NOVEL Studies (2) - Independent Novel Study English 208B...

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Independent Novel Study English 208B The purpose of this unit is to practice reading longer works of literature, and strengthen your skills in literary analysis. I also hope that you can find a book that you love! That’s why you have a choice in which novel you will read this semester. The following are approved novels worth analyzing. Choose one: Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton (a copy was sent to you) Pygmalion (play) by Bernard Shaw Lord of the Flies by William Golding Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen Black Like Me by John Griffin King Arthur, His Knights and Their Ladies by Johanna Johnston You Can’t Take it With You (play) by George Kaufman Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte The Pearl by John Steinbeck The Crossing by Gary Paulsen Frankenstein by Mary Shelley The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy Our Town (play) by Thornton Wilder The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros You will need to obtain a copy of the novel you choose on your own. How? Look for full-texts online, check the local library, used book stores, etc. You will have four assignments to complete during and after reading your novel, and a final project. They are included in this document! Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this document for all assignment information.
Novel Study – Choose a Novel ENG 208 B Name: __________________________ Directions: Copy and paste the text below and your responses into a new Word document, the SAVE AS: (last name, first name_novel choice) . Then, submit to the Novel Choice assignment folder. I. Choose a novel The novel I am reading is: ______________ by _______________________ II. Begin reading your novel You will be reading your novel from now until you complete the FINAL Project. See the course Plan/Calendar for due dates.
Novel Study – Response 1 – Setting ENG 208 B By now, you should have read about one-fourth of the novel and should have a good idea of where and when the story takes place. Directions: Read about setting below and respond to the three questions. Copy and paste the text below and your responses into a new Word document. Include an MLA-style heading, then SAVE AS: (last name, first name_novel setting) . Submit to the Novel Response: Setting assignment folder. Setting : the place or location of the action. The setting provides the historical and cultural context for characters. It often can symbolize the emotional state of characters. Example – In Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher , the crumbling old mansion reflects the decaying state of both the family and the narrator’s mind. We also see this type of emphasis on setting in Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice (“Literary Analysis”).

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