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An Essay On An Interpretation

If you are skilled at creative writing and prefer to take projects that involve creative writing, please make sure you know what is expected from personal interpretation of a specific fiction story/essay.

Your personal interpretation of a fiction story/essay should consist of traditional three parts: Introduction (Introductory Paragraph), Body, and Conclusion.

It is important to understand and keep in mind throughout the whole essay writing process that an interpretation does NOT judge the story, its author, or its characters based on personal ethics/morality. An interpretation focuses on the meaning of the story/essay and analyzes how that meaning is conveyed to the reader.

If, for example, you are to provide your interpretation of a fictional story that focuses on gender identity, you, as a writer, will be expected to present your own interpretation of gender (in this case, how you personally define masculinity/femininity) and you will expected to relate this definition of yours to how the story explores the gender issue. The purpose of your essay is therefore to offer your reader an insight into the characters and meaning (theme) of the story by relying on your own ideas as a lens through which to focus your analysis. Therefore, in the introductory paragraph you may even refer to existing societal, cultural, biological, religious, philosophical, or idealistic views of what it means to be a man or a woman and assert whether or not you find these notions relevant to a particular definition of masculinity or femininity.

In the body of your essay you will synthesize the discussion of your own definition with the one described in the story in a coherent and clear manner. It is important that you use specific criteria in evaluating the story, supporting them with appropriate details and at least three direct quotes from the story itself.

Find out now what customer is most likely to look for in Personal Interpretation Essay:

An interesting and informative title

An introductory paragraph that establishes the voice, clear focus, and a controlling idea (thesis) of your essay

Smooth organization (with a strong beginning, middle, and end), and lots of vivid details that support your analysis and make your paper come to life.

-Effective grammar and varied sentence structure

Specific examples from your experience to support your claim

Specific examples from the story itself to support your interpretation

At least three direct quotes from the story

A conclusion that reiterates the meaning of the story and explains how effectively the story conveys that meaning to you

Correct in-text citation and incorporation of quotes in the citation style required (usu. MLA)

(Recommendations are mostly based on the Blair Handbook, 5E by Toby Fulwiler and Alan R. Hayakawa)

Interpreting the question not only saves you time, because you avoid spending hours taking irrelevant and unusable notes, but also gives you a clearer idea of what the question is getting at and a better understanding of what the examiner is looking for in your work.

Even more, it gives you the opportunity to get your own ideas and insights involved at an early stage. Without this your work can seem routine and predictable: at best just the re-cycling of ideas that dominate the subject. So, what should you be looking for when you interpret a question? All essay questions tell you two things:

1. Structure

By interpreting the question thoughtfully you will be able to unravel the structure your essay should adopt for you to deal relevantly with all the issues it raises.

2. The range of abilities

It will also reveal the range of abilities the examiner is expecting to see you use in answering the question. Otherwise you may find yourself writing an essay that is largely descriptive of the topic, when the examiner is asking you to analyse and discuss it critically.

This content has been written by Bryan Greetham, author of How to Write Better Essays.

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