Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Day 24

English 75 Summer 2011 Day 24

  1. Bonus Points for Blog due Thursday.  You can go back to start of TKR only.
  2. Third Essay Assignment (Rough Draft due Thursday, Final Draft due August 8th)
  3. Dialogue Checklist.
"If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it's not going to be fired, it shouldn't be hanging there."
–Anton Chekhov 
1.      Time & Place (physical environment)
2.      TKR
For example: Greasy Lake, The Storm,  
    • Write about the time: (five minutes)
§  you watched light settle on the water
§  you saw the first smudge of dawn
§  you woke before the others

    • Write about something from memory that seems lit by a particular kind of light.  (from Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck)
    • There was this one tree.
5 w’s
Point of View

A voice or character, the one from whose perspective the story is told

First Person:  A story in which the narrator is a participant in the action.  Refers to him/herself as “I”.
Unreliable:  events are related in a subjective or distorted manner by a person who is deceptive, self-deceptive, deluded or deranged.
Stream of consciousness: the procession of thoughts passing through the mind.  Not logical, but mingled randomly.  Mostly a modern technique.
Third Person:  A type of narration in which the narrator is a nonparticipant. Characters are referred to as “he,” “she,” or “they.”
All-knowing/Omniscient:  A type of pov in which the narrator knows everything about all of the characters and events in a story.  Moves freely in time and space.  Generally third person.
Limited Omniscient:  Sees into the minds of some but not all of the characters.
Objective:  Reports dialogue and action with minimal interpretation or access to the characters’ minds.  Like a fly on a wall.
Point of view continued
    1. First Person
1.       Single character's point of view.
    1. Advantages of First Person
                                                               i.      maintain naivete or innocence
                                                             ii.      Narrated out loud.
                                                           iii.      Irony of narrator/Humor
1.       Also, unreliable/biased narrators
                                                           iv.      Immediacy?
                                                             v.      Disadvantages
1.       Less flexible
2.       Can be contrived
    1. Third person
                                                               i.      Better for "hot" material.
                                                             ii.      Flexible.
                                                           iii.      Omniscient/Limited (All characters v Single character)
                                                           iv.      Objective/Subjective: (No thoughts or feelings v. Thoughts and Feelings)
                                                             v.      Disadvantages
a.       "Head hopping"=confusion unless handled right


Blogger Blaine said...

The different kinds of narrations was kind of tricky today, but after the quiz I had a better understanding.

10:44 AM

Blogger Carly said...

What quiz did u have?

1:18 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

I thought the story The Storm was interesting because the whole time the narrator was talking about the weather but if you look deeper or read between the lines so to speak you'll find that the weather was code for the sexual activity happening.

4:02 PM

Blogger Blaine said...

It wasn't a graded quiz, he just wanted to see how well we understood the stuff we went over in class today.

For our essay, what person does it need to be written in, 1st or 3rd?

6:02 PM

Blogger Blaine said...

Nevermind, I found my notes. It's 3rd person.

6:25 PM

Blogger Zsalinas7 said...

I found it intresting that just one sentence, as small as the ones Mr.Peters mentioned on here led to a whole story. I also found the story about the storm intresting. Her writing was very creative.

6:57 PM


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