Analytical & Creative Responses for The Quiet American by Graham Greene
You need to show how wide-ranging your thinking and hence your writing can be. In terms of your specific response for The Quiet American, have a look at some of these ideas for essays:
- Put a creative twist on it, remember expository means ‘exploring complex ideas’ this doesn’t mean it has to be an essay
- What about an article about the war written by Fowler?
- A telegram?
- Using an outside quote or scenario to set the scene or introduce an idea to your audience in an interesting way
- A speech by one of the characters?
- A beyond the grave reflection from Pyle about his life choices?
- If you do an expository essay you need to show real depth of thought and strong outside links in order to stand out and show new insights
- Think about what purpose / moral / lesson you are trying to get across to your audience in the essay
Creative / Imaginative Essay
- Ground it in the text, write from a minor character’s point of view
- Re-write a key scene from an alternate perspective to shed new light on the conflict at hand
- Write one of Fowler’s news articles or telegrams
- Write about something we hear about in the text but they don’t really explore it close up
- Start with a purpose, who are you targeting in this narrative?
- Why? What moral / lesson is there that they need to learn?
- Use significant, powerful, vivid quotes from the text as a framework for your creative piece
- Draw on Greene’s writing style, especially if what you are writing needs to be true to the text
- Embed ideas about the prompt in a subtle manner
- Draw on themes, key ideas, symbols, imagery to connect your creative piece to The Quiet American
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