LC English Lab

Mr Thomas — Lynden Christian High School English

Introduction to the Ghost

     Nothing helps a writer more than catching a reader’s attention.  In this exercise, a warm-up for the synthesis essay, you will be asked to read a story and two articles; after reading, you will be charged to keep my attention through a creative exercise.  After reading Bartleby the Scrivener, read two more:

     Then, exercising creativity again, start a Microscopic Introduction starting with the sentence: “I see the ghost sitting there  . . .”  Use the abstract ideas from within these three stories to describe the Literary Ghost — the person who has been consumed by their surrounding.  

  • What consumes them?
  • Where are they present in this world? 
  • In what kind of places do they dwell?  

      You are painting a contemporary picture based on your readings.  In the Intro, use 2 of the following: Amplification (Device 31) and Anadiplosis (Device 18).  These are quick-rhythm patterns that punch the reader around a little bit — shake them out of their complacency.