Can There Ever Be Too Many Details?

Haltman and Maquire’s texts emphasize to readers’, the importance of details and how they can drastically impact a paper. On some points they give two outlooks and approaches, but all for the same end result.

When giving the opportunity to describe something, regardless of what it is, it is vital to give every detail. Big or small. You want to begin by describing the things that pop out to you as soon as you look at the object. These are your objective descriptions, they are important because this is where you create that image in your readers’ mind to create that real life connection, as Haltman and Maguire spoke of. They suggest that students use more nouns, verbs, adjective, etc. because this is what gives a good analysis of things. They should finish reading and have a, somewhat, complete image merely fro your description. But there is more that goes into than just describing.

Haltman argues that it is best to stay unbiased when giving your analysis. It is important for your readers to create their own personal opinion about the object, without having someone else’s depiction in their mind.  This raises the question, “Is interpretation, analysis, conclusion-drawing ever valuable?” This is very valuable information when you are asked for a subjective description. This is where the connection of details and subjective understanding of those details come into play. You want to be able to look at these details and make inferences, draw conclusions; but it is important to do so without making a definite claim. You want to use a phrase like, “It seems as if her makeup is a tad dark” and refrain from saying things like, “She has on dark makeup”. In both you are making inferences, but one is making a statement where the other is only insinuating.

You want your analysis of things to be very descriptive; so readers can enjoy what there reading and be able to create an image in their heads. While doing so, keep direct opinions to yourself and instead, imply that something may be the case. Allow readers to create an image and analysis on their own deriving simply from your description.