Write an essay that explores the central conflict in A Wall of Fire Rising by Ed


Write an essay that explores the central conflict in A Wall of Fire Rising by Edwidge Danticat. What is the nature of the conflict? When, where, and how does it develop or become more complicated as the story unfolds? How is it resolved at the end of the story? Why and how is that resolution satisfying?
Guidelines:
Your essay should have a central point—or thesis statement—that is expressed in the introductory (first) paragraph (preferably at or near the end of it).
The body paragraphs, comprising the bulk of your paper, are where you support your thesis:
o Each body paragraph should have a topic sentence (at or near the beginning of the paragraph) expressing the main idea of that paragraph.
o Each topic sentence should directly support your thesis.
o Use the body paragraphs to provide specific details (such as character analyses, examples, illustrations, and so on) to provide evidence for your point(s).
• Conclude your essay with a paragraph in which you offer final thoughts; do not introduce new details in your closing paragraph.
Your tone should be academic, not conversational (avoid use of firstperson and second-person pronouns). Your writing should be in the third person.
Some Common Errors: Beware!
Here are a few of the most common student errors. I will deduct points for the following:
• excessive plot summary (your paper should be analysis)
• using unacceptable secondary sources, such as Schmoops, BookRags, Wikipedia, SparkNotes, popular magazines, newspapers
• improper use of quotations, such as dropped-in quotes (lines from the text that stand alone as sentences in your essay)
• ending a paragraph with a quotation (remember: the sentences following the quotation should always explain its significance)
• excessive use of quotations: More than three quotations per paragraph is considered excessive. (Your paper should be just that—yours. The essay should be your ideas written in your own words. Incorporate quotations from the poetry—and any secondary sources, if you use them—when necessary to support your points.)
• improper formatting of in-text citations
• improper use/placement of parentheses, quotation marks, periods
• general formatting errors (involving font, line spacing, header, indentation)
• improper formatting of Works Cited page
• language errors (fragments, run-ons, comma-splices, verb problems)


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