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Quotation Reflection Paper

Write a reflection paper; that is, a paper that makes connections between any of the texts we’ve read in this course


your own life. For this paper choose a final quotation from any of the class texts

based on its significance to YOU. It may be a set of lines that can stand as a personal motto, or a mantra, or a reflection of your way of seeing the world. It may be that this quotation simply “stuck” in your head or resonated with a personal experience. It may be that it found its way into how you think about another course you are taking this semester, or link to something you learned last year/semester.

Like an entry to the quote analysis assignment

please identify the quotation with proper citation and then write a 750-word explanation (roughly two pages double spaced) of why this particular quotation is meaningful to you.

This paper is not simply your opportunity to tell me about your belief(s), opinion(s) or experience(s) (I


interested in getting to know you through your writing!) but to analyze that/ those belief(s), opinion(s) or experience(s) using a quote from one of the above texts.

I am looking for your ability to:

Accurately quote a course text with proper punctuation and citation;

Reflect on the meaning of the quote as YOU understand it for yourself; talk about what it means to you, how it is significant in the IH text and why it is significant to your own life;

Demonstrate the conventions of fine academic writing you have worked on during semester or that I’ve commented on in your writing: a thesis statement, analysis, introduction, good writing style, good grammar, appropriate punctuation, proper citation, and a conclusion.

This paper is worth 17% of your grade

Attached is a model paper of this kind of essay

Model Quote Reflection Paper 851-1.docx


Consider these questions when writing your paper:

In your introduction:

What hook or hooks are you using to get your reader interested in your argument?

A hook is the first few sentences meant to get the reader interested in your subject. Examples include telling a story, providing background, presenting a quotation, offering a definition (See the exercise Introductions and Conclusions for a more complete list of hooks as well effective ways of concluding a paper)

List the sentences in your introduction that provide the map of your argument

. Each paragraph in the body of your essay should focus on one main claim. The map in your introduction is a map of those claims. Thus your introduction should list all of the main claims that you will later make in the body of your essay.

Identify the one sentence in your introduction that is your thesis.

Explain how your thesis is a judgment that can be disputed or put into doubt.

What pattern of essay development

(these patterns are the same as the patterns of paragraph development that you should be using in your quote analyses; See the exercise Patterns of Paragraph Development)

does your introduction/ thesis suggest?

What sentence in your introduction announces why your reader should care about your judgment, that is, answers the question “So what?”

In your conclusion

What sentence restates your thesis in different words or what sentences remind reader of how you supported your main points?

What effective way(s) of concluding a paper do you use in your conclusion?

How does this way of concluding encourage your reader to think about information or proposals you have presented?


IH 0851
Dr. Racker
23 April 2015
My Self
“The self is the friend of a man who masters himself through the self, but for a man
without self-mastery, the self is like an enemy at war.” (Bhagavad Gita, 6.6)Poetry
One of the core concepts in Krishna’s spiritual teachings to Arjuna in the
Bhagavad Gita is “atman”, which is roughly translated into “self”, “soul, or “spirit”. In
her translation of the Gita, Barbara Stoler Miller defines “atman” as the “innermost
reality of a person” (Miller, 168). In this particular quote, Krishna describes the rewards
that come with cultivating a sound relationship between a man and his atman and the
hardships faced by those who fail to do so. He says that a life lived in opposition to one’s
true “self”, or nature, is rife with struggle; an uphill battle. Alternatively, a life lived in
harmony and cooperation with the “self” is one of fulfillment. This concept could not
have appeared before me any more serendipitously. At a time when I was struggling with
my sense of purpose, value, and questioning every life decision I had made thus far, this
message of living with honesty to my self emerged. By embracing Krishna’s concept of
“atman”, I have learned to respond honestly and considerately to my principles, sense of
self-worth, and belief in my own ability. In doing so, my actions became far more
fulfilling than those made against my intuition, which forced others and myself into
spaces of dissatisfaction.
I have often struggled with inaction. In my middle and high school career, I
couldn’t be bothered to apply myself. When I graduated from high school, I had no clue
what I wanted to do with my life. I was lacking the drive to explore my interests and
abilities. In turn, I had not applied to any colleges or even given it any real thought. A
moderate interest in food prompted me to enroll in a culinary program at the Restaurant
School in West Philadelphia, where admission required little more than a check for
tuition. I don’t know if I was particularly interested in the program, but I allowed myself
to be carried along with the current of higher education because that was the next step
after high school. My training led to a six-year stretch cooking, which ended
unenthusiastically. In both school and work, I had gone through the motions: go to
college right out of high school, get a job, and work it. In doing so, I had neglected to
take the time needed to learn about myself and discover what I was truly interested in.
These experiences left me feeling unfulfilled, which was negatively affecting my
relationships with other people and myself. I was not sure what my path to happiness
was, but it had become clear that I was not on it. In Krishna’s words, I was without selfmastery, struggling to find contentment in a life that was simply not for me.
When I took some time to consider the quote from the Gita, my eyes were opened
to a healthier, more satisfying way of thinking and acting. At the time, the displeasure I
felt in my work and relationships was turning in to self-resentment. Due to the time I had
already devoted to cooking professionally, making a change seemed impossible. And
although I managed to pull the trigger and return to school to study history, I was dubious
about the future. Then I read the quote. The idea that there is an “innermost reality” to
each of us really spoke to me. For me, it said that fulfillment is found when we learn to
be honest with ourselves and listen to our intuition. I realized that the ability to affect
change and pursue my own goals was exclusively in my control. If I allowed my choices
to be governed by external forces or opinions, I would not be able to progress down my
path towards happiness. Only by creating an honest, open dialogue with myself and
taking action based on that internal, personal honesty, or “mastering myself through
myself”, would I begin to enjoy the reward that is a life lived in personal harmony.
I can’t say whether or not I would have had the same sort of awakening had I not
read the quote. However, I can say that it came into my life at just the right moment in
just the right words. Its language and timeliness resonated within me profoundly,
inspiring me to live with a fresh initiative of honesty to not only myself but also others. It
has helped me to replace a lost value in my mind, my beliefs, and my journey, which I
now see is solely mine. This quote is a testament to the timelessness of deep,
introspective thought and exploration. It reminds us that there is great wisdom in the past,
present, and future, of which we all have the privilege to study, appreciate, and make our
Works Cited
Miller, Barbara Stoler., and Barry Moser. The Bhagavad-Gita: Krishna’s Counsel in Time
of War. New York: Columbia UP, 1986. Print.

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