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ENGL:1200:0016 The Interpretation of Literature - Shaughnessy, Fall 2021: Home

Resources to aid with the Essay 2 assignment in ENGL:1200:0016 with Kathleen Shaughnessy, Fall 2021

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From the assignment...

Prompt 1: Living Spaces -- what environment does the character live in? What do we know about it? What inspired the environment of the story, in reality and/or in fantasy?

Prompt 2: Violent Death -- how does death occur in the story? What is its context? What leads to the death, and what is its significance? Why does it happen?

Prompt 3: A Checkhov's Gun -- what is an object from early in the text that has importance later in the text? What is the history of that item? What is its relevance in the text? Is it symbolic of anything? (some examples arsenic/mushrooms in relation to family poisoning, the color red in clothing, overalls, etc)

Prompt 4: Storytelling -- what kind of story is this? Is it based on anything? What kind of narrative is it? Might be worthwhile to into the author's own thoughts on their text.


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