The Analytical Paragraph Structure

Howdy readers. Yesterdays short story and reading response posed a challenged for many of you. Today we are going to spend time working on the focused structure of an analytical paragraph, using PPC and IDEAS. Remember that is all starts with your thesis!


Here is an example from the exercise and prompt we worked on today. The prompt question was, “How is Scar able to maintain power over Gopal and the boys in the factory?”


Chapter 11 of Boys Without Names introduces the reader to the character of Scar, who runs a sweatshop factory where Gopal has been taken. Scar is able to maintain power over Gopal and the other boys in the factory by dehumanizing them. This process of dehumanization starts as soon as Gopal arrives in the factory. On page 114, Scar says, “I’m not your servant. You’re mine.” Freedom is a basic human right; no person should be subject to servitude, yet Scar emphatically states that Gopal no longer has his freedom, thus taking away a basic human right. The dehumanization process continues just a few lines later when refers to Gopal as a “rat”, what many would consider the filthiest animal in any place. By calling Gopal a rat, he takes away some of the belief Gopal has that he is deserving of any freedom, thus making Scar more powerful in the relationship. The final piece of evidence that shows how Scar dehumanizes the boys comes on page 121 when Scar says, “I’ll call you cockroach if I want. No names allowed in this place . . .” As before, a basic human right, to have a name, is being held from Gopal and the other boys. The only names they have are ‘rat’ and ‘cockroach’ as bestowed on them by Scar. By dehumanizing the boys, he takes away their will to fight and therefore holds an extreme amount of power over each of them.