ENGL 2050C Week 1: Worksheet

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Identify two literary techniques (your choice) from the “Glossary of Terms and Techniques for Literature and Creative Writing” document located in the Week 1 Learning Resources. Then write 1–2 paragraphs explaining how the selected literary techniques relate to Ensler or Stanton & Mott. Provide brief examples from this week’s readings using appropriate APA format and style.

One literary technique that relates to Ensler’s work is conflict. Ensler highlights the conflict women have in society, both culturally and politically, as it relates to their bodies. In her book “In the Body of the World,” she discusses the conflict she personally experienced due to the violation of her body by her father. This conflict resulted in her despising her own body and engaging in unhealthy coping mechanisms. Another literary technique that stands out in Ensler’s work is point of view. As the excerpt progresses, Ensler adopts a third-person point of view to retell the stories of other women who also felt exiled from their bodies. This shift in point of view allows her to explore the collective experiences of women and create a platform for them to share their stories.

ENGL 2050C Week 1: Worksheet

Stanton & Mott’s work also incorporates literary techniques, such as rhetorical devices. In their Seneca Falls Declaration, they make effective use of rhetorical strategies to convey their message and advocate for women’s rights. For example, they use repetition in phrases like “We hold these truths to be self-evident” to emphasize their demands for equality and justice. They also employ persuasive language and emotional appeals to engage the readers and inspire them to support their cause. These rhetorical techniques help to convey the urgency and importance of their vision for social change.

In 1–2 paragraphs, explain how Ensler’s and Stanton & Mott’s works have deepened your understanding of social change and informed your own social change vision. Provide brief examples from this week’s readings using appropriate APA format and style.

Reading Ensler’s and Stanton & Mott’s works has deepened my understanding of social change by shedding light on the systemic inequalities and injustices faced by women. Both authors highlight the ways in which societal norms and expectations manipulate women’s bodies and suppress their voices. For example, Ensler’s exploration of the exile women feel from their bodies due to abuse and societal pressure resonates with the broader issue of body shaming and objectification. Stanton & Mott’s Seneca Falls Declaration articulates the fundamental rights that women have been denied throughout history, challenging the existing power structures and advocating for change. These readings have reinforced my commitment to promoting gender equality and empowering women in my own social change vision. They have inspired me to challenge oppressive systems, educate myself further, and actively work towards creating a more just and equitable society for all.

ENGL 2050C Week 1: Worksheet

In 1 paragraph, describe how the required reading “How to Write a Literary Analysis Essay” enhances your understanding of one of this week’s required readings (Ensler, Stanton & Mott, or your selected song). Describe how applying literary criticism adds to the experience of the reader. Provide brief evidence using proper APA format and style.

The required reading “How to Write a Literary Analysis Essay” enhances my understanding of Ensler’s work by providing a framework to critically analyze the text. By applying literary criticism techniques, such as identifying the author’s thesis, analyzing the use of literary devices, and evaluating the effectiveness of the writing, I was able to delve deeper into the meaning and impact of Ensler’s words. For example, the article emphasizes the importance of identifying the main ideas and supporting evidence in a literary work. Applying this technique, I was able to recognize Ensler’s main thesis about the conflict women face in relation to their bodies and how it manifests in their lives. This analysis enriched my reading experience by helping me uncover the underlying themes and messages conveyed by the author. It allowed me to engage more deeply with the text and gain a better understanding of the author’s intentions and the broader social issues being addressed. Additionally, applying literary criticism helped me appreciate the artistry of Ensler’s writing. I could analyze her use of vivid imagery, powerful metaphors, and poignant language to evoke emotions and convey her experiences. By examining the literary techniques employed by Ensler, I was able to recognize the skill and craftsmanship involved in her storytelling, which further enhanced my appreciation for her work.


Bucks County Community College. (n.d). How to write a literary analysis essay. Retrieved November 26, 2018, from Walden Library Database.