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1 Titling Your Essay How to Create a Catchy, but Informative, Title for an Analytical Essay
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3 Steps to Creating Your Title (adapted from WikiHow article “How to Find a Catchy Title for Your Paper/Essay”)How to Find a Catchy Title for Your Paper/Essay 1.Determine your essay’s theme. Titles are designed to let readers anticipate whether or not they’re interested in the content of the work. This means that your title should be specific enough to prepare the reader for your argument, not simply some vague larger topic (ex. death, symbolism, etc.).
4 Steps to Creating Your Title (adapted from WikiHow article “How to Find a Catchy Title for Your Paper/Essay”)How to Find a Catchy Title for Your Paper/Essay 2.Determine your audience. Who are you writing this essay for? A friend? A teacher? The general public? The language you use, including the title, should change depending on your audience. Once you figure out who your audience is, put yourself in your audience’s shoes: what would draw you to read your essay? Clarity? Brevity? Humor?
5 Steps to Creating Your Title (adapted from WikiHow article “How to Find a Catchy Title for Your Paper/Essay”)How to Find a Catchy Title for Your Paper/Essay 3.Find a catchy phrase. Option #1: Pull a phrase out of your essay. You might be able to find a word or phrase in your essay that both captures your thesis (or theme) and your audience's imagination. The concluding paragraph, for example, should already have done the heavy lifting in terms of condensing the main point of the paper; in fact, borrowing a phrase from the conclusion and using it as your title will give your essay a nice “circle” effect, providing the reader with a sense of closure.
6 Steps to Creating Your Title (adapted from WikiHow article “How to Find a Catchy Title for Your Paper/Essay”)How to Find a Catchy Title for Your Paper/Essay 3.Find a catchy phrase. Option #2: Use a quotation from the text. If the author of the work you’re referencing has already said it better than you ever could, go ahead and use a quoted snippet in your title. However, don’t let this be a standalone solution: make sure to modify the quote so that the purpose of your essay still comes through (e.g., “Borne Ceaselessly Back: Retrospective Narration in The Great Gatsby”).
7 Steps to Creating Your Title (adapted from WikiHow article “How to Find a Catchy Title for Your Paper/Essay”)How to Find a Catchy Title for Your Paper/Essay 3.Find a catchy phrase. Option #3: Use a quotation from a source other than the text. You might try picking a few key words of your essay topic and entering them into a quotations search website such as Bartlett's Quotations. If you find a relevant quote, pick a fragment of it and use it as your title.
8 Steps to Creating Your Title (adapted from WikiHow article “How to Find a Catchy Title for Your Paper/Essay”)How to Find a Catchy Title for Your Paper/Essay Suggestion: Use a Subtitle If you have a catchy title that doesn't give enough information, use it anyway but clarify it using a subtitle. This can also help spice up a boring title. Separate the catchy part from the informative part with a colon. Examples: – It’s a Frog’s Life: The Lifespan of a South American Tree Frog – The Stronger Sex?: A Comparison between the Roles of Women in The Metamorphosis and The Stranger
9 MLA Rules for Titles: General Rules After your heading (using the MLA format), double space and center the title. Do not underline, italicize, or place your title in quotation marks; write the title in Title Case (standard capitalization), not in all capital letters.
10 Sample First Page with Title
12 MLA Rules for Titles: Capitalization Capitalize all words except prepositions, conjunctions, and articles. – Prepositions are words that show position or location in space or time: on, to, over, under, through, between, before, after. – Conjunctions are words that link words, phrases, and sentences together: and, but, or, for, yet, nor, so. – Articles precede nouns. There are only two articles in English: “the" and "a/an." If you are not sure whether a word should be capitalized in a title, look the word up in a dictionary. The dictionary definition should have a small italicized letter like v. or prep. that indicates which part of speech a word is. Once you know which part of speech or word type a word falls into, you will know whether to capitalize it or not. Example: The Symbols and Myths between the Pages
13 MLA Rules for Titles: References to Titles of Other Works Use quotation marks and/or italics when referring to other works in your title, just as you would in your text. Examples: – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as Morality Play – Human Weariness in "After Apple Picking"
14 Now create your own! Using the rules and tips we just reviewed, create a catchy but informative title for your analytical essay. Remember that it should tell the reader exactly what YOUR particular essay will be about. Since we are all responding to the same essay prompt, you want to distinguish your paper from the others.
The Great Hero Odysseus Essay
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Fictional heroes in literature are characters that embark on grueling, mind-altering journeys even though they receive no personal gain from these missions. Heroes overcome difficult challenges and resist temptations while also learning important life lessons and acquiring an enlightened perspective. The epic poem The Odyssey by Homer chronicles the great hero Odysseus’s return trip to Ithaka. His long and demanding voyage to his homeland leaves Odysseus a changed man. However, many argue whether Odysseus truly earns the title of “hero.” There is evidence for both sides of this argument. Because of his cleverness, his undying bravery and his ability to learn from past mistakes, Odysseus proves himself a hero. Odysseus’s clever and…show more content…
Odysseus even lies to Athena about his true identity when he first arrives on the island. Athena describes Odysseus as a “chameleon” and a “bottomless bag of tricks” (XIII, 374-375). Even in his own homeland, Odysseus does not let his guard down so easily because he knows everything is just beginning. The great hero is also able to think quickly on his feet and trick others to avoid sticky situations. For example when Polyphemos asks Odysseus his name, he replies simply: “My name is Nohbdy: mother, father, and friends, everyone calls me Nohbdy” (IX, 397 -398). When Polyphemos calls for help from his fellow Kyklops, they believe he is crazy for screaming, “Nohbdy, Nohbdy’s tricked me, Nohbdy’s ruined me--” (IX, 444), and do not run to help him. This enables Odysseus and his men to escape the giant unharmed. Quick-thinking and wily skills permit Odysseus to prevail over challenges. The iron courage Odysseus displays in the face of danger builds a strong sense of loyalty and obedience among his men. By battling monsters and powerful gods, Odysseus proves to his crew that he is fearless. He first proves this when he blinds Polyphemos so that they can all escape a terrible death. Although the Kyklops is physically stronger, Odysseus does not allow this to stop him from overcoming the odds and saving everyone’s life. Fearlessness is also displayed when Odysseus confronts Kirke about his men: “Without a word, I drew my sharpened sword and in on bound held it