Reference no: EM13981325
Response to the question(s) of approximately 200 - 250 words each question. If you refer to specific sources, cite them at the end of your post.
Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid
DQ1: Over the next six weeks, you'll read and respond to a number of stories, poems, and plays. You'll become a more sophisticated, more critical reader, and hopefully learn to appreciate great works of literature. Before we begin, however, let's see where we're starting from. In a few thoughtful paragraphs, share your reading experiences with the rest of the class: What kind of reading do you like to do? How often do you read? What's the best thing you've ever read? How often do you read for pleasure? I'd also like you to describe your experiences in previous literature classes. What did you like about them? What didn't you like? What challenges did they present? How did you overcome these challenges? Finally, what do you see as the value of reading and studying literature?
DQ2: As a result of this class, you'll learn to write formal literary analyses. As a starting point, however, you need to write an informal response to Alice Walker's "Everyday Use," Raymond Carver's "Cathedral," or Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown." If you're comfortable doing so, use some of the literary terms discussed in this week's reading, but this is not required. What I want from you this week is your reaction to the story. What did you like about it? What didn't you like? How did it affect you (emotionally, intellectually, spiritually)? Which characters did you like or dislike? Why? Which characters did you identify with? Why? Also, what point do you think the writer was trying to make with this story; that is, what did he or she want the reader to gain through the experience of reading the story?
"The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson"The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant
DQ1: You read a number of stories for last week's class. What you need to do for this week's first discussion post is look back at one of the stories that troubled you in some way; that is, a story that left you with unanswered questions in terms of characters, plot, theme, et cetera. Now that you've engaged in a number of discussions about stories, go back and read that story again and describe how your understanding of it has changed. How do you see it differently? How has your understanding of it grown and gotten more sophisticated? Finally, what have you learned that will help you read more effectively in the future?
DQ2: For your paper last week, you had to write about the formal elements of short fiction. For this week's paper, you need to also write about a story's theme, which we have defined as "the author's comment on the Human Condition." In a few thoughtful paragraphs, write about what you see as the theme in Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," Guy De Mauspassant's "The Necklace," or Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried." Be sure to include some textual evidence (quotes from the story) to support your argument. Also, remember that a story's theme is open to interpretation. Not every reader will arrive at the same conclusions regarding a story's theme.