Review the presentations on the elements of fiction and writing about plot given in class.
Read the story: A Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe (included in this assignment) or you can access it here: http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/telltale.html
- What type of conflict do you think exists in this story (Look in Unit 3 of the online course under Writing about Plot). Explain why you think it is this type of conflict. Give examples from the story to support your opinion. (5 points)
- Look at the Freytag Pyramid in the presentation of elements of fiction. Create a pyramid with examples from the story (What is the conflict that sets the plot in motion, the series of events representing rising action, etc.) (5 points)
- Look at the presentation on an example of the analysis of the Story of an Hour plot: Writing about Plot in the online course content. Create an outline like the example for Story of An Hour for the plot of The Tell-Tale Heart. (10 points)
Example outline: Story of an Hour
- Title, author, brief summary
- Mrs. Mallard
- Mixed feelings about her husband’s death.
- Internal conflict
- Thesis statement: The emotional conflict between sadness and joy, and which occurs in the period of one hour, is the basis of this story.
- Mrs. Mallard’s emotional conflict begins with the news of her husband’s death. (This is the topic sentence.)
- Heart condition and news of husband’s death
- She feels sad, then feels happy
- Able to live her own life
- As Mrs. Mallard sat in her room, celebrating her freedom, and imagining her future as a free woman, reality began to invade.
- Mrs. Mallards accepts her feelings of joy
- Her sister keeps asking her to come out of the room.
- This might mean to come out and face reality.
- Her new reality as a free woman.
- She comes out of the room to face her new life
- The conflict seems to be resolved as Mrs. Mallard comes down the stairs, now wishing for a long life, when only an hour ago, she was dreading a long life.
- She finds out her husband is alive.
- Everyone is surprised, but mostly Mrs. Mallard.
- The surprise is too much for her weak heart, and she dies.
- The conflict of her desire to be free versus her obligations as a wife are resolved, because death sets her free.
- “The Story of an Hour” presents a woman’s emotional conflict related to her feelings of duty to her husband, and her desire to be free of these duties.
- When she finds out her husband is dead, she feels sad at first.
- She begins to reflect on what her life will be like without him.
- She won’t have to serve him.
- She will be free.
- After finding feelings of freedom and joy, she is confronted with the reality that her husband is not dead.
- She still finds freedom from her husband, because she dies.
After studying the material from Unit 3 of the online materials.
Read the story: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber
You can access it here: http://www.newyorker.com/archive/1939/03/18/390318fi_fiction_thurber?currentPage=all
- After studying the material on Point-of-View and the Elements of Fiction in the online course materials , what point of view do you think Thurber uses in this story. Explain your answer. (2 points)
- What do you know about the protagonist of the story? How do you know this? Quote from the story to support your answer. (3 points)
- What do you know about the character of Mrs. Mitty? How do you know this? Quote from the story to support your answer. (3 points)
- What are some of the characteristics that all of the imaginary characters Mitty daydreams about all have? (3 points)
- Why do you think Walter Mitty imagines himself as these different characters? (2 points)
- What do you think will happen to the character after the story ends? (2 points)
- Review the online material from Unit 1: Essay Writing A Review, and Writing about Characters in Unit 3. Create a possible thesis statement for a 5-paragraph essay analyzing the character Walter Mitty. (5 points)
After studying the sections on Writing about Plot in units 3 and 5 of the online course material, read Woody Allen’s one-act play: Death Knocks.
- Using the online material as a guide, write a possible thesis statement for an essay analyzing the plot of this play. (5 points)
- Create a detailed outline for a 5-paragraph essay analyzing the plot of this play based on your thesis statement. (15 points)
Link to the play Death knocks: https://guinote.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/7b4db-deathknocksbywoodyallen.pdf