- What do I find to be true from my analysis of this selection?
- What else do I find to be true?
- Why is what I find to be true important?
- When I first read this selection, what did I think about the topic in the selection?
- After my analysis, what do I think?
- What might some people say after reading my selection?
- What might other people say?
- How do I feel overall about this selection and what it has to say?
From this analysis, I find that [something is true; insert what you have found to be true from your analysis of the selection]. I also find [insert other things you discovered from analyzing your selection]. This is important because [insert why you believe that what you discovered to be true is important]. When I first read this selection, I thought [insert your impressions of the topic when you first read the selection]. Now I think [insert some thoughts about the topic that you have now]. Some might read this selection and say [insert what you think some people might say about your selection]. Others might say [insert what you think other people might say about your selection]. I feel that [insert how you feel overall about this selection and what it has to say].
From this analysis, I find that the shortness of the speech, the short sentences, the simplicity of the words, and the juxtaposition of direct, literal language for most of the selection with the finality of the figurative “forever” at the end emphasizes the sudden, sharp, and bitter realization Chief Joseph has about his utter annihilation. I also find that the last line is strangely poetic. This is important because instead of getting some sort of “poetic justice” the speaker seems to get poetic injustice. When I first read this selection, I thought it seemed sad but romantic. Now I think all of the elements work together to emphasize the sorrow of the speaker. Some might read this selection and say that leadership is risky and someone must lose. Others might say that the surrender itself highlights the brutality of early American conflicts with native cultures. I feel that it reflects one utterly lonely, utterly defeated man’s wish that he could take back the past and adopt principles that did not romanticize fighting