Jessica Mitford's seminal 1963 book, The American Way of Death, exposed how American funerary services commercialized, romanticized death in American culture in a way that shocked readers and evoked harsh criticism from the mortuary industry. Most of all, the book was scathingly critical of the way modern funerary services exploited people's fears and finances. Shortly before her death on July 22, 1996, Mitford updated her book; it was published posthumously in 1998. Per her wishes, Mitford was honored with a simple, low-cost funeral service and her cremated remains were scattered at sea. The total expenses of her funeral were just over $1000.00 and included the cost of cremation (Karl J. Sherlock).
Re-consider side notes numbers of 5, 9, 11, 13, and 17.
- Key steps in failing a college course
- The proper way to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday to live up to the hype
- How to become addicted to cigarettes
- How “not” to use …..
- Steps to survive a blind date gone bad
- A process we endure to meet the society’s standards of beauty
- Process to purchase the “best,” – student computer, perfect eye liner, best perfume, best skateboard or snowboard, etc.
- How to get through the education system with a less-than-perfect education
- The general process of a main street deteriorating.
- Back up through a process to show how the end result became so flawed.
- Any process finishing with wonder how did this happen?
- Little-known short-cuts in the process – registering for college, buying used text books.
- How cell-phones, emailing, Facebook, on-line video games intrudes popular culture.
Introduction: needs to establish the background and context of the process – what the reader needs to know before working through process analysis. (This needs to direct your approach, but can be written after you write the body of your essay). Include your thesis statement, the overall point, so the reader understands by understanding the process in and of itself.
Body: Now provide the steps – general and specific – in which the process occurs or that the reader should follow. Remember, not to give directions of the process analysis (How to tie a shoe or How to record a TV program). Pay close attention to the flow and write cohesive paragraphs as well as transitions to move smoothly from one paragraph to the next.
Topic sentences for the paragraphs should help guide the reader through the process.
Conclusion: Avoid the dreaded “in summary” approach to a conclusion. Instead, comment on the finished product and the significance of the point or thesis to the reader.
- Does the introduction sufficiently explain the background and context for the process?
- Does the essay include a thesis statement that informs the reader about the analysis to follow, either stating why it is important to learn or making a point about it? Is the purpose clear?
- Do the steps and the commentary make sense? Will the reader understand the process that is being described? Locate any places where the reader could be confused.
- Are topic sentences clear and properly located?
- Are there enough transitions to guide the reader through the process?
- Is effective conclusion effective, so it leaves the reader with closure on the process and the overall point?
- Does the process have definitions that need to be clarified?
- Are there other processes that are similar and could help illustrate the process?
- If needed, tell what should not be done or why something should be done .
The responses to these questions and statements should enable you to write an effective process essay (Pharr, D. and S. Vuscemi. Writing Today).