Figure 78: Removing Quotes Exercise

Below is an excerpt that falls under the comment “Analysis.”

You may access the comment by clicking on the “Analysis (Glossary Comment)” and “Case Studies” categories or by typing “Task #3: Abbreviate” into the search box.

You may print the excerpt for class discussions.

Figure 78: Removing Quotes Exercise

Steinbeck shows Elisa startled by her own whisper; she ran back into the house and prepared for Henry’s arrival and their departure into town. In this part of the narrative, Elisa is exhaustively making preparations. After her shower, “she puts on her newest under-clothing and her nicest stockings and the dress which was the symbol of her prettiness.  She worked carefully on her hair, penciled her eyebrows and roughed her lips” (Steinbeck 226). Before, as stated earlier, Steinbeck shows Elisa as representing a man through her attire. Now the dress symbolizes, as the author states, her prettiness; or the more appealing, attractive part of Elisa. Henry comes in and comments on how nice she looks. She questions his motive and he returns dumbfounded.  He comments again on how strong she looks and she replies, “I am strong?  Yes, strong . . . I never knew before how strong . . .” (Steinbeck 226). It is clear that even though she concludes that she is strong, she still doesn’t feel it because she had to question first and answer later.

Group Activity

Figure 78 represents an excerpt of a student’s essay. Read the excerpt. Refer to Steinbeck’s “Chrysanthemums” when necessary.

1) Count the number of sentences within the excerpt. Separate the sentences by categories:

  • quotes
  • analysis
  • plot summary

2) Total the number of quotes.

3) Total the number of sentences that represent analysis.

4) Total the number of sentences that represent plot summary.

5) Evaluate the sentences that represent analysis and plot summary.

6) Rewrite the plot summary sentences by developing an analysis.

Copyright 2011 Regina Y. Favors. All Rights Reserved.

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