Letter to a Cat

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Dogma Essay ver. 1.1

In this essay you must make an analysis and interpretation of the enclosed text: Julia Blackburn’s short story “The Mermaid”, but there are some rules that you must obey:

The structure of the essay:

• 1 introductory paragraph (in which you ask a question, put up a theory or present your text).

• 3 main paragraphs (in which you discuss various aspects of the text. Each paragraph must contain a short quotation from the text)

• 1 conclusive paragraph (in which you sum your findings and put them in relation to your introductory paragraph)

Length: 2 pages (with double spacing) – no more, no less.

Criteria for marking:

1. Good, error-free language 2. The conclusive paragraph “answers” the introductory paragraph. 3. Coherence from one paragraph to the next.

Julia Blackburn, The Mermaid

(A British short story published in 1998.)

The man was still there poised in indecision and staring at the thing which lay heaped at his feet. I saw then that it was not a human corpse, or the trunk of a tree, or a bundle of sail that he had found, but a mermaid. She was lying face down, her body twisted into a loose curl, her hair matted with scraps of seaweed.

The year was fourteen hundred and ten and it was very early in the morning with the sun pushing its way gently through a covering of mist that floated aimlessly over the land and the water.

The man had never seen a mermaid before except for the one carved in stone above the east door of the church. She had very pointed teeth and a double tail like two soft and tapering legs, while this one had a single tail which could have belonged to a large halibut or a cod.

The man stepped forward and squatted down beside her. The pattern of her interlinking scales glinted with an oily light. He stroked them along the direction in which they lay and they were wet…...

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