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Discussion 2(Due Date 03/22/2019):
“A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner
“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin
“The Gift of the Magi” by O’ Henry
Before beginning this discussion board, be sure to read the above stories.
The concept of Literary Analysis begins with looking deeper at writing and its many
“elements”. When we analyze, we search for purpose, intentions, and connections in a
variety of “elements” of the material- its words, its structures, its reflection of the author, and
so much more. In looking at the above writings, we could analyze many different
“elements”, but two of the most common types of “elements”, and a good place to start for
Module 1, is to look at the concepts of Content and Plot.
When we look at CONTENT, we don’t always mean what happens (that’s plot), but what is
the topical exploration- what is it about, and how did the author reach that
meaning. Content can be very mechanical- the form and the structure sometimes define
content, as well as the methods uses (images, symbols, descriptions, word choices). In this
way, we not only talk about the meaning of the story, but we talk about what is said and
how it is said- the use of language and words- techniques. Each of these stories presents
many techniques in writing; one of the most obvious in all these stories is a concept
called “foreshadowing” (look it up).
PLOT is what happens in the story. It is how the story starts, who it follows, and the
specifics of what happens to the characters. If we analyzed the stories above for plot, we
might draw comparisons of where they are similar- the authors try to trick the reader- and
we might describe how each has a plot that does not end where the reader thinks it will, and
what those shared similar “twist” ideas are. OR, we might discuss how each story has a
unique set of characters, but follows a different plot structure to take us from beginning to
end. Since plot is about what happens in a story, early analysis of plot usually focuses on
similar things that happen, or what is different in each story.
For this discussion board analysis, we will start with three basic concepts in analysis of
Content and Plot:
1. How does the ending of a piece of writing contribute to your understanding of what
occurs in the story?
2. What elements lend you clues to the ending that becomes obvious on a second reading?
(this is about “foreshadowing”)
3. How would a story be different if you knew the results at the beginning rather than at
For this discussion board, please respond to all three questions above as best as you can.
USE at least 2 of the stories to support each answer. Be sure to elaborate and use specific
examples/evidence from the stories in your discussion post. Analysis always uses the source
material to Illustrate, followed with explanation of what that example shows. Don’t just give
your opinion- back it up with evidence/examples from the story that show what you
mean. Comparison is also welcome as well.
Discussion 3(Due Date 03/29/2019):
“The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs
“Rules of the Game” by Amy Tan
“A&P” by John Updike
Each of these pieces is set in a different location or era and has a different PLOT, yet each
deals with a similar content/THEME:
The idea of living by and/or living within “rules”
This THEME is addressed in different ways in each story.
For this post, explore the following questions:
1. What is the best way to learn and adapt to new rules: through observation, instruction,
or experience? Use the stories to support your answer.
2. How does each story respond to the idea of living by and/or living within rules?
3. How does the SETTING affect the THEME of each story?
Discussion 4(Due Date 04/05/2019):
“Bartleby the Scrivener” by Herman Melville
“A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Conner
“Uncle Rock” by Dagoberto Gilb
If PLOT is what happens in the story, and SETTING is the details about “where”,
then CHARACTER is the viewpoint of the story. Characters allow the audience to have
connection to the actions, thoughts, and feelings that are developed into the story. In these
short stories, the characters are all dis-likable people, each with flaws and faults.
In this post, please elaborate on the following questions:
1. In each story, who do you empathize with more, the narrator/main perspective
character, or the focus character/antagonist/foil?
2. Which characters do you find compelling or interesting (that does not mean you
empathize with them, just that you find them “interesting” or thought provoking)? What
traits makes them memorable?
Discussion 5(Due Date 04/19/2019):
“Dog’s Death” by John Updike
This poem presents a frank and direct discussion of a very difficult situation, yet there are
elements that show emotion and empathy from the narrator, as well as show the personality
of the “topic” of the poem.
Please respond to the following questions:
1. What moments stand out for you, and why?
2. Have you ever had a similar experience of loss, or if not, how do you find connection or
interest in a piece like this?
3. What is the effect of word choice on you? What words stood out? Speculate on why.
Discussion 6(Due Date 04/19/2019):
Poem” William Carlos Williams -pg 605
“The Dalliance of the Eagles” Walt Whitman- pg 588
“Poetry Should Ride the Bus” Ruth Forman- pg 608
“London” William Blake” -pg 613
“The Author to Her Book” Ann Bradstreet- pg 627
“The Hand that Signed the Paper” Dylan Thomas- pg 630
“Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”Links to an external site. by Dylan Thomas-click HERE Links to an external site.
“London” William Wordsworth- pg 637
“Harlem” Links to an external site. by Langston Hughes–click HERE Links to an external
Pick 3 poems from above, and give examples of imagery used in the poem. Your response
will require you to read the poems of the original poster used.
Please please identify your 3 poems, and then respond to the following for each poem:
1. What imagery did the author use to convey meaning to the reader?
2. As the reader, what did you “see” or “feel” in the descriptions or different uses of
3. What are your thoughts on the use of this imagery in this piece? What worked/What
didn’t and why?
Discussion 7(Due Date 04/26/2019):
Independent Research: Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Source- The Poetry Foundation Information
Page: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/samuel-taylor-coleridge (Links to an external
site.)Links to an external site.
From the above website, select one poem from Samuel Taylor Coleridge and complete the
1) Define the plot of the poem- what is it about?
2) Define use of imagery- what imagery is used and for what purpose?
3) Define use of symbols- what symbols are used and for what purpose?
4) Attempt a scansion of the poem (it doesn’t have to be perfect)- What meter and rhyme is
used and for what purposes?
Post your selected poem, along with your responses (written into paragraph form). You may
need to look into Coleridge’s background and/or context of the time period (luckily the
above website is good for that).
Discussion 8(Due Date 04/28/2019):
Othello by William Shakespeare
Which character in the play is your favorite (thus far)? Why? Be specific. You may wish to
include a quotation from your favorite character.
This is a difficult read after so much this week, so we are making this discussion board just a
simple sharing of your individual thoughts about the characters of Othello- There will be no
responses to peers for this discussion board for a grade. However, feel free to read each
others posts to see what each of you are thinking about the piece and the characters so far,
and you are always welcome to post and discuss.
Discussion 9(Due Date 05/03/2019):
Othello by William Shakespeare
Some themes in the play Othello include the following:
Love and Sex
Hate and Warfare
Choose one of these themes to briefly examine in relation to the plot of the play. How did the
theme get portrayed, exampled, developed, and explored in Othello? In Response, you should
elaborate on your thoughts of the initial poster’s choice of theme (meaning- if they talk about
“race”, you should explore that thought in Othello with them).
Discussion 10(Due Date 05/10/2019):
Share with the class your thoughts on what we’ve read this semester; tell your favorites; tell
your least favorite; let your professor know what elements worked well and what elements
didn’t. (It’s okay- be honest!).
For this assignment, I want you to write 9 discussions. I attached the topic of each discussion in
the word doc provided. Please, try to keep each one between 150 -250 words.
1. Discussion two 03/22/2019
2. Discussion three 03/29/2019
3. Discussion four 04/05/2019
4. Discussion five 04/19/2019
5. Discussion six 04/19/2019
6. Discussion seven 04/26/2019
7. Discussion eight 04/28/2019
8. Discussion nine 05/03/2019
9. Discussion ten 05/10/2019
Please, feel free to ask me anything about them. Some of them might need external resources
so please ask me.
I am giving you 30 days to do this but let me know if you need more. The important thing is for
to get done with stuff on time
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