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The Purple Paper
- To stretch language as far as possible into hyperbole and sensationalism.
Paint the Anti-Science Paper Purple
- Save the original draft of the Anti-Science paper that you sent to me
- You'll need that original for both the Purple Paper and the next assignment after this, the APA paper.
- Fact and information can stay in it, but those must be wrapped in words that are so purple I want to puke
- Length: Whatever length the paper turns into is fine, but it should obviously be longer than your Anti-Science Paper.
- Purple Prose means overly elegant, flowery, poetic language.
- Originally called Purple Patch (latin, pannus purpureus)
- Purple Prose tries to instil emotion, sometimes overly sentimental emotion, in the reader.
- Purple Prose uses many adjectives and adverbs to excite the sentence and make it seem more dramatic than it is.
- Hyperbole is often home in Purple Prose.
- Fact, truth, and information are secondary (though should not be cut out)
- Why say in 10 words what you could blow up to 30 words!
Examples from former papers
- "Despite the worries, people are finding ways of coping with life during the pandemic"
- That statement is factual, but it needs some purple.
- "Even though they are riddled with worries, panicked people are desperately seeking ways to quickly handle the extreme new conditions in a pandemic life with the horrible virus called Covid-19."