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Close Reading Exercise – Simplified  Instructions 5A) choose a passage;  5B) list literary elements;  5C) Focus on that passage for 2-3  paragraphs;  5D) connect with themes;  5E) connect with ending;  5F) brainstorm essay topics; 5G) write 1 st  paragraph;  5H) outline essay in point form;  5I) write final paragraph
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Close Reading Exercise: The Night Wanderer
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A) Choose a Passage: Downstairs, Pierre L’Errant surveyed his new home once more. The  girl had barged in, but it was nothing he couldn’t handle. The man  moved again to the window. He reached out and stuck his fingers  into the dirt. He could feel the leaves, the twigs, some gravel, and  insects scurrying between his fingers. He squeezed the earth till it  fell out of his fingers. This was the land he remembered […] Outside, he could see the cedars blowing gently in the wind. In  the east, the moon was riding high above the horizon. In the bushes  to his left he could hear a raccoon watching him. The dog, Midnight  he believed he heard it being called, still cowered in its doghouse.  He was home. It had all changed so much, but then again, so had  he. Still, he hadn’t changed so much that the essence of the very  land he stood on couldn’t call forth some buried and yet still- cherished memories. (76)
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B) List of Literary Elements Diction:      Sensory experience : surveyed, stuck, feel,  squeezed, see, blowing, hear, heard,  called. Nature/land : dirt, leaves, twigs, gravel,  insects, earth, land, cedars, wind, moon  horizon, bushes, raccoon, dog, land. Memory and land : land he remembered,  buried memories.
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Theme : Connectivity with the land and the  past. Setting : The woods of Otter Lake First  Nation. Seems to express the theme of  land and belonging. Nature is watchful of  L’Errant, for example the raccoon. Social  environment is a reserve, shown as very  separate from town. L’Errant and Tiffany  know the area well, yet the atmosphere is  spooky.         
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Conflict :“The girl had barged in, but it was  nothing he couldn’t handle.” Symbol :   The animals in this scene are symbolic  of the natural world. They are wary of L’Errant;  the dog Midnight “cowered in its doghouse,” and  the raccoon watches him. This dynamic shows  how L’Errant himself is somehow  un natural, or  super natural.
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