1) 1-page analysis / thesis paragraph(s) of If Beale Street Could Talk2) Whichever writing assignment you plan to expand into your final paper
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BANAL OBSERVATION: If Beale Street Could Talk is about a guy named Fonny who goes to jail.
If Beale Street Could Talk is about a guy named Fonny and a girl named Tish who are in love.
CRITICAL OBSERVATIONS = CLAIMS:
[If Beale Street Could Talk explores the way in which…] Casually things can come up and you’ll
accept the fact that it can change your life.
James Baldwin departs from the expected flattering image of NY found in most stories and
instead dips his brush in a palette filled with pain, horror, and darkness.
Spend time to reflect in yourself your surroundings and the world.
The trials and tribulations of falling in love in a hateful environment is a key takeaway from this
Black people are not all good and white are not all bad.
Exploration of various kind of love or feeling.
These stories are about romantic and family love and struggle, and it’s about a woman with
little power who fights for herself and her loved ones.
Baldwin is highlighting the black experience in NY with characters who many consider are far
from living a preferred life.
Though the majority are determined by their surroundings, there are few who see the bigger
picture in the smaller details – the disrupters.
It’s brave to revolt against the society.
The book is about the ridiculous unfairness that can happen to one person just because of his
race. But meanwhile Baldwin is trying to tell us that there’s no difference to any race with love.
Tish she has funny and direct way of describing the whole story.
The idea of wanting to get out but being held down/back.
How the birth of a child can divide two families that are supposed to be supporting each other.
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A THESIS STATEMENT IS YOUR CONTROLLING CLAIM. (ALMOST) EVERYTHING RELATES BACK TO
AN ARGUMENT IS A CONNECTED SET OF CLAIMS THAT BUILD ON EACH OTHER AND ARE
SUPPORTED BY EVIDENCE AND ANALYSIS. THESE CLAIMS ARE CONNECTED TO ONE
CONTROLLING CLAIM (OR IDEA), I.E. A THESIS STATEMENT.
AN ARGUMENT / ESSAY NEEDS:
STRUCTURE AND DEVELOPMENT CONSIST OF:
-CENTRAL CLAIM (THESIS)
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