profile essay; one′s interaction with a subject that could be anything
Write a lively and engaging profile (aprox1000-1200 words). You may choose to write a profile of a person, a place, an object, an idea – options abound! The most important thing is that your subject be interesting to you. Your reader will feel your enthusiasm for your subject! Remember that a profile should be a dynamic negotiation between you and your subject. Your voice, your opinion, your transparency about the development of your thought, are as central to the Profile as your choice of subject. Here are the qualities of a Profile as listed in the Norton: 1. Interesting Subject 2. Context 3. Angle (your voice!) 4. First-hand Account 5. Details (i.e. desсrіptive language) Make sure your profile includes these elements. In addition, you will build layers of complexity into your profile as your exploration of your subject progresses. As we saw in both the Foster-Wallace and the Montgomery examples (discussed at length in class), rather than positing one monolithic argument, your profile will develop through a series of questions / interpretative problems / observations / and/or reflections. A solid structure for building layers of complexity into your piece is as follows Question. Reflection/Context è leading to New Question/Observation Reflection/Context è leading to New Question/Observation Reflection/Context è etc. This is the same structure used by both “Speed” Levitch and Sy Montgomery. It’s one that we’ve talked about at length. It’s one that works! Of course, if your profile ends up taking a different shape, feel free to modify this structure in whatever way suits your subject. Finally, you want your profile to open with a compelling introduction that is rich with desсrіption and poses your initial questions about your subject AND, in your conclusion, you want to leave the reader with deeper questions that they will carry with them long past the reading of your piece. Have fun with the assignment! Try to allow your questions and observations to lead you somewhere unexpected.
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