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Articles of faith structure, setting

  1. 1. Articles of Faith Narrative structure and setting
  2. 2. CW3 Assignment What have you learnt about the art of structuring a novel from EITHER Articles of Faith by Michael Cannon, The Character of Rain by Amelie Nothomb or Rant by Chuck Palahniuk? 2000 words. 20% (LO3)
  3. 3. Introduction to the structure of Articles of Faith • Conventional/traditional narrative • What are the elements of this? • What are the advantages of this? • What point of view does Cannon use for the novel? Why? • Is there a main protagonist? If so, who? • What structuring principles does Cannon use in his novel?
  4. 4. Extract 1: Chapter One • Come up with AT LEAST eight words, phrases or sentences in this extract through which Cannon evokes world of the story. Why are they effective (or why not)? • How does Cannon use the setting as a structural principle? In this extract? In the novel as a whole?
  5. 5. Pre-Writing Exercise: creating a setting word bank • Pick a time and place from your past that you remember reasonably well. Don’t pick a time when you were a very small child but try to aim for a place you haven’t seen for a long time. Try to choose a fairly ordinary, unremarkable day. Make plenty of notes – grids, lists, diagrams, clusters, mind maps, whatever. Get down everything you remember – weather, who was there, the landscape (if outside); furniture (if inside). Remember to use DETAIL!
  6. 6. Extract 2: Father Delaney’s visit, pp.18-25 • Comment on Cannon’s use of narrative voice – through which character(s) is/are the action focalised? What is the effect of this? • Choose 3 examples in this extract where a character interacts with – or responds to - the setting, telling us something about him or her, or another character. • Discuss the dramatic shape of this scene/extract. What is the key point of tension?
  7. 7. Starting with place After a period of time away, your character (A) has arrived back in the location/setting you sketched earlier. In this location, he/she encounters another character (B) who is unfamiliar with the place. Write a scene in which B tries to find out how A knows this place, knowledge which A does not want to reveal.

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