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Your Last Name 1 Critical Response Essay Unit 4 Revised Portfolio 1. Complete the map on pages 1-3 2. Use your map as your starting point and write your final draft starting on page 4 3. Submit this document to the U4 lesson 10 Dropbox Choose one of the following stories from Unit 4: “Nethergrave,” “A Sound of Thunder,” or “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” to answer the following essay question: What is the theme of the story and what events/details from the story illustrate that theme? Write a 5 paragraph essay response, and be sure to cite specific quotations from the text that support the theme. Definition of Theme: A theme is a universal idea, lesson, or message explored throughout a work of literature. One key characteristic of literary themes is their universality. They express broader truths about human experience that readers can apply to their own lives. Examples of themes: love is blind, getting revenge on someone else will not fix your problems, learning to forgive is part of becoming an adult, human judgement is imperfect. MAP Intro paragraph: Hook (grab reader’s interest in your topic): Background (Give a short summary of the text you are writing about 2-3 sentences): Thesis: (re-state the prompt & add your 3 topics/reasons) Use this thesis if you want: In the short story , the author __________ expresses the theme __________ and this is revealed through Topic 1, Topic 2, and Topic 3. (list the 3 topics of your 3 body paragraphs ). Body Paragraph 1- Topic 1: Topic sentence that begins with a transition (Ex: First, To start, For instance): (Ex: First, the theme that people use escape mechanisms to deal with the reality of their own life is seen in Mitty’s constant daydreaming about being someone else.) Quotation (copy exactly from the text and use quotes): (EX: “In the operating room there were whispered introductions: ‘Dr. Remington, Dr. Mitty. Mr. Pritchard-Mitford, Dr. Mitty.’ ‘I’ve read your book on streptothricosis,’ said Pritchard-Mitford, shaking hands. ‘A brilliant performance, sir.’ ‘Thank you,’ said Walter Mitty.”) Your Last Name 2 Body Paragraph 2- Topic 2: Topic sentence that begins with a transition: (Ex: In addition, Also, Besides, Furthermore ) Quotation: Explain quote (1-2 sentences): Wrap-up (1-2 sentences): Body Paragraph 3- Topic 3: Topic sentence that begins with a transition: (Ex: Lastly, Moreover, Finally) Quotation: Explain quote (1-2 sentences): Wrap-up (1-2 sentences): Your Last Name 3 Conclusion paragraphRe-state thesis using different words than above: Summarize your main points: End with a final thought or comment for the reader to reflect on: (Ex: Escape through fantasy can be healthy when people dream of ideas and future possibilities for themselves. Escape can also be a sign that something is not right in someone’s life. When people use escape mechanisms and don’t do anything to improve their lives, it is just a way to stay stuck in their problems; as it was for poor Walter Mitty!) Keep Scrolling… Your Final Draft will start on page 4 Title Here Your Last Name 4 Your Last Name 5 Helpful Hints: Sentence Starters for Introducing a Quote: In this passage, (character’s name or the narrator) illustrates the theme: “______________________” (Author’s Last Name). The narrator describes how the character behaves: “_______________” (Author’s Last Name). The (character’s name or narrator) explains his/her reasoning: “_____________” (Author’s Last Name). This event explains how (character’s name or narrator) reached this point: “______________” (Author’s Last Name). One quote that supports this theme is “_____________________” (Author’s Last Name). Sentence Starters for Explaining a Quote: (Author’s Last Name) provides an example of theme by/when __________. The theme is presented in this portion of the story to ____________ (effect it has on the story). It is here that (Author’s Last Name) uses the theme to ______________. This example shows how this character is ________________. This illustrates that _______________. This is evidence of _______________. Essay Note: When writing Critical Response Essays, always use present tense, even if the story is written in past tense. For example, in your essay you would say, Eckles steps off the path on his way back to the time capsule rather than Eckles stepped off the path on his way back to the time capsule. Use the present tense of verbs when referring to the events in the stories or analyzing literary elements of a story. Your Last Name 6 n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n Th E S E C R E T Li F E O F WA LTE R M iT T Y James thurber “We’re rakishly in a carelessly unusual way auxiliary reserve; used when something else fails 328 29992MVPathways.indb 328 going through!” The Commander’s voice was like thin ice breaking. He wore his full-dress uniform, with the heavily braided white cap pulled down rakishly over one cold gray eye. “We can’t make it, sir. It’s spoiling for a hurricane, if you ask me.” “I’m not asking you, Lieutenant Berg,” said the Commander. “Throw on the power lights! Rev her up to 8500! We’re going through!” The pounding of the cylinders increased: ta-pocketa-pocketa-pocketapocketa-pocketa. The Commander stared at the ice forming on the pilot window. He walked over and twisted a row of complicated dials. “Switch on No. 8 auxiliary!” he shouted. “Switch on No. 8 auxiliary!” repeated Lieutenant Berg. “Full strength in No. 3 turret!” shouted the Commander. “Full strength in No. 3 turret!” The crew, bending to their various tasks in the huge, hurtling eightengined Navy hydroplane, looked at each other and grinned. “The Old Man’ll get us through,” they said to one another. “The Old Man ain’t afraid of hell!” . . . “Not so fast! You’re driving too fast!” said Mrs. Mitty. “What are you driving so fast for?” “Hmm?” said Walter Mitty. He looked at his wife, in the seat beside him, with shocked astonishment. She seemed grossly unfamiliar, like a strange woman who had yelled at him in a crowd. “You were up to fifty-five,” she said. “You know I don’t like to go more than forty. You were up to fifty-five.” Walter Mitty drove on toward Waterbury in silence, the roaring of the SN202 through the worst storm in twenty years of Navy flying fading in the remote, intimate airways of his mind. “You’re tensed up again,” said Mrs. Mitty. “It’s one of your days. I wish you’d let Dr. Renshaw look you over.” Walter Mitty stopped the car in front of the building where his wife went to have her hair done. “Remember to get those overshoes while I’m having my hair done,” she said. “I don’t need overshoes,” said Mitty. She put her mirror back into her bag. “We’ve been all through that,” she said, getting out of the car. “You’re not a young man any longer.” He raced the engine a little. “Why don’t you wear your gloves? Have you lost your gloves?” Walter Mitty reached in a pocket and brought out the gloves. He put them on, but after she had turned and gone into unit Four other Worlds 1/18/13 2:06 PM n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n the building and he had driven on to a red light, he took them off again. “Pick it up, brother!” snapped a cop as the light changed, and Mitty hastily pulled on his gloves and lurched ahead. He drove around the streets aimlessly for a time, and then he drove past the hospital on his way to the parking lot. . . . “It’s the millionaire banker, Wellington McMillan,” said the pretty nurse. “Yes?” said Walter Mitty, removing his gloves slowly. “Who has the case?” “Dr. Renshaw and Mr. Benbow, but there are two specialists here, Dr. Remington from New York and Mr. Pritchard-Mitford from London. He flew over.” A door opened down a long, cool corridor and Dr. Renshaw came out. He looked distraught and haggard. “Hello, Mitty,” he said. “We’re having the devil’s own time with McMillan, 1 the millionaire banker and close personal friend of Roosevelt. Obstreosis of the ductal tract. Tertiary.2 Wish you’d take a look at him.” “Glad to,” said Mitty. In the operating room there were whispered introductions: “Dr. Remington, Dr. Mitty. Mr. Pritchard-Mitford, Dr. Mitty.” “I’ve read your book on streptothricosis,” 3 said Pritchard-Mitford, shaking hands. “A brilliant performance, sir.” “Thank you,” said Walter Mitty. “Didn’t know you were in the States, Mitty,” grumbled Remington. “Coals to Newcastle, bringing Mitford and me up here for a tertiary.” “You are very kind,” said Mitty. A huge, complicated machine, connected to the operating table, with many tubes and wires, began at this moment to go pocketa-pocketa-pocketa. “The new anesthetizer is giving way!” shouted an intern. “There is no one in the East who knows how to fix it!” “Quiet, man!” said Mitty, in a low, cool voice. He sprang to the machine, which was now going pocketa-pocketa-queep-pocketa-queep. He began fingering delicately a row of glistening dials. “Give me a fountain pen!” he snapped. Someone handed him a fountain pen. He pulled a faulty piston out of the machine and inserted the pen in its place. “That will hold for ten minutes,” he said. “Get on with the operation. A nurse hurried over and whispered to Renshaw, and Mitty saw the man turn pale. “Coreopsis4 has set in,” said Renshaw nervously. “If you would take over, Mitty?” Mitty looked at him and at the craven figure of Benbow, who drank, and at the grave, uncertain faces of the two great specialists. “If you wish,” haggard having a worn appearance craven lacking the least bit of courage 1 Roosevelt: Franklin delano roosevelt, then the President of the united States 2 Obstreosis of the ductal tract. Tertiary: pseudo-medical jargon 3 streptothricosis: another pseudo-medical term, related to a latin word for bacteria 4 Coreopsis: another pseudo-medical term—coreopsis is the latin name for a common yellow flower the Secret life of Walter mitty 29992MVPathways.indb 329 329 1/18/13 2:06 PM n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n vaulted jumped insolent insultingly disrespectful he said. They slipped a white gown on him; he adjusted a mask and drew on thin gloves; nurses handed him shining . . . “Back it up, Mac!! Look out for that Buick!” Walter Mitty jammed on the brakes. “Wrong lane, Mac,” said the parking-lot attendant, looking at Mitty closely. “Gee. Yeh,” muttered Mitty. He began cautiously to back out of the lane marked “Exit Only.” “Leave her sit there,” said the attendant. “I’ll put her away.” Mitty got out of the car. “Hey, better leave the key.” “Oh,” said Mitty, handing the man the ignition key. The attendant vaulted into the car, backed it up with insolent skill, and put it where it belonged. They’re so damn cocky, thought Walter Mitty, walking along Main Street; they think they know everything. Once he had tried to take his chains5 off, outside New Milford, and he had got them wound around the axles. A man had had to come out in a wrecking car and unwind them, a young, grinning garageman. Since then Mrs. Mitty always made him drive to a garage to have the chains taken off. The next time, he thought, I’ll wear my right arm in a sling; they won’t grin at me then. I’ll have my right arm in a sling and they’ll see I couldn’t possibly take the chains off myself. He kicked at the slush on the sidewalk. “Overshoes,” he said to himself, and he began looking for a shoe store. When he came out into the street again, with the overshoes in a box under his arm, Walter Mitty began to wonder what the other thing was his wife had told him to get. She had told him twice before they set out from their house for Waterbury. In a way he hated these weekly trips to town—he was always getting something wrong. Kleenex, he thought, Squibb’s,6 razor blades? No. Toothpaste, toothbrush, bicarbonate, Carborundum,7 initiative and referendum? He gave it up. But she would remember it. “Where’s the what’s-its-name?” she would ask. “Don’t tell me you forgot the what’s-its-name.” A newsboy went by shouting something about the Waterbury trial. . . . “Perhaps this will refresh your memory.” The District Attorney suddenly thrust a heavy automatic at the quiet figure on the witness stand. “Have you ever seen this before?’’ Walter Mitty took the gun and examined it expertly. “This is my Webley-Vickers 50.80,” he said calmly. An excited buzz ran around the courtroom. The judge rapped for order. “You are a crack shot with any sort of firearms, I 5 chains: short for snow chains, which are chains put on tires to give traction in snow 6 Squibb’s: a popular pharmaceutical product made by the Squibb corporation 7 Carborundum: a brand of sandpaper 330 29992MVPathways.indb 330 unit Four other Worlds 1/18/13 2:06 PM n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n believe?” said the District Attorney, insinuatingly. “Objection!” shouted Mitty’s attorney. “We have shown that the defendant could not have fired the shot. We have shown that he wore his right arm in a sling on the night of the fourteenth of July.” Walter Mitty raised his hand briefly and the bickering attorneys were stilled. “With any known make of gun,” he said evenly, “I could have killed Gregory Fitzhurst at three hundred feet with my left hand.” Pandemonium broke loose in the courtroom. A woman’s scream rose above the bedlam and suddenly a lovely, dark-haired girl was in Walter Mitty’s arms. The District Attorney struck at her savagely. Without rising from his chair, Mitty let the man have it on the point of the chin. “You miserable cur!”. . . “Puppy biscuit,” said Walter Mitty. He stopped walking and the buildings of Waterbury rose up out of the misty courtroom and surrounded him again. A woman who was passing laughed. “He said ‘Puppy biscuit,’“ she said to her companion. “That man said ‘Puppy biscuit’ to himself.” Walter Mitty hurried on. He went into 8 an A. & P., not the first one he came to but a smaller one farther up the street. “I want some biscuit for small, young dogs,” he said to the clerk. “Any special brand, sir?” The greatest pistol shot in the world thought a moment. “It says ‘Puppies Bark for It’ on the box,” said Walter Mitty. His wife would be through at the hairdresser’s in fifteen minutes Mitty saw in looking at his watch, unless they had trouble drying it; sometimes they had trouble drying it. She didn’t like to get to the hotel first; she would want him to be there waiting for her as usual. He found a big leather chair in the lobby, facing a window, and he put the overshoes and the puppy biscuit on the floor beside it. He picked up an old copy of Liberty and sank down into the chair. “Can Germany Conquer the World Through the Air?” Walter Mitty looked at the pictures of bombing planes and of ruined streets. . . . “The cannonading9 has got the wind up in10 young Raleigh, sir,” said the sergeant. Captain Mitty looked up at him through tousled hair. “Get him to bed,” he said wearily. “With the others. I’ll fly alone.” “But you can’t, sir,” said the sergeant anxiously. “It takes two men to handle that bomber and the Archies11 are bedlam uproar; confusion cur surly, cowardly fellow; also mutt or mixed breed dog 8 A. & P.: short for atlantic & Pacific tea company, which operated food stores mainly along the eastern seaboard from connecticut to maryland 9 cannonading: attacking with artillery 10 got the wind up in: excited; upset 11 Archies: a term from the First World War for anti-aircraft fire the Secret life of Walter mitty 29992MVPathways.indb 331 331 1/18/13 2:06 PM n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n rending splitting derisive expressing scorn or contempt disdainful full of contempt inscrutable mysterious; not readily understood pounding hell out of the air. Von Richtman’s circus is between here and Saulier.”12 “Somebody’s got to get that ammunition dump,” said Mitty. “I’m going over. Spot of brandy?” He poured a drink for the sergeant and one for himself. War thundered and whined around the dugout and battered at the door. There was a rending of wood and splinters flew through the room. “A bit of a near thing,” said Captain Mitty carelessly. “The box barrage13 is closing in,” said the sergeant. “We only live once, Sergeant,” said Mitty, with his faint, fleeting smile. “Or do we?” He poured another brandy and tossed it off. “I never see a man could hold his brandy like you, sir,” said the sergeant. “Begging your pardon, sir.” Captain Mitty stood up and strapped on his huge WebleyVickers automatic. “It’s forty kilometers through hell, sir,” said the sergeant. Mitty finished one last brandy. “After all,” he said softly, “what isn’t?” The pounding of the cannon increased; there was the rat-tat-tatting of machine guns, and from somewhere came the menacing pocketa-pocketa-pocketa of the new flame-throwers. Walter Mitty walked to the door of the dugout humming “Aupres de Ma Blonde.”14 He turned and waved to the sergeant. “Cheerio!” he said. . . . Something struck his shoulder. “I’ve been looking all over this hotel for you,” said Mrs. Mitty. “Why do you have to hide in this old chair? How did you expect me to find you?” “Things close in,” said Walter Mitty vaguely. “What?” Mrs. Mitty said. “Did you get the what’s-its-name? The puppy biscuit? What’s in that box?” “Overshoes,” said Mitty. “Couldn’t you have put them on in the store?” “I was thinking,” said Walter Mitty. “Does it ever occur to you that I am sometimes thinking?” She looked at him. “I’m going to take your temperature when I get you home,” she said. They went out through the revolving doors that made a faintly derisive whistling sound when you pushed them. It was two blocks to the parking lot. At the drugstore on the corner she said, “Wait here for me. I forgot something. I won’t be a minute.” She was more than a minute. Walter Mitty lighted a cigarette. It began to rain, rain with sleet in it. He stood up against the wall of the drugstore, smoking. . . . He put his shoulders back and his heels together. “To hell with the handkerchief,” said Walter Mitty scornfully. He took one last drag on his cigarette and snapped it away. Then, with that faint, fleeting smile playing about his lips, he faced the firing squad; erect and motionless, proud and disdainful, Walter Mitty the Undefeated, inscrutable to the last. 12 von Richtman’s circus is between here and Saulier: military-sounding jargon 13 box barrage: an anti-aircraft barrage delivered in a box-shape pattern by guns 14 “Aupres de Ma Blonde”: French for “next to my Girlfriend,” the title of a song whose lively melody is used for military marches 332 29992MVPathways.indb 332 unit Four other Worlds 1/18/13 2:06 PM ...
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Critical Response Essay
Unit 4 Revised Portfolio
1. Complete the map on pages 1-3
2. Use your plan as your starting point and write your final draft starting on page 4
3. Submit this document to the U4 lesson 10 Dropbox
Choose one of the following stories from Unit 4: “Nethergrave,” “A Sound of Thunder,” or “The Secret Life of
Walter Mitty" to answer the next essay question:
What is the theme of the story, and what events/details from the story illustrate that theme? Write a 5
paragraph essay response, and be sure to cite specific quotations from the text that support the idea.
Definition of Theme: A theme is a universal idea, lesson, or message explored throughout a work of literature.
One key characteristic of literary themes is their universality. They express broader truths about the human
experience that readers can apply to their own lives. Examples of topics: love is blind, getting revenge on
someone else will not fix your problems; learning to forgive is part of becoming an adult, human judgment is
imperfect.

MAP Intro paragraph:
Hook (grab reader’s interest in your topic): James Thurber feels inferior to his wife throughout his married
life. He learns to reveal or share his feelings by drafting short stories and showing cartoons. By so doing, he
avoids his everyday life with his dear wife.

Background (Give a summary of the text you are writing about 2-3 sentences): The author creatively uses
various story elements in the narration. He employs the use of cartoons, styles like humor, and imagination to
express his ideas.

Thesis: (re-state the prompt & add your 3 topics/reasons) Use this thesis if you want: In the short story
“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" , the author James Thurber expresses the theme of Fantasy and reality, and
this is revealed through heroic ability, the form of his third daydream and his servility.

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Critical Response Essay

Body Paragraph 1- Topic 1: The third-day dream
Topic sentence that begins with a t...

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