

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  35. Thomas T

    Thomas T
    Keeble
    Ap English
    Period 1

    Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan’s article “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in ‘Beloved'” attempts to describe the identity of Beloved. Holden-Kirwan uses many examples from different articles and quotes directly from the book while pertaining to the context in which Beloved ( 🙁 can’t underline) is written. The author quotes directly from another author’s article and idea of Beloved’s identity, then quotes from the book and reaches a revelation as to how these context clues can lead us to Beloved’s identity as the author doesn’t show any flaws in the reasoning, but rather why it works. Holden-Kirwan seems to have the repeating pattern of quoting another author and quoting the book to show the reader a couple ideas of Beloved’s identity, but doesn’t seem to refute as much or at all on the other author’s idea. Holden-Kirwan’s style of piecing together paragraphs is shown to prove one idea with background information and historical context, then gives her commentary.

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  36. Natasha R

    Natasha R.
    Keeble
    Period 5
    25 January 2013

    In Jennifer L.Holden- Kirwan, “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in ‘Beloved, the author explains the diction of Toni Morrison’s novel. There are times in Morrison’s book where it seemes perplex to the reader. Kirwan breaks down parts of the book to the reader to comprehend it better and clarify the story as well. Kirwan analyzes the diction and tells the reader what is it happening. Kirwan’s article helps the readers of ‘ Beloved ‘ to diclose the events that occur in the novel.

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  37. Rachael B.

    Rachael B.
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English, Period 2
    24 January 2013

    In the analysis “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of in ‘Beloved'”, Jennifer L. Holder-Kirwan describes her thesis about Toni Morrison’s novel, “Beloved”. Holder-Kirwan’s analysis contains paragraphs that support her thesis and opinions about the book. Her first sentence in a paragraph is her opinion or topic sentence. This allows the reader to realize what assertion she is going to support. Next is her concrete details that back up her opinion. In this case, she uses direct quotes from the novel. This proves to the reader that her thesis seems correct. She then has a sentence that connects the opinion and concrete detail together. At last, she has a concluding sentence that sums up the whole paragraph. This is the most productive way of analyzing text and supporting a main idea.

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  38. Alexis L.

    Alexis L.
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English 11
    1/24/13
    In Jennifer L. Holden’s article, “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in ‘Beloved,” she writes about her thoughts and her experience with the book. She starts off by analyzing quotes she cites and then giving her own interpretation of what Tori Morrison talks about in the book. She then asserts her opinion by giving concrete details from the cited quotes. Holden uses commentary, concrete detail, and assertion to create a formal analysis structure.

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  39. Veronica

    Veronica
    Jan. 24, 2013
    1st period
    Ms. Keeble

    In Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan’s article, “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in ‘Beloved,'” she states the topic sentence letting the reader gain a sense of what she is going to be arguing. Her concrete details are evidence she has gotten from others’ perspectives of what Beloved really means. She also backs up her claims with quotes from the book. Holden-Kirwan not only shares a little bit of what she thinks, but also of how many people interpret Beloved’s real character and what she stands for differently. She concludes her paragraphs by tying her ideas with the topic sentence. Overall, Holden-Kirwan uses the formal analysis structure.

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  40. Ross Hatlen

    Ross H.
    Ms.Keeble
    Apeng Period 2
    24 January 2013

    In Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan’s article, “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in ‘Beloved,” she writes her analysis using a formal analysis structure. Holden-Kirwan starts of her paragraphs with an assertion, that could be called her topic sentence. Then she gives a concrete detail in the form of a quote from another author or from Morrison. Then she adds her commentary. Afterwards she adds another quote and commentary. Lastly, she adds her conclusion in which she connects her commentary to her topic sentence. This gives her essay a formal tone and is very clean.

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  41. Kiloni D

    Kiloni Driskell
    24 January 2013
    AP English
    2

    In Holden-Kirwan’s article, “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in ‘Beloved,” she analyzes her paragraphs were she expresses her beliefs about Sethe and Beloved’s identity. She begins each paragraph with a topic sentence. Then she adds and cites her concrete detail with her commentary. Most of the time she uses a quote to get her point around. Finally she writes a a conclusion that is based off of her beliefs or a closing of her topic sentence.

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  42. Heather H.

    Heather H.
    AP English 11
    Ms. Keeble
    24 January 2013

    In her article “Looking into the Self That is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in Beloved”, Jennifer L. Holder-Kirwan adheres to a very strict paragraph structure. She begins with an assertion and follows with evidence from various viewpoints. Holder-Kirwan then interprets this evidence, analyzing from multiple angles. Finally, Holder-Kirwan ends the paragraph with a conclusion sentence that both relates to the current paragraph and introduces the next. This structure is often taught in school and is very well suited for an analytical essay such as this one.

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  43. Rachel N.

    Rachel N.
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English Language & Composition
    25 January 2013

    In the article, “Looking Into The Self That Is No Self,” by Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan, she formats her writing by using the standard form of literary structure. First, the author states her assertion about what that paragraph is going to be about. Following that, she gives concrete details and commentary to support her assertion. Included in that, Holden uses quotes and historical references from various authors to back up her assertion. Then, Holden wraps up her paragraph with a concluding sentence. Using this type of format, her essay is clear, concise, and easy to follow. While reading it, I have confidence that the author not only has hard evidence for her claims, but that she is knowledgeable about the topic. Moreover, due to the structure, her article comes across as intelligent and professional making it a pleasure to read.

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  44. Desiree N.

    Desiree N.

    Ms. Keeble

    AP English 11

    23 January 2013

    In Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan’s article, “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in ‘Beloved,” she writes her analysis in a specific format. She begins her paragraphs with a topic sentence, usually being her own opinions and what she is about to analyze. Next, she uses concrete details to support her claims in her topic sentence, her own commentary is also added along with the concrete details. She is very thoughtful in her analysis and makes sure she sights her evidence from the novel. Lastly, a concluding sentence finishes her pargraphs. The concluding sentence summarizes her opinions, claims, and evidence, and ties it all together. This format seems to be widely used for analysis. The format is very formal and gets straight to the point.

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  45. Alexia G. (period 1)

    In her analysis, “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in ‘Beloved,” Jennifer Holden-Kirwan looks more into the meanings and references of the ambiguous language of Beloved. She includes all aspects of a formal analysis and orders them in a specific way to support her thesis. The author first makes an assertion referring to the concrete details she quotes. She then makes her commentary that backs up her assertion. The conclusion, which comes last, shows the effect the assertion had on the story. Holden-Kirwan’s analysis is more powerful and convincing when organising her analysis that way. She also recognizes others’ opinions even when she does not agree with them; thus making her a more credible writer.

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  46. Maria Fajardo

    Maria F.
    Period 2
    1/23/13
    Author Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan organizes her paragraphs by the way the events occured in the book beloved when she is explains each quoting she adds. She backs up each quoting by providing evidence and examples that makes sense with the quote. Each paragrah she has a topic sentece and a opening sentence that leads to what she will be talking about and explaining in that sentence. She also provides other evidence to explain clearly the quote that she used. She ends every paragraph with a concluding sentence that closes the paragraphs.

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  47. Zoey Madsen

    Zoey
    period 5
    23 January 2013

    Author Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan’s paragraph structure involves a broad variety of opinions and different interpretations of the topic she is discussing, along with her opinion itself as well as responding to other opinions she has cited. She begins with a topic sentence or background sentence informing the reader of what content is to come throughout the paragraph and what to expect. Then, she cites different interpretations, or concrete details, that keep an open mind, along with many opportunities or information for the reader to come to a new understanding or interpretation as well. Finally, she responds to the work she has cited and includes a comparison to their interpretation and her own. This paragraph structure provides unraveling information and explains the meaning behind certain allusions and symbolic characters within Beloved that the reader may not have understood before hand.

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  48. Elisha Hussain

    Elisha Hussain
    AP English 11
    Ms. Keeble
    January 23, 2013

    In the analysis, ” Looking into the Self That Is No Self:An Examination of Subjectivity in ‘ Beloved'”, Jennifer L. Holder-Kirwan expresses her beliefs and theories about the story ” Beloved.” Holder-Kirwan uses a lot of evidence from other authors like Thomas R. Edwards, Walter Clemons, and Horvitz. She takes their beliefs and transitions them into her analysis to help her argument. These authors all have their own beliefs, but Holder- Kirwan uses each of their beliefs in a way that helps her either argue against them or support them. Holder- Kirwan also uses concrete details; she goes back into the passage and cites quotes that help her support her topic, which in this case was the true identity of Beloved. She cites every quote that she uses. After she cites the quote, she analyzes them and takes out the details that might’ve seemed insignificant to the naked human eye. It seems as if she used everything in her power to support her theories.

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  49. Alicia Gonzales

    Alicia Gonzales
    Ms. Keeble
    AP English 11
    24 January 2013
    The author Holder-Kirwan organizes her paragraphs in what apears to be chronological order. It seems as though she tells certain events in the order in which it happened. She doesn’t only explain her knowledge about Beloved, though. She also goes into detail about her own opinion, and peoples’ possible thoughts and opinions on who Beloved is as well.

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  50. Jessica A

    Jessica A.
    Ms. Keeble
    AP Lang. & Composition, Per. 5
    23 January 2013

    In Jennifer L. Holden-Kirwan’s article, “Looking into the Self That Is No Self: An Examination of Subjectivity in ‘Beloved,” she writes her analysis using the formal analysis structure. She begins each paragraph with an assertion, also known as a topic sentence. Next, she adds a concrete detail, usually in the form of a quote. Following afterwards, she adds her commentary. Then, she adds another concrete detail, proceeded by her commentary. Lastly, she writes a conclusion that conflates her initial thoughts in the topic sentence to what she described in the paragraph. All of these aspects- the assertion, concrete details, commentary, and concluding sentence- contribute to the formal analysis structure that Holden-Kirwan uses.

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