After I read Sherman’s piece of ‘projecting one’s self’, it was obvious that Gordon Harvey’s “Elements of the Academic Essay” were used. Harvey’s “elements” are used by scholars and writers as a way for readers to understand  the point they are trying to put across. In this case, Sherman is letting us as readers know that her opinion is that “film is always a construction.” One of Harvey’s first on his list is thesis. Thesis gives us the main topic of the essay. Sherman, in her opening paragraph explains that film is constructed though the eyes of the film maker. She believes that filmmakers’ films must be able to speak to the audience and she uses evidence (#3 on Harvey’s List) to support her thesis.

Sherman also uses structure and titles, by separating the paragraphs into subtopics. For each subtopic, Sherman supports each topic with sources (#8 on Harvey’s List). Most of the sources are quotes from people and Sherman uses these quotes to her advantage for supporting her thesis. Her stance shows that she is trying to tell you that this her opinion or reason for why film is a construction.

Evidence is provided in each paragraph with the use of her key terms and sources. And Sherman’s motive is for her readers to support her thesis. Gordon Harvey’s “Elements” were obviously used in Sherman’s essay. These elements help get the writer’s reasons across with the use of organization and information to back the cause.

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