Critical Legal Thinking Case Study

Read the poem “Wan Hope” by William Hathaway. It is the subject of your next major essay, literary analysis. You will be doing a self-assessment of your first draft on 10/22. I will create that assignment separately. Like with the narrative essay self-assessment, it will have separate submission and review windows. The essay instructions are below.

Read the poem “Wan Hope” by William Hathaway. You have practiced close reading with “A Primer for the Puncutation of Heart Disease,” now do the same for “Wan Hope.” Read it several times, marking the interesting parts, and researching anything you are unsure of, until you form a good idea about what Hathaway is trying to say. An effective technique for forming a deeper understanding of a work of art is to ask yourself questions about it, then set about answering them. For instance, if there is a word or character you are unsure of, look it up in a dictionary or encyclopedia. That knowledge may be the key that unlocks the rest of the poem.

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When you gain an understanding about what the poem is about, formulate a thesis statement. As with Duel, your thesis statement will encapsulate the essence of the work. What is it about? Typically your thesis statement will go in the first paragraph, usually placed either as the last line, or the first line.

With your thesis statement you are making an argument. In the body paragraphs, you are setting about proving your argument, putting forth evidence from the text and your research showing why your thesis (and interpretation) are correct. Be careful not to summarize too much.

Your concluding paragraph is like closing arguments in a trial, where you will summarize your argument for the reader. There is no right or wrong when it comes to literary interpretation. You are judged on your ability to defend your interpretation with evidence.

Critical Legal Thinking Case Study

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