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Writing a response to a literary critique

Let's take a step-by-step look at how to write the introduction for a response to a literary critique.

First write a sentence mentioning the novel you read for class and include an overview of the entire book.
Benito Cereno by Herman Melville (1855), Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945), or Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897).

This will help your audience to understand what your paper is about.

Next: Write a sentence explaining to what critical literary essay are you responding?
          1) Grandin, Greg. “Who Ain’t a Slave? Historical fact and fiction of ‘Benito Cereno’. The Chronicle of Higher Education. 16 Dec. 2013. 
          2) Rodden, John and John Rossi. “Animal Farm at 70.” Modern Age. Vol. 58, no. 4, pp. 19- 27. EBSCO host.
           Or 3) Senf, Carol A. “‘Dracula’: The Unseen Face in the Mirror.” The Journal of Narrative Technique. Vol. 9, no. 3, Fall 1979.Pp. 160-170. EBSCO Host.

This sentence should include the name of the critical essay, the author, an…


"O, Beware, My Lord, of jealousy; it is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock the meat it feeds on." Iago to Othello (3.3) 
 Let's do a close reading if these lines.

Think about why Shakespeare depicts jealousy as a green-eyed monster. Why not a blue-eyed monster or a black-eyed monster?

How does jealousy tease or make fun of the meat it feeds on? What is that "meat"?

When looking at possible essay topics how would you use these lines as evidence to prove your thesis.

How does jealousy play into Othello's "uncertain vision"? How does Iago manipulate Othello's inability to distinguish between what is and what seems to be?

How does this quote foreshadow Othello's destiny and/or self determination?

How does jealousy lead to Othello's irrationality?

Desdemona can't imagine any woman cheating on her husband, but you could say she dies at the hands of the "green-ey'd monster". How does jealousy contribute to her deat…

Poetry explications made easy?

Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802
Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill;
Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!
The river glideth at his own sweet will:
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!  What is explication? Let's take a quick look at the beginning of an "A" example:

This poem dramatizes the conflict between appearance and reality, communicating the idea
that even in the unnatural city Nature’s presence can be seen. From Westminster Bridge, the
speaker looks at London at sunrise, and he explains that all …