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Homework 1

Read the required materials and review the handout Plot, Theme, and Conflict. All stories have a theme that forms the plot. Also, literary elements and techniques contribute to creating and highlighting the theme. In this discussion you will


    Choose a story from the textbook.

    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.


As you consider these questions and begin answering them, incorporate readings found in Chapters 4-7 to help illustrate the points you make. Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length. The minimum word count does not include references.


HomeWork 2

In the stories you have read in Chapters 4-7, you have been introduced to several kinds of characters. Using a story that is different than the one you analyzed in the Literary Techniques and Their Connection to Conflict in Literature discussion, describe a character you sympathize with by answering the following questions:


    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/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?


As you consider these questions and answer them, incorporate readings found in Chapters 4-7 to help illustrate the points you make. Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length. The minimum word count does not include references.



Journal Two: Identifying Conflict in Two Texts


Read About Journals in ENG125: Introduction to Literature for more information about the purpose and expectations for journals.


This week, you continue writing your journal entries. This journal entry is designed to help you document ideas about conflicts in literature, which will contribute to the information required for the Week Three Draft and the Week Five Literary Analysis. Recognizing conflict is essential to understanding the various commentaries literature can provide.


In Journal One, you identified conflict as it might appear in our everyday world and from other sources. Now, consider the following definition of conflict and how it relates to literature from the textbook or the story/poetry links provided under the requirements for the Literary Analysis:


Conflict is opposing actions, ideas, and decisions that hold a plot together...the struggle that shapes the plot in a story.


Chapters 1-7 of our text contain a number of stories and poems, each of which rely on at least one conflict. Choose two of this week’s assigned literary works and write about the conflicts presented in each of them. In 250 to 500 words


    State the specific conflicts you see in each work.

    Describe the characters, forces, and/or entities that are at odds.

    Explain why you think the conflicts are significant and what meanings/understandings they provide to the texts.

    Paraphrase, quote, and/or summarize content from the works to support your observations. Don’t forget to add in-text citations for the works you draw from.

    Explain how each conflict has meaning beyond the work in which it appears. Why is it important to be able to recognize conflict in a literary text and extend that understanding of conflict to the world at large?

    From the stories you are reading, how much do similar elements of symbolism, metaphor, allusion, and/or allegory apply and add depth to an idea raised in the literature?

        For instance, in George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm, the pigs and farmers can be seen as symbolic of workers versus managers to make points about class struggles, calling into question the idea of equality in society.

        In another example, in the “Story of an Hour,” the main character expresses personal conflict in her process of coming to terms with her husband’s supposed death. But this moment symbolizes more than just her personal grief. What does it suggest about societal expectations regarding women and how they should respond to grief? How might those expectations of grief still apply to women’s roles? How does the symbolism show a conflict between Mrs. Mallard and her own desires? Are these “women’s desires” in conflict with current social norms?



As you are writing this journal entry, please review the expectations for the Week Five Literary Analysis, which you are working toward throughout the course. 

Subject English
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