Identities Wd Valgardson Essay

I am a terrible writer and Im seeking for help!

This is what I have so far and I feel that it is quite short for one paragraph personal response essay that was assigned. When writing personal response essay, how do I end the essay and what else can I add more to my essay?

Without a doubt, half of the story Identities by W.D Valgardson contains contrast. As I read through the first four paragraphs, I envisaged the setting that Valgardson had intended to illustrate by using contrast. Valgardson illustrates the wealthy part of the city and the poor side with such sentences. "no ragged edges, no unkempt vacant lots... and quickly, a certain untidiness creeps in: a fragment of glass, a chocolate bar wrapper..." (pg 4). As soon as I finished reading Identities, I was taken aback by the action of the police officer who shot an innocent man judging by his typical criminal appearance. The word 'lost' goes well with the protagonist as he wonders around from his shelter to experience a new world. "He does not hurry, for he has no destination. He meanders..." (pg 4). Throughout the story, I thought that the protagonist does not belong anywhere as he was unable to adapt to the new world that he was hoping to experience.

Thank you

There's hardly anything personal about your response. Try reflecting a little more.

As I read through the first four paragraphs, I envisaged the setting that Valgardson had intended to illustrate by using contrast. Valgardson illustrates the wealthy part of the city and the poor side with (insert adjective here) descriptions. For example, he writes, "no ragged edges..."

Throughout the story, I thought that the protagonist does not belong anywhere as he remained unable to adapt... ---> I added remained to make it a little more detailed.

I agree with Mustafa; you should dig deep and tell about your personal experience a little more. Add an intro para above and a conclusion below, and use the same main idea in each.

:-)

Here's a few things I think don't really fit.

Without a doubt, half of, Identities by W.D Valgardson, contains contrast. As I read through the first four paragraphs, I envisaged the setting that Valgardson had intended to illustrate by using contrast. Valgardson illustrates the wealthy part of the city and the poor side with such sentences. "no ragged edges, no unkempt vacant lots... and quickly, a certain untidiness creeps in: a fragment of glass, a chocolate bar wrapper..." (pg 4). As soon as I finished reading Identities, I was taken aback by the action of the police officer who shot an innocent man that, judging by his appearance, seemed (or looked) like a criminal to him. The word 'lost' goes well with the protagonist as he wonders around from his shelter, to experience a new world. "He does not hurry, for he has no destination. He meanders..." (pg 4). Throughout the story, I thought that the protagonist did not belong anywhere, as he was unable to adapt to the new world that he was hoping to experience.

You could add more about how you feel about it, make references to real life situations, etc.



Literary Essay- "Identities"

In the short story "Identities" by W.D Valgardson, the author uses contrast to create tension in the story by placing the character in an unfamiliar environment and by contrasting the different areas of the town he is in. This contrast creates suspense in the story and it shows that stereotypes are dangerous to society.

As the main character goes through the town, the areas change and things change from being clean and neat to dirty and broken. In the beginning of the story "The houses all face the sun. They have no artificial divisions. There is room for everyone"(3). This describes an area that is clean and orderly, and that is a neighborhood for well off people who can afford to keep everything clean. As the character passes out of this area "a certain untidiness creeps in: a fragment of glass, a chocolate bar wrapper, a plastic horse, cracked sidewalks with ridges of stiff grass"(3). This contrast in the areas shows that the character is leaving the area where he lives and knows and is moving into an area that is less familiar and could pose a threat to him. This uneasiness is also foreshadowing because the cop who ends up shooting him feels the same way and it gets the character killed.

When the character leaves his neighborhood, he steps out of his comfort area and is vulnerable because the does not know the area. An example of the contrast creating danger is that he is wearing "blue jeans-matching pants and jacket made in Paris"(4) and has an unshaven face . This would make him seem as if he fits in that area, but he is driving a gray Mercedes. These two things conflict with each other and confuse other characters, which is why there is conflict at the end of the story. The cop feels uneasy because the man looks like a stereotypical

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