Assignment 1&2

Assignment 1

Prior to beginning your post, read the required materials and review the handouts, Plot, Theme, and Conflict and List of Literary Techniques. In addition, read Chapters 4 through 7 of Journey into Literature and choose a story from the textbook.

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. The minimum word count does not include references.In this discussion you will

  • Describe the core conflict represented in the story.
  • Describe the theme of the story.
  • Select three literary elements/techniques in the story and describe them.
  • Explain how the elements/techniques illustrate the theme and conflict expressed in the story.
  • Incorporate readings found in Chapters 4 through 7 to help illustrate the points you make.

Assignment 2

In the stories you have read in Chapters 4 through 7, you have been introduced to several kinds of characters. Select another story from your textbook that is different than the one you analyzed in the “Literary Techniques and Their Connection to Conflict in Literature” discussion and identify and consider a character you sympathize with. Reflect on why you identify with them and how that character is constructed by the author.

Your post should be at least 250 words in length. The minimum word count does not include references.

As you write your post, answer the following questions:

  • Identify the character and the literary work he or she appears in.
  • Why did this character interest you? What choices does the character make, and how do the choices (or the result of the choices) contribute to the theme of the story?
  • What kind of conflict (internal/external) did this character encounter, and how did he or she handle it?
  • How does the setting contribute to the character’s development?
  • How does the setting contribute to the character’s experience and give the story more meaning?
  • Incorporate readings found in Chapters 4 through 7 to help illustrate the points you make.