“The Cask of Amontillado”

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1.Narrators are responsible for telling the action of the story. Unreliable narrators (typically first-person narrators) often have a twist or some sort of inability to be honest. This is true in film as well.For this discussion, write a 200-400 word discussion board post over a film, tv episode or story where an unreliable narrator is used. A film example is The Usual Suspects, where the actual “bad guy” is the person everyone would least expect. Identify the unreliable narrator and explain how it works and affects the text. Feel free to use one of the stories from this unit or you may find another story as long as you are able to support your claim. Writers that use unreliable narrators tend to tell really interesting and engaging stories so this should be good!

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2.Module Reflective Writing Assignment

This week, you will write a thesis statement that could be used to lead a four-to-five-page fiction analysis essay over the narrator. Remember that a thesis statement is also a roadmap sentence, informing your reader of your intention and direction with the paper. For this thesis practice, choose a short story we’ve read during this unit and consider its use of narration. Write a thesis statement that includes: (1) the author’s name, (2) the story’s title, and (3) an arguable, supportable claim regarding the narration of the story. Your claim should emphasize how the narrative structure create or reinforce meaning in the story (what purpose does it serve?). Does the story have an reliable/unreliable narrator? How do you know (how will you support yourself)? For example:

Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” allows the reader to taste madness through an unreliable narrator and a setting that increases in confinement.

Then, respond to two classmates’ postings by providing thoughtful, constructive advice that would help them make their thesis statement clearer, more arguable, more supportable, or more narrowly focused. Your responses should each be two-to-three sentences in length, and should follow our class guidelines regarding professional communication and netiquette.

You should avoid:

  • Copy / pasting from other submissions
  • Focusing on a previous week’s readings only (you can connect this week to a previous week, though)
  • Unprofessional discourse
  • Conversational language (you, I, etc.)

3.For this week’s discussion board, choose one of the stories that we have read.

  • A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
  • Write a 200-400 word discussion board post in which you identify elements of  gothic, horror, fantasy or mythical.

You must provide textual evidence and at least three specific examples. Be sure to explain how these examples work.

  • Do they help to create a certain mood?
  • Is the setting of any importance?
  • Are there important symbols?
  • Does the author use literary devices like foreshadowing or flashback?

4.As you advance in your research (both in this class and also further in your college career and beyond), it will grow in complexity. You may eventually have to find several sources (larger projects can require 10 or 20+ sources) and it will be important that you have a method for organizing your research. 

Introducing: The Annotated Bibliography (cheers, applause) 

Annotated bibs are exactly what they sound like. It is a bibliography or works cited entry that you have annotated, or made notes about. The great thing about an annotated bib is that it is solely for your benefit. It is so you can go back over your sources and research and look through organized notes written by you, to you and for you. 

Later in the semester, you will craft an an annotated bibliography over your research project. This week we will practice for that. Look over the following materials to get familiar with the format and purpose of an annotated bibliography.

Annotated Bibliography.pdf Download Annotated Bibliography.pdf

Example Formatting for AnnBib.docx  Download Example Formatting for AnnBib.docx    

In Module 6, you read “Young Goodman Brown”.  I’ve provided an article by Paul Hurley that does a really good job of laying out his argument. I want you to find that argument!

This is how a scholarly article is often formatted**when you are reading, you want to pat attention to the opening pages. This is where the author’s argument is going to be and how they set up that argument is important. They will lay the foundation by presenting the ongoing conversation about the text. The issue being presented and who is saying what and why. 

  • Read the article and do an “active reading”.  This is the act of underlining or highlighting important concepts, marking the thesis and topic sentences, circling any unfamiliar words and defining them in the margin, etc., that you think are interesting, or that make good points. It’s okay if you don’t understand everything in the entire article – literary criticism can be challenging to read! Focus on the points that you do understand.
  • Find the author’s point, or thesis, in the article. What are they saying about the topic? How are they contributing to the overall discussion?

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