dbmeier_study aid to fiction

dbmeier_study aid to fiction - belief system What are the...

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Study-Aid for Fiction 1. Summarize the story. What happens? Stick with the major events of the story’s action —don’t point out minor details not important to the action. 2. As a whole, is the work concerned with (1) the character and society, (2) human nature and values or (3) the nature of our existence? Use the text to explain your choice. 3. What are the qualities of the main character or protagonist? 4. What is his or her chief desire, goal or source of motivation? Give specific examples of language, behavior or action to support your claim. 5. What social or political value does the character represent? (In other words, all characters exist as something more than just men or women.) What does the main character learn, and how does what he or she learn change him or her? 6. Who is the antagonist? (The antagonist could be a person or environment or value or
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Unformatted text preview: belief system) What are the dominant traits of the antagonist? How does the antagonist oppose or interfere with the progress of the protagonist? 7. Who are the other significant characters in the work, and what are their dominant characteristics and intentions. What do these characters represent, and in what ways do they help or oppose the main character? 8. What are the major and minor conflicts in the story, and how are they resolved? 9. Finally, what is the theme of the story? In other words, why did the author—not a 33B student forced to write by Meier-- bother to write? If you keep in mind that all authors are trying to “teach” the reader something, then you will understand the theme....
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