D.E.E Chains

You have heard of PEE Chains. You have even heard of PEED Chains, where the D stands for Development [of your own ideas], but I bet you have not heard of a DEE Chain. There is a simple reason. They were only invented a few hours ago, by me.

A PEE chain stands for Point, Evidence and then Explanation. Now that is all well and good where a definition is NOT needed. However, if you were writing about the intentional fallacy, you would be expected to define it. In this case, you would adopt a DEE Pattern of writing, offering a definition of something, followed by the example from the text [or possibly merged together as you will see later] and then you would mention the effect on the reader.

Therefore, you could consider this D E E pattern of writing to ensure clarity and accuracy. This would be vital. An example would be where there is a simile in a piece of writing. Instead of writing about the quote and saying the that this is an example of something [someone’s love being compared to a rose etc], one would try to use the definition of a language item, so the reader can take time to learn these things. In this way, your writing, in the middle section of an essay needs to be as perfect as possible.

Here are a few ideas……

Is this a successful DEE Chain?

When Shakespeare uses the term “the eye of heaven,” in sonnet 18, he is using a metaphor, which is way of comparing two things by turning them into one and it has the effect of bringing a single unified image into the mind of the reader, who sees the image of the sun, shining gloriously in the heavens and uses that image to sense the love that the writer has for his love, which may or may not be the Bard’s mysterious dark skinned lady as mentioned elsewhere. 

In doing it this way, not only are you analysing language, as requested in some of the exam questions, but you are also showing that you know what you are talking [or writing] about. This is important.

Now have a go at locating the simile in this piece and writing a similar DEE chain… explaining the effect on the reader, how the images are used in comparison. Then you will get the idea.

“The air smelled sharp as new-cut wood, slicing low and sly around the angles of buildings.”
[from Chocolat, by Joanne Harris]

So, there you have it. By defining the thing, whether it be simile, metaphor, assonance or alliteration, you get a better, clearer answer. All you need to do now is go to the search bar on this site and type in GLOSSARY and press ENTER and then learn each definition.