to build a fire analysis

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Jan. 13
First day of class; review syllabus

Jan. 15
What is Literature? Discuss; read “Gravity” by Lee Herrick; exchange names and contact information with several classmates. Response #1: Give me a paragraph minimum detailing your relationship to literature.

Jan. 17
Read Intro. Reading a Story pp. 2-17; Read “A & P” pp. 17-22. Response : in a detailed paragraph, say what we know about Sammy in this story, who he is. Read also pp. 22-23 on John Updike.
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Jan. 20
Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday observed. No classes

Jan. 22
Read Point of View pp. 27-31. Read “A Rose for Emily” pp. 31-37. Due: Identify the point of view from which this story is told and briefly discuss its effectiveness.

Jan. 24
Read Character pp. 83-85; read “Cathedral” pp.105-116. Response: What do we know about the narrator, “Bub,” and do you find him sympathetic?
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Jan. 27
Discuss Paper #1 Read Setting pp. 120-123; read “The Storm” pp. 123-126. Response: How does the setting affect this story? Read Yellow Wallpaper” pp. 472-483. Response: Is this mental breakdown believable?

Jan. 29
Read pp. 484-490, further information about the author of “The Yellow Wallpaper” and contexts related to the story. Respond (your choice) to Gilbert and Gubar’s criticism on pp. 488-489. Bring Part 4 to class.

Jan. 31
Read “Greasy Lake” pp. 529-536. Response: What do we know about our unnamed narrator? Does this experience change him in any significant way?
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Feb. 3
Read Tone & Style pp.163-166; read “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” pp. 167-170. Response: How can we distinguish between the two waiters without Hemingway identifying them as “said the first waiter” or “argued the second waiter”? Read “Barn Burning” pp. 170-182. Response: Discuss briefly the dynamics of the father-son relationship

Feb. 5
Read Irony pp. 182-183; read “The Gift of the Magi” pp. 184-187. Read “The Story of an Hour” pp. 549-551. Response: Both of these stories end

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