Sophomore English: IATC &
Prompt: Write a 750 word essay discussing how I am the Cheese and Memento are similar / different.
Discussion of the prompt: Adam and Leonard both suffer from memory loss related to a traumatic event in their lives. Adam seems to refuse the reality of his former life and his parents’ tragic death. Consequently, he is forced to relive the trauma through a yearly journey of inquiries with Brint. Leonard suffered brain damage due to an altercation with intruders that were attacking his wife. His memories of the past drive him on a journey of revenge to find his wife’s “murderers.” The novel and the film each employ a non-linear narrative structure with which to tell each character’s story. Explain how the characters and their experiences are similar / different.
Questions / prompts to consider:
Introduction: Summarize the experiences of the characters—Provide a brief explanation of each story’s plot. Funnel to a specific thesis statement regarding the perspective / prompt you are discussing.
Body: Explain your thesis using three specific points. Begin paragraphs with a clear topic sentence. Use specific examples from the novel and film for support.
Conclusion: Summarize your main points. Pull it together for the reader. Give me an exigency—what can I learn from reading your paper or from reading the novel & watching the film (Jerry Springer final thought).
Remember: I am asking you to examine specific aspects of each text--do not simply regurgitate a summary of each story. I already know that you have read / viewed the text. It's like CSI: you're examining hair samples or fingerprints--not giving me the whole picture, but just a piece of it under the microscope.
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