THIS IS A HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT. THERE WILL BE NO TIME GIVEN IN CLASS.
Assigned: Monday, March 23, 2015
Due: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
- proper grammar, spelling,
capitalization and punctuation will be expected and benchmarked.
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Tone is the attitude of the author toward his or her subject.
1. In the poem “At the Tourist Centre in Boston” (RTW 30-32) by Margaret Atwood, what tone do you identify in the poem? Who is it directed at? Why do you think she feels this way? Explain your answer.
Theme is the underlying meaning or message in a piece of literature. It may be stated explicitly by the author’s narration or through his/her characters or it can be implied and require the reader to interpret the universal truth. The theme of a work is usually expressed as a short statement or saying.
2. In one sentence, what do you think is the universal truth, the message, the theme of the Canadian short story “Day of the Butterfly” (RTW 33-44) by Alice Munro? Defend your answer. Identify the acts of cruelty in this story, both deliberate and unintentional. What do you think is the author’s purpose in using them? Explain your answer.
Imagery is the use of selected details to describe one thing in terms of another. This helps to suggest additional meanings and feelings within the story and helps to set a mood within the story. Examples of imagery are Hyperbole, Simile, Metaphor, and Personification.
3. In the Mexican short story “No Dogs Bark” (RTW 46-50) by Juan Rulfo dogs have been barking everywhere, yet Ingacio has not told his father. Why not? Explain your answer. Give an example of how imagery in the story creates a specific mood. Be specific.
A Metaphor is a figure of speech that imaginatively links two objects to each other. It “is” the object; whereas Simile does the same thing but uses “like” or “as” to describe the comparison.
4. Give an example of a metaphor in the Mexican poem “Two Bodies” (TRW 51-52) by Octavio Paz. Explain why the poet used the metaphor; what is it comparing? Explain your answer.
Dramatic Literature occurs when the audience knows something that one or more characters do not know.
5. In the play “Crossroads: A Sad Vaudeville” ( TRW 53-68) by Carlos Solorzano, identify an example of dramatic irony in the play. What purpose do you think it serves? Do you agree with the woman when she says; “…there is but one moment to recognize one another, to extend our hands. One mustn’t let it pass by”? Explain your answers.
Characterization refers to the ways that an author creates characters. Writers use repetition to place emphasis on a theme or idea.
6. In the poem “In Trying Times” (TRW 78-79) by Herberto Padilla, Identify a repeated phrase or grammatical structure in the poem. In a short paragraph, analyze the impact of the repetition. Also, give a short interpretation of the title. Cite passages from the poem to support your interpretation.
The genre of Magic Realism combines elements of realism and fantasy.
7. In the story “The Youngest Doll” (TRW 81-87) by Rosario Ferre AND/OR the story "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World" (TRW 89-95) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, find two or three details that represent realism. Then find at least one detail that represents the magical aspect of the magic realism genre. What truth does the author express through joining realism with the fantastic? What action or speech by the aunt do you feel represents her main goal in life? Explain your answer.
A Symbol is an object used to represent a more abstract or general concept.
8. In the story "The Third Bank of the River" (TRW 98-103) by Joao Guimaraes Rosa, what do the river and boat symbolize? explain your answer. What is the significance of the narrator's comment: "...for nobody is crazy. Or maybe everybody"?
The mood or atmosphere of a story communicates a certain feeling to the reader.
9. Cite passages from the story that hint at the reason the Book of Sand makes its owners so melancholic and dispirited. Explain your choices.