My analysis began with the deconstruction of New Belgium’s artwork. A meticulous observation of the painting reveals a strong, implied message: the pure enjoyment of life amidst desolation and bleakness. This implicit analysis parallels the mission of Manuel’s and thus the overall controlling idea of my review: the use of camaraderie and merriment associated with drinking as a means of social change. This social change can simply be cathartic, a cleansing of past burdens and hardships, or a significant milestone, such as the formation of a new relationship. The addition of a central idea that ties in closely with the Tavern’s promise to supply grounded and fruitful conversation between individuals from all backgrounds made my final draft much stronger than my initial one.
This particular assignment helped me better understand writing as a process. Drafting was never really a concept I incorporated fully in my writing process, making this assignment quite unique. I found that drafting is quite beneficial in terms of outlining ideas and formalizing structure. Researching Manuel’s Tavern, New Belgium, and even the watercolor artist was undoubtedly interesting and heavily informative. Revision and editing were particularly emphasized in this project, skills that are always useful to bolster even though they come natural to my writing process.
Unpacking Manuel’s has been an eye-opener for me in numerous aspects. Through meeting with Professor Morgen I have learned to establish a central idea that allows my work to become much more cohesive instead of having multiple ones scattered throughout the piece. Visualizing Unpacking Manuel’s as a whole instead of simply focusing on my object through close reading was the most fruitful part of this project for me. Linking numerous components in order to compose a single, significant whole is an extremely useful analytical asset to master.