Comparing Palestine and Pyongyang reflection

Although I am pleased with my final response, this task was probably the hardest one of the semester for me. Not only did I find it challenging to write a more traditional essay, I also found it hard to engage with the books when we were reading them and discussing them in class. I think I prefer reading a novel that has a continuous story line (such as Maus) because I can engage more with the characters, rather than reading a series of vignettes. Furthermore, once I had thought about what I was going to write, and laid out my plan, I found it really hard to come up with the motivation to turn my ideas into an actual essay. I just found it frustrating to translate my ideas into a form of writing that I don’t enjoy and this led to me procrastinating a lot with this task. Once I really sat down with the intention of completing the essay, however, I was surprised but how easily I was able to write this essay. I think that because I had already planned what I was going to say, I was able to turn my notes into cohesive sentences without too much bother. I was also surprised by how long my essay was. The suggested word limit was 750-1250 words and mine came in at just under 1500 words. I can’t really explain why it is so long, I just felt that I needed to include that much information for my essay to be complete.

Read my essay here.

Image credit: “Mirror” by flikr user Shapour Bahrami

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