Short Fiction and Discussion

A. The Readings FROM– The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction Compact 9th Edition by Ann Charters ISBN-10: 1457665557 ISBN-13: 978-1457665554

  • Raymond Carver’s biography and story, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”, bio p. 104, story pg. 132
  • Junot Diaz’s biography and story, “How to Date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl, or Halfie,” pg. 277
  • Russell Banks’ biography and story, “Black Man and White Woman in Dark Green Rowboat,” pg. 62
  • Lydia Davis’ biography and Story, “Blind Date” p. 272
  • Ernest Hemingway’s biography and story, “Hills Like White Elephants,” pg. 416

For the Section 2 Discussion Board, I would like you to go back to the pdf on Character in the Section 1 folder. After you have reacquainted yourself with the terminology discussed there, I would like you to write an analysis of the characters found in three of the stories we have read in this section. Are they flat or round? Stock characters, foils, or sterotypes?

Once you have identified the characters and explained the reasoning behind your decisions, I would then like you to consider the authors’ style of characterization. Do they use direct or indirect styles of characterization? Both? Please give properly cited examples from the text to provide evidence for your choices.

If you are having trouble discerning between direct and indirect characterization, please also see the discussion of “Levels of Meaning” in the pdf on Style in Section 1. Denotationis when information is given directly. An example would be if an author told us, “Bill had a terrible temper”. Connotation is when the information is implied or revealed indirectly. An example would be if an author provided a scene where we saw Bill stub his toe and everyone around him suddenly went silent and stepped back nervously, implying to the audience that Bill had a bad temper but not telling us directly.

To get you started, try to consider what the diction, syntax, and dialect of Diaz’s narrator in “How to Date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl, or Halfie”, tells us about his character. The manner in which his narrator speaks to us implies so much about the character that then does not have to be explained directly.

You should use at least a paragraph for each story to complete this assignment, and please remember to first turn in your post to the Discussion Board Pre Post Dropboxwhere it will be checked for originality and plagiarism.

Please do discussion post and attached quiz. Follow perfectly and answers quiz correctly.

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