TheallMaster 1 / 6 Oct 25, 2011 #1Hi, I'm at 1740 out of 2000 characters and need a critique on content and grammar. I was thinking about adding a specific work and how we analyzed it as well as mentioning how even though I do not not plan on majoring in English it was still a stimulating course. Ill definitely review anyone's essay who reviews mine and give input. I plan to put up my other two essays on Thursday.Stanford students possess an intellectual vitality. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been important to your intellectual development.What had started out as one of the most frightening experiences of my life, gradually evolved into a stimulating class that actually helped me appreciate literature as something that deserves to be studied closely. Mr. Binkowski is the most intimidating teacher I have ever met and challenged what I thought an English course should be. The nightly reading and analysis was brutal, but the worst part of the class was trying not to do anything that Mr. Binkowski would consider disrespectful lest he would angrily call me out on it.As time passed though, my perception his intellect morphed from an oppressive force that kept students in line into an enrapturing web of scholarly discussion. For the first time, an English course seemed to have more substance than the regurgitation of facts and encouraged me to understand the experience being conveyed and what they suggested. In order to create an environment that promoted equal discourse, the seating was in the form of a semicircle around him. The lion's share of each class was dedicated to reading passages aloud and interpreting them. Throughout the year, we covered a plethora of texts, but Mr. Binkowski helped keep them fresh by relating the experiences and symbols of each work to a previous one.The best quality and the longest lasting effect of the class was that it made me eager to read and interpret literature. Mr. Binkowski's class single handedly changed my perspective on reading by allowing me to recognize that studying a text for a deeper meaning is just as pleasurable, if not more, than just glancing at the basic plot elements. Now every time I crack open a book, I am excited to reread it again so that I can understand the insights it offers in life.