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The Definition Essay. Defining the Anglo Saxon Hero. The Complete Prompt.

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the definition essay

The Definition Essay

Defining the Anglo Saxon Hero

the complete prompt
The Complete Prompt
  • What qualifies someone as a hero in the Anglo-Saxon tradition? Developing your essay with a series of examples, define the word hero according to the Anglo-Saxon tradition. Include a formal definition, and try to incorporate at least one paragraph defining the term by explaining and illustrating what a hero is not.
prewrite
PreWrite
  • What qualifies someone as a hero in the Anglo-Saxon tradition?
prewrite1
PreWrite
  • Developing your essay with a series of examples
prewrite2
PreWrite
  • Include a formal definition
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PreWrite
  • incorporate at least one paragraph defining the term by explaining and illustrating what a hero is not.
thesis your main claim
Thesis: Your main claim
  • Must do more than simply identify the term to be defined
    • I will define the term Anglo-Saxon hero—blah
    • An Anglo-Saxon is a type of literary hero-yuck
    • One type of hero is an Anglo Saxon hero-ugh
thesis your main claim1
Thesis: your main claim
  • Your thesis must do more than just define the term
    • One example of an Anglo Saxon hero is Beowulf— yicky
    • An Anglo Saxon hero is brave, loyal, and strong –spare me
    • Beowulf is the perfect example of an Anglo Saxon hero—hideously boring
thesis main claim
Thesis: main claim
  • You want your thesis that makes the larger purpose for which you are defining the term clear
  • Our larger purpose: the idea that culture shapes the hero; Beowulf reflects the values and traditions of his culture in much the same way that Batman or Captain America reflect modern American Culture
possible thesis statements
Possible Thesis Statements
  • In the epic poem Beowulf, the Anglo-Saxon hero reflects the values of his culture, a warrior culture that valued ___________, ___________, _____________ and ___________.
  • In the epic poem Beowulf, Anglo-Saxon culture is reflected in the hero, a character who epitomizes ____________, ____________, and_____________.
topic sentences
Topic Sentences
  • Must directly connect to your thesis
  • Must include transitional phrases
concrete details
Concrete Details
  • Examples
  • Comparison and Contrast
  • Negation—telling what it is not
  • Origins and development—think epic hero