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I need a format for my essay topic. My topic is: Discuss how NG illustrates the...

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greenjuly | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 26, 2008 at 8:23 AM via web

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I need a format for my essay topic. My topic is: Discuss how NG illustrates the corruption of the American dream, especially for Leon and Mah.

I am having trouble on how to explain that leon and Mah, are more on chinesse culture than American culture.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 30, 2008 at 9:53 PM (Answer #1)

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It sounds like you know your subject and you're on the right track with a good focal point.  Now you just need to spend some time taking notes on Leon and Mah and how they are Chinese and how they are American.  Start with the two characters--one at the top of a column.  Once you have your two columns set up, write what you know about each character.  How is each Chinese?  What do they do that identifies them as more Chinese than American?  What are their beliefs? Traditions? Habits? How do they dress? What language do they predominantely speak? Think? Dream in? 

Once you have made your column notes, go back over them and come up with 3-4 reasons why you believe these two characters to be more Chinese than American in their actions.  Don't forget to "prove" your statements with specific quotes and examples from the text.

See the link below on how to write a successful comparison/contrast essay.  Good Luck!

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