write a Closing Reading Assignment

Question Description

Read this book Dante, from Inferno, Cantos I-IV, XI, XVII & XVIII, XXXII-XXXIV translation by Mark Musa and complete a paper.

At least 1200 words


As for helping you with ideas, here is what you do:

Pick your favorite primary text we’ve read so far. If you’re still unclear about what a primary text is, Google it!

Ask yourself, “Why is this my favorite text?” and jot down your answers - be specific. For example, “I liked the part in Equiano’s narrative when he described the slave ship because ....” The “because” part is the important part of the answer. Make a list of notes.

Look over the list and compare your notes about the text you’ve chosen with the question areas from the “General Questions” handout (i.e. did you seem most to focus on the plot, the characters, the setting, or what?).

Looking at the “General Questions” handout, ask yourself the questions under whichever heading you’ve chosen in regard to the particular work (preferably the particular character, episode, or feature of the particular work) you’ve chosen. Start writing down your answers to these questions, ideally in complete sentences, using brief, targeted quotes from the text to support your answers.

Turn your answer(s) to one or more of these “General Questions” into an essay in which you TEACH a FELLOW READER (that is, someone who has also read the work in question, someone who DOES NOT NEED YOU TO SUMMARIZE) about the meaning of the text.

6. Be sure you have a clear thesis statement, if possible (and Googling “literary thesis statement” will help you get a grip on this, but partly, the assignment is a way to help you figure out what a thesis is), and be sure you support that thesis.

Be sure you have some organization for your essay, which, at a minimum, means paragraphs! Ideally, you will be building an argument that has at least a couple of propositions that need some support, and each of these propositions is likely to require writing at least one paragraph.

Be sure you use at least a few concise quotes from the text that support your argument. (Again, Googling “quoting litarery sources” will help you with this if you’re unsure about how that ought to work).

Final Answer



Closing Reading Assignment
Student’s Name
Professor’s Name




Closing Reading Assignment
The primary text derived from the book ‘Dante’s Inferno’ that is the focus of this close
reading is Canto I, the first thirty lines. This part of the tale is captivating owing to its
introductory position in the story, which helps the reader to have a clear view of the journey and
the type of writing employed throughout the text. Often writers employ the same mode of writing
in order to keep the tone and uniformity of the work, which is important in helping describe the
work in terms of genre and style of writing. In addition, the manner in which the story has been
narrated and the language employed in this section is simple yet sophisticated, the imagery used
is also captivating and vivid, allowing the reader to get lost in the story and picture themselves in
the writer’s situation. In addition, the organization of the text is consistent and chronological
allowing for an orderly unfolding of events and actions, an aspect that helps improve the flow of
the entire text and book. A closer look at the text reveals plenty of information with regards to
the styles the authors used in writing, the hidden meanings of the text and the obvious
implications of the written piece, it is a rich text that has numerous angles of analysis from a
literary perspective (Alighieri, 1995).
The first aspect of this text for consideration is the fact that the author is on a journey. It
may not be immediately clear wheth...

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Purdue University

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