Write a narrative piece in which you place two characters from two separate stories together in an environment of your choice (woods, cemetery, restaurant, bar). The point of this assignment is to show you know the characters well enough to portray them in alternative situations. For example, you could have The American meet Sammy at a train station as each character heads to work. You can use any stage of the character’s development, even if it wasn’t in the actual text.
In the introduction you should establish the reason for the meeting, whether it is intentional or accidental, and establish which POV you will choose, (first, second, third) and from whose perspective the story will be told. The setting should be described in small bursts with the action, and told from the point of view of the protagonist. Don’t write: “It was a dark and stormy night.” Instead write: “Bailey clung to his umbrella as his eyes adjusted to the dim night.” You should also describe how the characters start the conversation, whether they both talk openly, or if one dominates the conversation, while the other acts guarded.
The body paragraphs do not have to be block paragraphs. You can use alternating dialogue, as in “Hills Like White Elephants,” as long as the dialogue develops the character and plot and it is clear when the topics change. Each body paragraph will focus on a different topic, in which both characters must contribute their opinion and one of them comes to some sort of conclusion. The dialogue can be written in quotes, paraphrased by the narrator, or both, and each topic should transition smoothly to the next. Use references, props, and dialogue from the stories to support the development of the characters and make them as real as possible. For example, Emily and The Grandmother could meet in a retirement house and discuss their various opinions about 1) Values; 2) Race; 3) Youth.
The conclusion should bring all the topics to a startling, or at least powerful climax, in which a moral is hinted at or said outright. At least one of the characters should change from the meeting, in a good or bad way. For example, you could have Homer Baron instill a sense of work ethic in Sammy, who is normally lazy. Or, you could have Sammy killed by Queeny with arsenic, after he takes Homer’s relationship advice.
Papers should be 500-700 words long, typed, double-spaced, and submitted through turnitin. No in-text citations are needed, but you must have a works cited page listing the stories you’re using (two sources).
this essay has the stories “A&P” by john updike and “a rose for emily” by william faulkner.
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