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CLASS SEVEN: FICTION UNIT; Observation & Inference; "Where Are You Going" + "The Red Convertible"; Fiction Essay

CLASS SEVEN: FICTION UNIT; Observation & Inference; "Where Are You Going" + "The Red Convertible"; Fiction Essay

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  • Way back when, working as a Tutor, I remember the advice a seasoned tutor gave me: “Think Video”. Use the senses to “see” events unfold.


  • 1. FICTION UNIT ―THINK VIDEO‖: INFERENCE / OBSERVATION OF CHARACTER –DRIVEN FICTION *plus*FICTION: ―Where Are You, Where Have You Been‖& ―The Red Convertible‖ *finally*FICTION ESSAY: 5 questions, 20 points each: DETAILS
  • 2. ―THINK VIDEO‖: Link Between Imagery & Language Watch the following video segment: what can we *infer* about this character? List the images we observe: what do they all have in common? Tension, Normal everyday tasks, symbolic, undercurrents point to death, violence.
  • 3. Character Example #2 Watch the segment from the movie ―Drunks‖ withSpaulding Gray. Watch the clip: Answer the following questions… Name of the character; why he is at the session? Where is he from? Does he belong at the meeting? What is his attitude towards the group? What problem might arise from this attitude? Onto our next example…
  • 4. Character Example # 3Joseph Conrad’s ―Heart of Francis Ford Coppola’sDarkness‖ Excerpt ―Apocalypse Now‖  Name / Occupation / Rank / His Expectations, Dreams?  Coppola situated Conrad’s story into 1960’s Vietnam  Is Willard a person we can trust? Turn to page 92 : ―Where Are You Going‖
  • 5. ―Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been‖ Connie Arnold Friend―Where Are You Going‖: A typical Sunday morning for atypical teenager … (?)
  • 6. ―Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been‖Discuss Connie’s character; her age, attitudes, andrelationships with her family; mother, father, and sister June.Arnold Friend: age, attitudes, and his ―smooth talk‖. Whatdoes A. want? What makes Connie believe (or want tobelieve) Arnold? Discuss Arnold’s tactics to pressure Connie— What does he say he will do if she refuses?
  • 7. ―Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been‖Connie’s perception about Arnold becomes clearer, and his friendEllie as the conversation continues: Connie stands firm againstthe men; ―Like hell I am!‖ she says: after this moment, whydoes Connie eventually go with Arnold & Ellie? Do we knowwhat happens? List the insights gained by this story: Connie is clearly a victim of Friend & Ellie. What would have helped Connie avoid or avert the consequences presented by these unsavory characters?
  • 8. ―The Red Convertible‖ (p. 135) Lyman Lamartine and his brother Henry start outcarefree, and easy going; describe Lyman, and his unusual traits ―for a Chippewa‖. Describe the plot; Lyman and Henry live on the Indian Reservation… describe the setting, and how it works in the story? The Red Convertible becomes a symbol for many things: how does the car parallel the relationship, and more specifically, Henry?
  • 9. ―The Red Convertible‖ Indian • Lyman Reservation • Vietnam War • Henry • Road trip • Henry: • Suzy, Alaska Before & After Red Henry’s Convertible suicideLyman loses many important things: describe theforeshadowing in Lyman’s statement at the beginning.
  • 10. Fiction Essay DUE: 7995—March 4 / 7766---March 16 Word-processed in Microsoft Word, saved as .doc, submitted to BlackBoard by the due date. (Minimum 1000 words)Answer questions completely, incomplete sentences. Include anytext that supports your essay.
  • 11. “Peaches” (p.71) Fiction Essay 1. “Peaches” is an ironic title, and a symbol of Rita, and Rita and Marc’s relationship. Discuss why / how this symbol is used, the irony of it, how it symbolizes Rita, and how “Peaches” are used to parallel Rita’s decision about the relationship with Marc? 2. List observations / inferences about Rita and Marc, comparing the compatibility, personalities, and ideals of each character; what are the similarities, what are the differences? What overall qualities of Marc doom the relationship?“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” (p. 92) 3. Describe how Connie is a pretty typical teenager: her ideas about herself, her family, and her place in the whole picture. Connie is particularly susceptible to Arnold Friend’s intimidation; what does he say / do to intimidate Connie? Discuss the hard won insights Connie has gained by the end of the story.“The Red Convertible” (p. 135)4. “The Red Convertible” is a symbol for the relationship between Lyman and Henry, and toparallel Henry and his state of mind. Describe how the car is used to highlight both therelationship, and Henry, before and after the war.5. Describe the setting here, and how it frames the story; could the story have happened in anyother setting? Why, or why not? How do we see Lyman by the stories’ end? What changes hashe gone through?
  • 12. GOOD LUCK ! I Hope every onehad a terrific Valentines’ Day…
  • 13. … and shared a laugh or two. J