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Essay tips. 1. ALWAYS TALK ABOUT THE STORY IN PRESENT TENSE. After Amari’s family is killed and she is sold to slavers, she is forced to work on a rice plantation in A merica.

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Essay tips

Essay tips


1 always talk about the story in present tense

1. ALWAYS TALK ABOUT THE STORY IN PRESENT TENSE.

  • After Amari’s family is killed and she is sold to slavers, she is forced to work on a rice plantation in America.

  • Although Bod is a naïve little boy when the story begins, he grows into a brave young man who is ready and willing to defend himself and his friends.

  • FIX THIS: Victor was very happy after he sent money back home to his family in Mexico.

  • FIX THIS: Once Eragon was able to fly on Saphira, he becomes an even more powerful warrior.


2 briefly identify important characters when you bring them up in the essay the first time

2. Briefly identify important characters when you bring them up in the essay the first time.

  • Bod, unlike Victor, has a love interest in his story: Scarlett, a young mortal girl he meets in the graveyard.

  • FIX THIS: Victor has many allies throughout his story including Rico and Miguel.

  • FIX THIS: Westley must challenge Vizzini to a battle of wits.


3 give some context to each quote by saying briefly when where it occurs in the story

3. Give some context to each quote by saying briefly when/where it occurs in the story.

  • Before he leaves for America at the beginning of the story, Victor tells his mother, "It's time for me to work in El Norte like Papa did" (Hobbs 22).

  • FIX THIS: Westley is a great swordfighter, “I worked very hard to be so” (Reiner).

  • FIX THIS: Near the end of the story when Inigo and Fezzik have brought Westley back to life after he has been killed by the Machine and they are crouched behind a wall near the prince’s castle about to start their rescue, Inigo tells Westley all about how Humperdinck plans to marry Buttercup, “Let me explain…wait, there is not enough time. Let me summarize” (Reiner).


4 make it clear who the speaker is before the quote

4. Make it clear who the speaker is before the quote.

  • Victor shows his determination when he describes his third attempt to sneak into America, this time over a burning desert, “The land was on fire and so was I” (Hobbs 151).

  • FIX THIS: Westley is motivated by love to finish his quest, “Hear this now, I will always come for you” (Reiner).

  • FIX THIS: Just like Eragon, Westley seems doomed to die at a critical moment in his story, “I think that no one shall ever suffer as much as you” (Reiner).


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