Midterm Reflection Assignment
Your midterm assignment has two parts. You must complete all parts to receive full credit for this assignment.
MID-TERM REFLECTION
Take a moment of self-reflection and consider the reading and writing work we have done in this course so far. In a well-organized paper of 1-2 pages, review the progress you have made and consider aspects you would like to examine more closely. Consider the following questions:

How well have you kept up with the class readings? What are your techniques of reading critically? Have you read all assigned texts thoroughly and marked significant details or taken notes? If not, why?
What do you feel are the strongest aspects of your writing? What aspects of your writing would you like to improve?
Looking back at the class readings and assignments, is there a specific topic you would like to explore more?Error Tracking Form

Include below one or two examples of each type of recurrent errors that you make in your papers and other class writings. Include both grammar and mechanics, and MLA-style errors (If you make different types of comma errors, make sure to identify each type separately.) Highlight the correction you made. Use this log to proofread future writings before you submit them for a grade.

BE SURE TO ERASE THE INSTRUCTIONS & EXAMPLES BEFORE TURNING IN THE ERROR FORM. ADD ROWS TO THE TABLE AS NEEDED (Click on Table – Insert – Rows)

SENTENCE WITH ERROR

In this column, copy and paste the sentence that contains the sentence-level error from your essay or other class writings. Highlight the error.

CORRECTED SENTENCE

In this column, edit the sentence that contains the error. Correct the error. Highlight the correction made.

RULE THAT APPLIES TO ERROR

In this column, define the error and explain what it is. Cite a source (either your handbook chapter or a reputable web page such as Purdue OWL).

EXAMPLE:
This issue must be taken seriously and it must also be taken into account…

This issue must be taken seriously, and it must also be taken into account…

Comma required to join two independent clauses with a coordinating conjunction
Source: …

EXAMPLE:
When he left town he forgot his wallet.

When he left town, he forgot his wallet.

A sentence with an introductory element requires a comma. In this case, there is a prepositional clause.
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EXAMPLE:
Everyone has their own opinion on the role of art in society.

Everyone has his/her own opinion on the role of art in society.

The pronoun and the antecedent (the part it refers to) must agree in number. Everyone is singular pronoun.
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EXAMPLE:
The writer calls graffiti a “subversive form of art” (Willoughby, p. 13)

The writer calls graffiti a “subversive form of art” (Willoughby 13)

MLA in-text citations do not use p. or comma between author’s name and page number.
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Your midterm portfolio assignment has two parts. You must complete all parts to receive full credit for this assignment.

PART ONE: MID-TERM REFLECTION
Take a moment of self-reflection and consider the reading and writing work we have done in this course so far. IN a well-organized paper of 1-2 pages, review the progress you have made and consider aspects you would like to examine more closely. Consider the following questions:
· How well have you kept up with the class readings? What are your techniques of reading critically? Have you read all assigned texts thoroughly and marked significant details or taken notes? If not, why?
· What do you feel are the strongest aspects of your writing? What aspects of your writing would you like to improve?
· How helpful are the class discussions, peer reviews, and the instructor’s comments on your work for rethinking and revising your work?
· Looking back at the class readings and assignments, is there a specific topic you would like to explore more?

PART TWO: ERROR TRACKING FORM
Review the work you have completed in this course, including discussion boards and journals, and identify your patterns of error. Pay close attention to the areas of your writing that have been pointed out or mentioned in the instructor’s remarks. After identifying these errors, consult the sections of the handbook (A Pocket Style Manual by Hacker and Summers) relating to the issues at stake, or use a reputable online source (such as Purdue Owl) to review the rules behind the errors. Fill in the error tracking form provided on Canvas.1

Jamia S. Douglas
LIT 2010
Professor Jacob Henson

09/24/2020
Pity as Demonstrated By Culwin in The Eyes
“The Eyes” is a story by Edith Wharton, which she wrote in 1910. “The Eyes” is a major theme in this literary piece that employs a ghost story framework to showcase an internal experience. Andrew Culwin is an aging protagonist in the story who has absolute egotism. He has not allowed it to be threatened by any human being by becoming involved with them (Wharton). He is well educated and wealthy, and he has hosted his friends for a dinner party. Culwin’s friends are sharing tales of psychic encounters that they have witnessed, and it is at this time that Culwin offers to share his own story. “The Eyes” is taking place in Culwin’s home and, to be specific, in a library that is filled with cigar smoke. The leather chairs and cigar describes Culwin and his lavish life. As he tells his ghost story, Culwin gives constant descriptions of other people through their wealth, intelligence, and looks, and an assumption can be made that these aspects are lower than his (Wharton). He consistently shows pity for other characters throughout the story, although the story mainly focuses on the set of eyes haunting him. Themes are literary devices, and pity and social norms are explored in “The Eyes.” Culwin emphasizes on the “other,” which implies individuals who are unsocial, unintelligent, poor, and unattractive. Showing pity to them in an aspect that is unavoidable and especially when being wealthy, having a good education, and being attractive persist being a prominent aspect of the social status. When there is a sharp divide between two classes of people in the society, the wealthy and the poor, they will always judge others. Through the ghost story, Culwin portrays the social normality where those who are inferior or the “other” are pitied.
Alice, in the story, is Culwin’s cousin. His perception of women is that they are only necessary because of the roles that they have to perform, such as cooking. He, therefore, sees Alice as an unfortunate woman. Despite the pity, Culwin goes ahead to describe her as follows, “she was neither beautiful nor intelligent-poor Alice Nowell!—but it interested me to see any woman content to be so uninteresting…” (Wharton, Part 11 para 5). Culwin could not understand how a woman can be contented despite being unattractive and uninteresting.
In another instance, Alice kisses Culwin showing her bravely, and in return, he promises that he will marry her (Wharton, Section 2, para 7). Further into the story, it is evident that he does not want to hurt her, and the reader gets insights that Culwin’s proposal to Alice is due to pity. However, in a pretentious manner, he reassures himself that he consciously commits a good act towards her (Wharton, Section 2, para 9). In the 21st century, pity would be among the last reasons for proposing to someone. The story, being written in 1910, an engagement out of pity could have been Out of the two subjects, I will choose option A which is about “The Rotifer: A Story” by Mary Ladd Gavell. As I would see it, the way that brings together every one of the three pieces of the story is that toward the finish of each part it covers one another. To some extent one of the story, the storyteller is portraying themselves during a lab class which they just took for a prerequisite. She keeps on talking about the class and what they are doing during that time. This is associated with section two of the story which starts off by the storyteller referencing the lab teacher and afterward talks about working in a library where she should figure out archives of the Benton family. The records she experiences are love letters, reports, and numerous different archives that were significant. To some degree three, the storyteller makes reference to that her cousin began living in a similar city as her which brought about them talking and being well disposed. All through section three she specifies that her cousin was getting hitched yet following a couple of years they had separated after her dad passed on. Each aspect of the story interfaces which shows a continuous time change from being an understudy to being a more seasoned individual that experiences various occasions throughout everyday life.The story “Connecticut” is a very artistic preview of romanticism; Eugene Walter has beautifully portrayed the significance of love and compassion of the characters towards nature. The writer has the mettle of hemming the very strong attitude of romanticism into the details of the tale. Symbols like the garden and the cat used in the story have added more potential and aesthetics to the idea of the story. The sketch revolves around an alone woman who has lost her husband and has a pet cat whom she got one day on her way named Barbarossa. Garden in the story symbolizes the character’s plunge from pleasure and love to the gloominess whereas the cat again takes her to bliss and contentment. This character symbolizes the idea of the romantic moment which has started at the end of the 18th century when several romantic authors like Edgar Allen Poe, Eugene Walter, and Nathaniel Hawthorne have helped their writings with the connection of nature and human psychology. Basically, loneliness and isolation have commenced the thought of writings based on romanticism, the fine points which can interpret the story more particularly especially, the love for nature when the Character was with her husband, that how she enjoyed the strong connection with nature while being with him. Again the cat Barbarossa symbolizes nature and took her towards optimism and cheerfulness. Presenting significance to the sentiments and perception over rationale is the uniqueness of American Romanticism. It avoids the outer pretense of the society and people and puts more reliance on internal understandings of the things. American romanticism favors the medieval over the orthodox which was the reaction of the age of enlightenment and the industrial revolution at the end of the 18th century. Romantics were so skeptical of the world and tend to believe that the bond to nature is spiritually and morally healthy.
 
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References

WALTER, E. (1959). CONNECTICUT. The Transatlantic Review, (1), 59-65.Running Head: SWEAT STORY 1
SWEAT STORY 4

Sweat Story
Jamia Douglas
LIT 2010
September 26, 2020

‘Looka heah, Sykes , you done gone too fur. Ah been married to you fur fifteen years, and ah been takin” in washin” fur fifteen years. Sweat, sweat, sweat! Work and sweat, cry and sweat, pray and sweat!” is a sentence that has been quoted in the passage in the first page showing racism and cases of class. The view of race that the selected symbol represents in my opinion is that of poverty and discrimination. Poverty is one of the hardships that is being faced by Delia and Sykes. With this poverty comes the racial discrimination that makes the matters worse in the relationship between the two of them (Bere & Arianto, 2019). The two being faced by many problems that are too hard for them to manage, the husband ends up becoming abusive because he cannot provide for the wife. Sykes is often treating Delia very harshly and even orders her to go and do washing from outside.
Delia is a hardworking woman and all her life she has spent it working in the house and it is so tiring that why she says that all year round is Sweat. Sykes is seen to be a very unkind man and he resents all the work that Delia does even for the fact that it helps and supports him. He tries all the time to command his presence in the house and act as the head of the family and in doing this he ends up hurting the lady. He has been seen threatening her many times because Delia was hesitant to agree to his commands (Chakour, 2018). Delia being a working woman, Sykes tries in all ways to have financial control over her and because this is not possible, he uses physical abuse to assert his will.

Delia being the protagonist remains to be the main character in “Sweat”. Delia can be seen to be abused by Sykes due to racial discrimination. Sykes argues that Delia should not be going to wash the white clothes from the white people in their area. He feels jealous of this middle aged wife of his because as a washerwoman she is making money while he has nothing to offer on the table. He disgusts Delia making her feel that she is not worthy to wash white clothes but rather she should wash clothes from the black communities. It reaches a point where Delia threatens Sykes telling him that she would report hi to her masters if he ever lay his hands on her again (Jenkins, 2016). Sykes does not have any value for Delia because he is a black woman and she feels that they are not supposed to have anything good in life.
He treats Delia with a lot of bitterness and only stays close to her due to the fact that she is the bread winner in the family. For this reason, she continues to physically abuse her while he keeps her under his roof. Delia having to face al this troubles alone, she runs to Christianity as a source of her comfort. Sykes is a morally condemned person and he has all the reasons not to be close to Delia but Delia willingly takes the burden and accommodate him (A




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