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Category: English 9.8

“The Paper Menagerie” Thesis Statement

In Ken Liu’s short story “The Paper Menagerie”, Jack, the main character, changes and develops his understanding of his identity through the author’s use of characterization, dialogue, and symbolism.

  • POV (point of view)
  • Symbolism
  • Characterization
  • Dialogue
  • Interactions

“On the Sidewalk Bleeding” Thesis Statement

The main character, Andy, in Evan Hunter’s short story entitled “On the Sidewalk Bleeding” originally believes that he is not dying and somebody will support him to get back to Laura, but later understands he is ambushed by a member of the Guardians and realizes that he will die tragically on the sidewalk. His changing understanding is revealed through the use of weather, thoughts, and interactions with other characters (specific techniques).

  • “…I don’t want to get mixed up in this. He’s a Royal. We help him, and the Guardians will be down on our necks…” (paragraph 66)
  • “Had they stabbed him, Andy, or had they only stabbed the jacket and the title, and what good was the title if you were dying?” (paragraph 79)
  • “He rolled away from the jacket and lay quite still, breathing heavily, listening to the sound of his breathing and the sounds of the rain and thinking: Rain is sweet, I’m Andy” (paragraph 90).

English 9: Learner Portfolio and Goal-Setting

One strength among my limitless abilities is when I concentrate on something, I work immensely efficiently and finish numerous assignments in a short amount of time. Conversely, my greatest defect is procrastination. Personally, I deem that determining my mind to work on academic activity is challenging and instigates me to procrastinate on homework.

This school year,  my principal goal is to get rid of procrastination and to increase my reading speed as well as my advancing comprehension of English literature. I would like to utilize ISB’s academic materials as optimally as I can and I hope there would be no obstacles that hinder me.


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