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camadi1 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 29, 2007 at 4:17 PM via web

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My question is about on to write an analytical paper on symbolisms on The "Distances" -

How to start the essay and what to look for ie how to begin and end

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 2, 2007 at 10:46 AM (Answer #1)

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Ah, good question. To write an analytical paper on symbols in this story, you'd look at several things:
the meaning and emotional impact of the story
the role symbols play in creating these two factors
where you get the meaning of the symbols

As far as the meaning of the symbols, you'll want to start with explaining how you know that something is symbolic, rather than literal. A good example would be the wristwatch between the ribs mentioned. Is that literal? (Could that be a disease?) No. Then you'd look for symbolic meaning. Why might time be important in this story? To this writer? To this character? To the larger culture?

Answering those questions will get your essay going.

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