colt writing -02

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Question Description

Reading link:

Alexander, The New Jim Crow, (pp. ix-58)

Alexander, The New Jim Crow, (59-96)

Writing requirement:

Close Reading #1 will be a 2-page analysis of a literary passage. Your reading should demonstrate an overall understanding of the passage’s themes, an ability to explain its formal qualities, and an ability to use the given text to articulate a definition of “the Dream.” We will be performing close readings in class every day, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to hone these skills and perform well on all your written work. With my approval, you may use one of your close readings as the basis of your final paper. A "close reading" is an analysis of both what a particular passage means and how it means.


Choose one passage from the readings we've covered so far. A "passage" can be as short as a single sentence or as long as an entire page. Analyze this passage in detail, explaining the following:

Identify the text/genre/author and properly cite the passage

How does the passage fit into the text as a whole?

What are the basic elements we need to understand in order to read this passage (characters, setting, key events, etc)? Are all those elements well established?

What message/theme/tone is the passage attempting to convey?

How does the author use literary devices in order to evoke these messages/themes/tones? (POV, metaphor, simile, repetition, etc)

How is this passage related to the course theme? (explain if this is not immediately clear from your previous analysis)

Tutor Answer

School: University of Virginia


The New Jim Crow, (pp. ix-58)
The main theme that she brings out about the mass incarceration regarding charges on drugs was
formulated to enact control on races, and it is aimed at placing people of certain skin color in a
particular permanent social, economic and political marginalization like the rules and regulation
of Jim Crow in the early twentieth and nineteenth centuries.


Student’s Name
Course Name
Instructor’s Name
The New Jim Crow
The New Jim Crow came out in such a way that people could not just ignore it. It was
being discussed all over the media platforms, and it even ended up in the list of the bestselling
literature. The presentation of the book made Alexander hero in writing and consequently
influenced the publications and release of handbooks that advocated for the adoption of a fair
criminal justice system. The way Alexander has researched for her message and the kind of
dedication she has shown on the delivery of her message makes the readers of the book be
convinced about the validi...

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