For Monday, ensure that you have a hook sentence for your essay.
Make sure you’re finished reading “The Lottery” for tomorrow’s class.
There are four major themes that can be found within Canadian literature:
-desolate/empty landscape (prairies, ocean, harsh mountains/forests, etc.)
2) Frontier life
-contemporary fascination with rural life (urban/rural divide)
3) Our position within the world
-multiculturalism (which should be its own theme, but for our purposes right now…)
-influence of U.S. / mild anti-Americanism
-isolation of small towns, even cities from each other
All three lead to what Northrop Frye (and, later, Margaret Atwood) term
4) The garrison mentality
-characters tend to look outwards, outside of themselves
-characters tend to build walls (metaphorically) against the outside world, shutting out friends, family, others
John Donne said “No man is an island”, but Canadian literature tends to write about the opposite.
SO, how do you read a Canadian short story?
1) Read the story & annotate: what do you get? What don’t you get?
2) Read the story again and look for these themes. At this point, just identify.
3) Then, ask the “Why? So what?” questions: what do these themes mean? How do they change our interpretation of the characters’ actions? How does the weather, frontier life, our isolationism, and/or the garrison mentality mirror the characters’ thoughts or actions? THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP, so make sure you leave yourself enough time to get here!
Students, you need to finish your second drafts of your creative character sketches for tomorrow. This needs to be finished for the start of class.
For tomorrow, finish your creative character sketches and bring them to class!
-10 sentences, more or less
-describe the character’s appearance
-describe the character’s attitude
Your completed character sketch for your assigned story is due tomorrow.
Check out this video here if you need to know what a comma splice is and how to avoid it in the future.
For homework, complete your character sketch of Togram from “The Road Not Taken.” It should have four paragraphs:
-one on appearance
-one on actions
-one on his attitude at the beginning of the story
-one on how his attitude changes over the course of the story
You must include page numbers, must write in complete sentences, and must include all four of the above paragraphs. Due tomorrow!