“What is Sport” by Roland Barthes
2. “Death in the afternoon” by Ernest Hemingway
3. “On Bullfighting” by A. L. Kennedy
Select the statement from Barthes which you believe most loudly compels a close comparative reading of Hemingway and Kennedy. The Barthes statement ought to be no
longer than one or two sentences.
In this three- to four-page synthesis paper you will make a close reading of Hemingway and Kennedy in relation to that Barthes statement.
Be clear: Barthes opens up an area for discussion, but the thesis and body of paper are exclusive to Hemingway and Kennedy.
Overall Requirements for Synthesis
This is a short thesis-driven paper. As such, it requires everything expected of a thesis: originality, precision, depth, insight, focus. You are asked to make every
effort to go beyond the expected when reflecting on Hemingway and Kennedy.
Your thesis will be closely pursued through the paper. Each paragraph will serve to prove your thesis through a relevant main idea stated clearly in a topic sentence.
Each piece of evidence from text will be analyzed in terms its significance to your argument. It is not good enough to leave the quotation hanging there; you must
react to it.
Lengthy quotation is not permitted; you must choose wisely and well, selecting that which speaks most directly and succinctly to your thesis.
Paper Organization for Synthesis
1. Place your short Barthes statement at the very beginning of your introductory paragraph. Yes, as the very first thing in the paper.
2. Contextualize: who is writing? what is the title of the piece? Explicate: what is at issue in this statement? This will lead into the topic for your synthesis
3. Begin to set out your synthesis topic clearly, in sentences that show progress of thought: how does Barthes open up a topic area in the literature of bullfighting?
4. And how does that topic play through Hemingway’s and Kennedy’s writing about bullfighting?
5. Now get specific: the Hemingway-Kennedy thesis constructed within that topic. How are your authors connected? Your thesis is your argument within that connection.
6. Each body paragraph will serve to prove your thesis through a relevant main idea stated clearly in a topic sentence.
7. Within each paragraph: judicious choice of evidence (textual quotation, followed by MLA in-text citation) to support main ideas, followed by measured analysis of
that evidence. Each piece of evidence from text will be analyzed in terms its significance to your argument. It is not good enough to leave the quotation hanging
there; you must respond to it.
8. Your conclusion should strive for far more than a simple reproduction and summary of the paper’s main ideas. Take the space afforded by that paragraph… and reflect,
consider the ramifications of your line of argument, think about returning us to the key quotation, this time recast in different form… in other words, leave the
reader both satisfied and curious.
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