Wk2 9/7 Discuss readings and the terminology of literary criticism and apply it to writing. Discuss the MLA method of in text citation. H. W. Due next class reread Dead Man’s Path and prepare to write an in class essay of 350-500 words. Identify the theme of this story as well as the plot, characterization, point of view, setting, style and symbols in preparation for in class essay Read WF pgs.13-22.Start reading The Greek Way.
Write a 350-500 word essay using the MLA style with in text citations and a work cited sheet on Chinua Achebe’s
Essay outline for Dead Men’s Path
INTRO use the author’s point of view and tone that reveals that the editorial intrusion is subtle but clearly the author has an agenda; how does it shape the story?
THESIS/MAIN IDEA/: This is an allegory of cultural clash between western British values versus traditional African values.
PLAN OF DEVELOPMENT: the subtopics which become topic sentences for paragraphs 2, 3, and 4 are characterization, symbol, setting.
CHARACTERIZATION How does characterization support/develop your thesis?
Description, motivation, characternym, protagonist, antagonist round, flat, dynamic, static, interior monologue, use of language, exposition, moment of crisis, peripety, irony, epiphany, resolution. What role do Nancy, the teacher and natives play in the plot?
SYMBOLS How do the symbols support/develop/reflect the thesis and connect to the author’s use of characterization? Does Obi’s character symbolize western hubris? Why is this story an allegory?
Traditional, incidental, school, gardens, modernization, language, barbed wire, rank bushes, modern appliances, priest’s staff, archetypes, diction, physical characteristics.
SETTING- Link characterization/symbol to thesis and setting.
Time, place, microcosm, enveloping action, atmosphere, local color/historical fiction. Could this be placed in another time/place?
Restate thesis and plan of development add final thought.