A post by an English teacher in New York about a bizarre essay by a student about the cartoon characters Tom and Jerry has gone viral and has received varying reactions online.
The teacher posted a picture of part of the essay to show how it wasn’t even close to the assignment that students had to do.
“Teaching my first English course this semester has been rewarding but I don’t know what to do with this student,” tweeted Alexis Pereira while sharing the picture.
According to Pereira, the essay, which received a D grade, was completely off-topic. “This was supposed to be about Tom from The Great Gatsby! The book we are reading!” she wrote as her remark on the graded paper.
Titled, “What Exactly Does Tom Want with Jerry?” — the student’s essay was a detailed observation of the popular cartoon with the two characters. Except that the student got the maker of the cartoon and other straightforward facts completely wrong.
“In the Looney Tunes cinematic universe, many of the cartoon nemeses have a very clear goal,” the unidentified writer wrote.
“Wild Coyote wants to eat the Roadrunner. Pepe le Pue wants to impregnate Penelope. Elmer Fudd wants to shoot Bugs (and who doesn’t?),” the essay said.
Teaching my first English course this semester has been rewarding but I don’t know what to do with this student pic.twitter.com/Sgn07Kaq6D
— Alexis De Wokeville (@MrAlexisPereira) February 10, 2020
Since being shared online, the post has garnered over three lakh likes. However, some were not pleased that the teacher posted the student’s submission on social media. “The writing is terrible but the fact you posted it online should get you fired,” wrote a user while criticising the English teacher. While some pointed out errors that were missed, others defended the writer.
Here are some reactions to the viral picture:
The writing is terrible but the fact you posted it online should get you fired
— melissa runs the world (@MGastorf) February 10, 2020
Honestly I think they’re just bored/unchallenged. Reading the start of this, it seems clear they actually did put time into writing it and seem to be a fairly decent writer.
— a tweet from eli!!! (@eliyudin) February 10, 2020
Also, Tom and Jerry isn’t even part of Looney Tunes , its Hanna Barbera cartoon! This student doesn’t know anything
— BILL (@billshank88) February 10, 2020
I don’t believe this is real because this paper deserved at least a B+.
— Frank Lesser (@sadmonsters) February 10, 2020
You are very generous with the D.
— MaasNeotekPrototype (@MaasNeotekProto) February 10, 2020
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