Department or School

Science and Mathematics

Essay Genre


Instructor's Note

In the following essay, Kyle responds to a visual prompt, a Norman Rockwell painting of the first day of school for a child caught in the turbulence of civil rights school integration in the United States. The paper first describes Rockwell’s ability to portray people in such a way that we respond with understanding to them – the little girl walking in pride and perhaps fear, the deputies shown only partially and impersonally. Kyle then deals with the details and contrasts of color, and how these communicate a great deal about the child’s stressful situation. Finally, he notes particular accents in the image which conceptualize for us the personal impact of integration. With Kyle’s clear and diverse wording in a well-organized essay, the painting comes alive for us and illustrates for us how an image can be a composition that speaks as loudly as words.

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About the Author

Kyle Reilly is a sophomore Physics major from Detroit, Michigan. He is a very slow writer, but then again you can’t rush an artist, or, apparently, a physicist. When not slaving over calculus problems, Kyle enjoys acting in the Cedarville plays and hanging out in the dorm.



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