LITR201-1403B-06 : Literature: A
Reflection of Life
Part 1 600 words
The bonds between siblings are among the strongest.
May-Lee Chai describes the relationship between two sisters in her short story,
After reading “Saving Sourdi,” discuss the following
questions in 3–5 paragraphs:
story begins with a strong revealing statement from Nea, the narrator. How
do you think Nea feels about her sister Sourdi based on this information?
How does what happens at the beginning of the story foreshadow what
story is told from Nea’s point of view. How do you think the story would
change if it were told from Sourdi’s point of view? Do you feel closer to
the character than you would if this story were told in third person?
briefly mentions an experience she and Sourdi had in a minefield when they
were younger. What impact do you think this had on the relationship
between the sisters?
family is not originally from the United States. What are some clues the
author gives to describe the origin of their ethnicity? Give 2 examples of
characters who say things that are racially offensive, and discuss how
this makes you feel about those characters. Can you relate to these
does the author describe Duke and Mr. Chhay? Do you get a sense of who
these characters are based on these descriptions?
the story progresses, how does the relationship between Nea and Sourdi
change? Why do you think it changes?
does the mother value, based on how reaction to updates she receives from
Sourdi? Why do you think she might feel this way?
is an example of what the professor expects
After “Saving Sourdi” by
May-Lee Chai, p. 81-96, discusses the following questions in 3 to 5
paragraphs.” Refer to the numbered prompts above.
· This assignment is
asking you to answer a number of questions
· Develop a topic
sentence for each of the assignment prompts.
· You must quote
from the story is support of your ideas
· Follow this method
RULE: Add the author,
insert the quote in quote marks, and add the page after. CAUTION: Do not quote more
than 39 words.
EXAMPLE: According to Gilb
(1193) “The fact was that he’d probably have to change his whole style” (p.
MacGowan, S. (1987). Belfast bombsite. In S. L. Fingers (Ed.). An
Irish Punk Poetry
Anthology (pp. 117-118). Donegal: Culchie Press.
LINK TO APA FORMATTING:http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
Make sure to reference my book and page numbers
NOTE: Add a title page,
develop an introduction (with a thesis statement at the end), body paragraphs
and a concluding paragraph, and add a Reference page.
For this assignment, you will be analyzing two more
short stories, “Battle Royal” (which is the first chapter in Ralph Ellison’s
novel, Invisible Man) and “The Birthmark.” As you read, reflect on
the ways each depicts characters that are deemed socially unacceptable because
of their outward appearances.
Please write a comparison/contrast essay
of 1000 to 1200 words or more discussing the questions below.
Remember to begin your paper with an engaging introduction and clear thesis
statement, develop each point in the body of your paper using examples and
quotes from the stories, and conclude your paper with a restatement of your
thesis and closing remarks. Also, be sure to maintain your credibility by
including in-text citations and a reference list correctly formatted in APA
Describe the settings of both pieces and identify how the eras in which
they take place—with their distinct societal attitudes and customs—affect
the main characters?
Royal:” Discuss the young man and his grandfather. Why do we never
learn the young man’s name? What do the grandfather’s dying words
reveal about him?
Birthmark:” Describe the main characters: Aylmer, Georgiana and
Aminadab. What is important to each?
of View: In which point of view (first- or third-person) is each piece
told? If the point of view in “Battle Royal” was changed, would it have
made the story more effective, or less so?
Royal:” Analyze the deeper meaning of the following: the “battle royal”
itself, the naked blonde, and the young man’s dream at the end of the
Birthmark:” What does Georgiana’s birthmark signify, first to her and
then to Aylmer? What does alchemy represent in the story?
What are the main themes/messages of each piece? What, in other words, do
you think the authors, Ralph Ellison and Nathaniel Hawthorne, are trying
to communicate about life and human nature in their respective stories?
What role does fear play in both pieces?
Both stories address physical appearance, specifically one’s skin, and the
way people may discriminate against others because of external
characteristics they deem inferior. Compare and contrast how
discrimination and prejudice are presented in “Battle Royal” and “The
Thoughts: Author Tim O’Brien wrote, "That's what fiction is for. It's
for getting at the truth when the truth isn't sufficient for the
truth." Talk about how literature might give us “truer” insights into
the human experience by appealing to our senses, emotions and empathy.
Describe a situation in which you or someone you know may have been
discriminated against because of appearance, gender, race or another
attribute. What did the experience teach you?
For this last question
if this relates to you be sure to use it as an example of someone else that you
may know. Or just simply make up something.