Discussion 1: Summarizing Material
Provide a summary of one of the assigned stories. Make sure your summary addresses the following questions.
Setting: where and when does the story takes place?
Characterization: who are the main characters? Who is the protagonist, antagonist, supporting characters?
Narration: who is telling the story? Is it a third person omniscient narrator or is it a character narrator?
Plot: What is the central issue in the story? What is the conflict? How is it resolved?
Make sure the summary provides a topic sentence that establishes a context for your reader. Keep the summary brief – no more than 5-6 sentences. Then respond to two other students’ summaries. Does it adequately address the story? Is it missing an element? Does it provide too much information that is irrelevant for a summary?
Discussion 2: What is Critical Analysis?
Literary criticism implies close reading more than evaluative judgment about a work of literature. Read in
The Norton Introduction to Literature about different critical approaches in analyzing literature, pp. 1228-1332.
Look up the term online and see what you can come up with as an understanding of what you are to do in writing a critical analysis of a piece of literature.
The Norton Introduction to Literature
“Fiction: Reading, Responding, Writing” pp. 12-57
Poe, “The Cask of Amontillado” p. 107
Melville, “Bartleby the Scrivener,” p. 372
“Critical Approaches,” pp. 1228-1332
“Research Strategy.” Section 50-55 (pp. 347-412). Information on the research process.
“Reading and Writing about Literature.” Section 56 (415-422
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