The Lady Or The Tiger Argumentative Essay

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The Lady and the Tiger Essay

615 WordsFeb 28th, 20133 Pages

Brie Ziehme
Second Hour
Enriched English 9

A Barbaric Princess
“The Lady, or The Tiger” by Mr. Frank R. Stockton has compelled readers for as long as time. This story ends with all wondering, so which is it, the delicate and fair young lady or the savage, fierce, wild-eyed tiger standing behind the door. This makes us ponder whether human heart chooses love or jealously. Within this essay, there will be proof that it is the stunning young woman behind the door. Although there is evidence proving that it is the tiger, in a sense there is more evidence stating that the elegant and barbaric princess allowed her real lover to continue living. To begin let us start with the small dwindling points that the tiger, lye behind the door.…show more content…

We see this with the handsome young man and the barbaric princess. We must prove this with solid facts and true ideas. To begin, “This royal maiden was well satisfied with her lover, for he was handsome and brave to a degree unsurpassed in all this kingdom; and she loved him with and ardor” (16).The princess, although barbaric, wanted to choose her lovers fate. She wanted to know before anyone else what would happen to him. A true love story for some, but she the princess “possessed herself with the secret of the door” (17). Many times in the writing, you hear about their love and how true it was. True love hides nothing for “He expected her to know it. He understood her nature” (18). He knew that the elegant and barbaric princess, who he had and most likely still had loved, cared enough about him to seal his fate. Though the princess is highly barbaric as her father is, she loved him enough to allow him to live.
To make a grand dénouement, the princess although barbaric, allowed the young lover to live and prosper with a new wife. Sometimes love takes us down unusual paths but we will always find the right path back

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Presentation on theme: "Writing a short essay … and getting an “A”!"— Presentation transcript:

1 Writing a short essay … and getting an “A”!
The Lady or the TigerWriting a short essay …and getting an “A”!

2 Thesis Statement Includes: Author Title
Your answer to the question & why.In the end of “The Lady or the Tiger” by Frank Stockton, the princess leads her lover to open the door of the tiger. The reader knows this because… (list reasons).

3 Overview of a Paragraph
1) Transitional word/phrase 2) Topic Sentence 3) Set up quote 4) Give quote (and page #) 5) Rephrase/Explain quote 6) Analysis & tie back to thesis

4 Topic Sentence Tells the readers what THIS paragraph is about.
Should relate directly to proving the thesis.At the start of EVERY body paragraph.

5 NO First or Second Person Perspective
NO first person: “I think” or “I believe”NO Second person: “You can see”INSTEAD: “The reader sees” or “The reader knows”Keep it in 3rd person: “The reader”, “The audience” or “people”

6 Identifying Characters
Avoid vague (unclear) pronounsPronouns replace nounsEx: he, she, them, it, her, him, they, etc.INSTEAD, use…Character names or descriptionsEx: The princess, her lover, James

7 Avoiding Vague Pronouns
(NO) Vague Pronouns Example:She thought she wasn’t good enough for him.(YES) Clear sentence structure:The princess thought the lady behind the door wasn’t good enough for her boyfriend.

8 Using QuotesIn order for a quote to make sense & be useful, you need to:SET UP the quoteUse a DIRECT quoteInclude the PAGE NUMBEREXPLAIN the quote (in your own words)APPLY the quote (to your main topic)

9 Set Up Your QuotesSet up the quote: WHO is speaking, and any important context cluesEx: The narrator says about the princess, “She loved him passionately” (3).

10 Using a Direct Quote Term “Direct Quote” means exactly that.
It comes directly from the text, word for word.However, you may choose the most important part of the quote which will prove your point.Example: The princess was, “…the apple of his eye” (3).

11 Include the Page Number
Page numbers go after quotes (unless included in the sentence prior to the quote).Periods go at the END of the parenthesis, not the quote.Do NOT use “page” or “p.” or “pg.”Ex: The narrator stated about the princess, “She was semi-barbaric”(2).

12 Page numbers continued…
Ex: The princess exclaimed, “I hate her!” (4).Ex: The king asked, “Do you love him?” (5).Ex: The narrator describes the lover’s feelings saying, “He loved her more than ice cream on a hot day” (2-3).

13 EXPLAIN the QuoteMost people think quotes can stand up for themselves… they can’t!So you have to explain what the quote means, in YOUR OWN WORDS.Ex: The narrator asks the question, “Wouldn’t it be better for him to die at once, and go wait for her in the blessed regions of semi-barbaric futurity?” (6). Here the author encourages the reader to remember that the princess and her lover may also meet up again in the afterlife, should she choose the tiger for her lover’s fate.

14 APPLY the QuoteOnce you have put the quote in your own words, you need to APPLY the quote to your main topic (yep, you gotta draw the connection FOR the reader).We’ll use our previous example…

15 Example…The narrator asks the question, “Wouldn’t it be better for him to die at once, and go wait for her in the blessed regions of semi-barbaric futurity?” (6). Here the author encourages the reader to remember that the princess and her lover may also meet up again in the afterlife, should she choose the tiger for her lover’s fate.This strengthens the argument that the princess chose the tiger. For, this idea gives the princess the option of choosing the tiger and still getting to be with her lover. Sure he’ll be dead, but someday they both will be and at least they’ll be together.

16 Using Quotes As ProofRemember, YOU come up with the idea or the opinion.The quote is PROOF to your reader that your opinion or idea could be correct.Make sure you choose quotes that PROVE your point, not just something that fills up the page or your need for another quote.

17 Transition WordsTransition words are used to show movement from one TOPIC to another OR to introduce NEW INFORMATION.Often, they will be used at the start of a new paragraph or prior to a quote.What are some transition words?

18 Illustration: for example, in other words, to illustrate, for instance…
Contrast: in contrast, contrarily, nevertheless, in spite of this, conversely, notwithstandingAddition: in addition to, additionally, furthermore, however, similarly, in the same way, moreover…Time/order: Next, second, last, at first, subsequently, to begin with, meanwhile, finally, previously, afterwards…

19 Quick Review Avoid “I think” or “you” statements (use “the reader”)
Avoid vague pronouns (she, he, them)- Use character names and descriptionsTopic sentence includes…Explain & apply quotesDon’t forget page numbers!Transition wordsQuotes PROVE you know what you’re talking about! 

20 Overview of a Paragraph
1) Transitional word/phrase 2) Topic Sentence 3) Set up quote 4) Give quote (and page #) 5) Rephrase/Explain quote 6) Analysis & tie back to thesis

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