Caves of Steel Topics:
Introduce the novel's title, author, and year of publication in your opening sentence or two. Provide a brief plot summary keyed to the specific issues that you will discuss. Your opening paragraph (or at very least second paragraph) should end with a specific thesis statement that explains or identifies the purpose of the essay, what will be proved, and how it will be proved through a list of topics to be discussed.
Begin body paragraphs with topic statements, statements of opinions about story facts (interpretations), and not with the next item in the story sequence or with a wordy delay phrase like "Another way that the concept that I am discussing is shown in the way that the story was written is..."
Use italics for the titles of novels and place quotation marks around the titles of stories.
When you summarize plot, use present tense.
Introduce your quotations, establishing the speaker and context, and document properly using the MLA format: As Robert E. Lee approached President Conroy the evening before hijacking the Alabama, he wonders, "Does he suspect? Has he learned of the conspiracy?" (21). If the quote itself is a question, the end punctuation remains inside the quotation mark. Periods, however, are placed after the parentheses.
After presenting a quotation, be sure to discuss its significance or to explain how the quotation furthers your argument, unless the quote is simply illustrating a point made in the material immediately preceding the quote.
Indent and Block quotations that take up three or more lines of your text. Never end a paragraph or an essay with a block quote, or any undiscussed quotation.
Avoid the following wordy delay structures: In my opinion, I think, I feel, I believe, There is, There was, There are....Do not open sentences with wordy phrasings like "Another way that..." or "One of the reasons that" or any similar structures. Make subjects act through verbs in the beginning of your sentences. Instead of "There are many ways that Gillis affects the colony's chances for survival." write, "Gillis affects the colony's chances for survival by consuming 20% of their stored food during his 32 years alone on the Alabama." Note that the second version of the sentence includes specific details of Gillis's actions, while the "There are" opening tends to lead into vague references to his actions--"many ways." List or name the ways instead of writing general references.
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