Reaction essay

A reaction essay is generally meant to provide the reader with a better understanding of how you personally feel about a particular subject. As such, when you write a response or reaction essay, you will discuss your personal thoughts and feelings on the subject at hand.

In many cases, a response or reaction essay is written in response to:

Images

Written works

Videos

Events

 

 

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Reaction essayDefinitionReaction organizationTips for reaction essaysLanguage focusDefinitionA reaction essay is generally meant to provide the reader with a better understanding of how you personally feel about a particular subject. As such, when you write a response or reaction essay, you will discuss your personal thoughts and feelings on the subject at hand. In many cases, a response or reaction essay is written in response to: ImagesWritten worksVideos EventsReaction organizationThe introductionThe hook focuses on the reader’s attention on the subject matter discussed in the essayBackground information includes the title, the name of the writer, artist or photographer, the date of the work, or other general information.The thesis statement may describe the message or the mood of the prompt(s). When more than one prompt is discussed, the thesis may make a general comparison between the two written works or images. 	Seeing the emotions expressed in children’s faces can elicit powerful responses from the viewer. Children laughing hysterically, teeth showing, can brighten up your day. Thoughtful, solemn, or introverted feelings can touch you deeply. The photographs, Margaret Bourke-White’s “ Village School” and Alfred Eisentadt’s “ Children’s puppet theater, Paris 1963” both have children as the central figures. “Village school” shows the more serious side, while “children’ puppet theater” reveals the freedom of youth. Although different, both photographs display a transparency of feeling reflected in the body language and facial expressions of the subjects.The body paragraph 1 & 2 The topic sentence in each paragraph talks about one aspect of the message of the prompt . One aspect of the prompt is described in each paragraph in terms of whatever implies. In the case of a photograph, it could be the main center of interest, the position of objects and people, the contrast, lines, lighting, viewpoint, or mood. The paragraph analyze what the written work or image is trying to convey-what message it caries. Each paragraph gives evidence to support its analysis.In “Children’s puppet theater”, the crowd of excited and surprised children are all gathered together looking at a puppet theater. Some of them are screaming and other look astonished. They are reacting to something funny. In the center, one child has his arms raised pointing toward the stage, which we cannot see. Others are covering their mouth and cheeks, and one boy is covering his ears. Perhaps he does not like what he hears. Some are holding on to each other as if they are shocked. What makes this picture special is that the children are not posed, but have been caught in a vivid moment of spontaneous joy. Their expression are so real that we can almost imagine the puppets they are watching. In the background, the light is diffuse, which suggest endless rows of children.The group of boys in the “Village School” are all seated, one behind the other, in a closed space on benches, that look like church pews. On the periphery, the room look barren, with nothing to brighten it up. The picture is dark. The boys are passive without any signs of emotion on their faces, and most of them are wearing somber clothing. This contrasts sharply with the light that shines only on their faces and heads. The center of focus is the boy in the foreground. He is completely alone In his row, isolated from his peers. It seems as if the children are oppressed and fearful. Perhaps the person who is in charge is very strict and severe, and as a consequence the children behave well and remain quiet and calm.The body paragraph 3: The topic sentence summarizes the similarities and differences between two prompts. This paragraph can explain the similarities and differences between two prompts.	Both photographs depict children of about the same age, who are looking at someone or something that the viewer cannot see. The “village school” is made up of only boys while the other includes both boys and girls. Having only boys gives the impression that the atmosphere is more rigid, and this emphasized by the way the boys are positioned. “children’ puppet theater, Paris 1963” features many tones and shade of grey to white and many different textures in the clothing. This photograph has a lightness about it in contrast to the intense gloomy quality of the other.The conclusion	The conclusion restates the thesis. It may also summarize the similarities and differences discussed in body paragraph 3.	It draws conclusions about the writer’s reaction to the prompts.	Photographs have an amazing power to transmit energy to the viewer. Diverse emotions that emerge from the images, such as fear, happiness, anxiety, and hope, can be experienced in an instant. These photos captivate the viewer not by what the children are watching but by how they react. We are draw into their reality.Tips:Jot down your feelings about prompt(s)Ask yourself whether you agree or disagree and why you agree or disagree. Note down any thoughts about your own experiences that might apply to the materials or about anything you might have read or heard. Examine the notes and answers generated by this process. Find a common theme within these notes and write a thesis statement based upon this themeDetermine what points within the evidence will support your thesis. These points will become the primary issues for your reaction paper Identify supporting examples and quotations from the materials that will demonstrate and develop each of these points. Make sure the last sentence of each support paragraph leads fluidly into the next support paragraph. Your thesis should state how you feel and why, leading into the supporting paragraphs. You do not have to agree with the author, but you should be able to identify why you feel the way you do. 

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