I have chosen to also upload my final essay for my Spanish class as another example of my writing this semester. I took Spanish 296, Sex and Gender in Contemporary Latin America.
Although it is most likely that whoever is reading this will not be able to understand it, I am really proud of this essay for a number of reasons.
First of all, the topic of my essay was transvestites and the comparison of the inclusion and exclusion of transvestites in Mexico City and a small city called Juchitán. I had a difficult time with this essay, especially because at some points I was uncomfortable with the subject. I had not known much about transvestites before taking this class, and so having to write about it in Spanish, let alone talk about it in English was very difficult for me at first. I am proud of myself for being able to start to understand the lessons presented to me in our class and not let them inhibit my ability to write papers on complicated subjects.
Secondly, as I wrote this paper I was very aware of how to incorporate lessons I had learned from Writing 100. For example I made sure that my thesis would help illustrate the direction of my paper, one that would take the reader past a simple comparison of inclusion and exclusion.
“Casa de la Mema”, por Annick Prieur, demuestra que hay formas diferentes de inclusión y exclusión en que las más importantes formas son de la familia, el trabajo, y sociedad. Voy a ver como aparecen en “Salón de Belleza”, por Mario Bellatin, y “Queer Paradise” y al final voy a discutir como las personas travestis crean nuevas formas de sobrevivencia enfrentado a estas exclusiones.
(Translation): “The House of Mema” by Annick Prieur, demonstrates that there are different forms of inclusion and exclusion of which the most important are seen in the family, workplace, and society. I am going to analyze how these forms of inclusion and exclusion appear in “Beauty Salon”, by Mario Bellatin, and “Queer Paradise”, and finally I am going to discuss how transvestites create new forms of life when they are confronted by these exclusions.
This thesis was different to the thesis that I am used to writing for Writing 100, but it is the style that my Spanish teacher asked for. As you can see I still have the simple part of my argument: that there are differences between the inclusion and exclusion of transvestites. The next part I talk about is how the treatment of transvestites differs in the two pieces of literature that I am analyzing. Finally, I analyze the implication – because of this treatment, how do transvestites create new ways of feeling included in society? Four rough drafts later, I finally was able to come to this thesis. I think that after what I learned in Writing 100, it was really hard for me to write a thesis that differed from the format that we had practiced. On the other hand, going back to my analysis of Hjortshoj’s essay, it’s important to be able to have a basis for writing a paper, and then be able to expand off of this thesis. This paper pushed my limits and I am really thankful for that.
In addition, I made sure to add at least two images as forms of visual rhetoric.
Lastly, I made sure that I included enough analysis for my evidence.
It was really great to be able to apply what I learned in Writing 100 to a Spanish class, because I think it truly showed the depth of my writing abilities.