Analysis of The Five Orange Pips, 10/8/2019
This artifact was our first analysis paper on a detective fiction story of our choosing. We were instructed to discuss the different techniques the author used that contributed to the overall effectiveness of the story. We had a significant amount of knowledge on this topic already because of our study of the most famous detective stories, so it was fun to apply the knowledge we had into the work of our choosing. Although it seems like a regular paper, it was my first attempt at MLA at a college level. There shouldn’t be a difference between MLA in high school and college but for whatever reason there is. Because of this, I had to be extra careful that I was formatting the in-text citations correctly, including the proper headings, as well as page numbers. At the time, it felt like an unnecessary amount of detail that only extended the time I had to dedicate to this assignment. However, I am so thankful that my professor graded us both on content and formatting because it is a skill that I will need throughout the rest of my time at Longwood and beyond. It was also a great exercise in being able to look deeper into a story and really appreciate the different techniques an author can use to enhance it.
In the future, I hope to improve on my MLA style writing and know the rules enough where I don’t have to continuously look back and forth at a list of requirements. I also look forward to improving my skills in analyzing the bigger picture instead of just what is on the surface. It is a skill that not only can be applied to every course but also any argument or debate to broaden the scope of the conversation.