ENG 125 Week 2 DQs
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WLkZ DQl Question Chapter 5 discusses the importance of point of view in literature and more specifically in the short story Choose one short story from the course text about which you have not yet written and analyze it in terms of point of view When writing your post consider the following questions How would you categorize the point of view eg firstperson secondperson ie you thirdperson limited thirdperson omniscient Is the point of view consistent throughout the story told from the same perspective or does it shift at any points in the narrative If so make note of when and how those changes occur How does point of view shape your reading of the work In what ways does it contribute to or detract from your reading of the work How does point of view relate to the story s themes or content DQl Answer Raymond Caver39s quotCathedralquot begins in a third person narrative It is written with limited omniscience of a blind man that his wife had remained longterm friends with Almost a third into the very first paragraph he switches and starts speaking of himself and how he feels about this blind man coming to stay with he and his wife since the other man39s wife had passed on He writes that His wife had diedquot However at the end of that same paragraph he adds that his quotidea of blindness came from the moviesquot This is the first switch in perspective The second paragraph Raymond continues on a limited omniscience third person perspective describing the deceased wife of the blind man The third paragraph Raymond writes of his first person view again and how he met his wife Every paragraph Raymond switches perspective He wrote a paragraph from his first hand perspective then a paragraph of third person limited omniscience perspective and then his own personal first hand perspective and so on Some paragraphs even switch perspective right in the middle of them I can relate this to a movie that has ashbacks but the original take is of a first person perspective documentary and the ashbacks are of people or situations that had gotten them to that particular point The consistency is very difficult to follow until you have read half way into the next paragraph to find out who he is actually writing about in each paragraph Although I do understand his reasoning for doing so Raymond most likely wanted the reader to get as much background on each of the key players in this story In order to do so he had to describe each of them However my preference would have been more storylike Had he started out with the story about how the blind man and his wife came to be then the passing of his wife and then half way through the book change point of views this would have been more comprehensible for the reader As it is written the back and forth perspectives is indeed difficult to follow Being able to tell the reader the passed events along with his own feelings enables Raymond to write things down as they come into his head Instead of likely sitting down and writing out a draft Raymond wrote this in somewhat of a diary form IF you think of how it is written confusing back and forth portions it is written how a person would recall a situation Sometimes when thinking back on a situation we do not always remember all of the details instead of going back and squeezing them in we add them right where we are in the story DQ2 Question Chapter 7 explores the role of symbols in conveying literary themes Themes are abundant in literary works though they are at some times more obvious than at others Select one short story from the reading assignments from either Week One or Week Two to examine more closely in relation to symbolism Consider the story s overall themes and use of images as well as how these two relate to one another You may choose to explore one single recurring symbol or you may discuss multiple symbols and how they relate to one another At the beginning of your post identify a the literary work that you will analyze and b the themes that isare most relevant to the symbolism you will explore DQ2 Answer Jean Rhys39 quotI Used To Live Here Oncequot is a story about a woman that has died but has not come to realize yet that she is dead Being told in a third person perspective it was a story that was easy to follow unlike so many other third person stories Although the symbols left a lot to be imagined by the reader the combination of the perspective and the symbols allowed me to although unable to relate to the character feel as she felt Jean was able to put this story into such words that a living person can relate to the feelings of how being dead felt to the woman in the story The theme is twofold in my opinion It is of the appreciation of life and also death The story begins with such detail of the woman39s surroundings and her appreciation her ability to notice details In today39s society it is uncommon to find many people who can say they even notice how quotglassyquot the sky may look or even the difference of width in a road from our childhood The theme of death is ultimately the ending of the story when after reading such a beautiful recollection of her life she realizes she is just a ghost that is looking into her own life from the outside Beginning the story the first paragraph really made me ponder Initially I assumed the stepping stones to be a symbol of pictures or some form of physical memory recollection However after reading the full story the stepping stones represent different pieces of this woman39s life that she can see from the side of the water or outside looking in The water itself was representation of a source of life There was one quotsafe stonequot which to me was her home This symbol then directed this woman to visit her old home quotThe road was much wider than it used to bequot is a phrase in the story the is symbolic of how things had changed from what she remembered before The road is re ective of an actual life journey that this woman is now seeing in a different view The quotblue glassyquot sky is symbolic of peacefulness As the reader I understand the very words quotglassy bluequot to be a serene and relaxing or peaceful feeling This particular tone eased me into the story a bit more graciously However then the woman went to the old house where she used to live Seeing those children was a symbol of a re ection of life Walking toward those children she noticed that the grass was yellow The color yellow is actually symbolic of decay or aging In this story this is exactly what Jean Rhys wants us to feel It was almost as if she were hinting again that there was something more that we had not caught onto There were many hints to the fact that this story ended with death yet until the end it was not definitive When the boy turned to the girl with his quotgreyquot eyes this was symbolic of emptiness When you watch a horror movie or any movie with death in it the eyes are always a very distinct grey which exudes an emptiness the boy was not empty but the lady in the story then realized that she was The part of the story that gave it all away to me was when the little boy felt the wind turn cold as she walked near them and yet they did not see her To me the word cold was a symbol of The way Jean Rhys used colors throughout the story to be symbolic to the character39s feelings and experiences enables the reader to dig deeper Had I not taken this class I would have read over this story and the colors would not have been symbolic to me the story would have been just a mystery that ended in her being dead I am certainly glad that I now comprehend the different symbols the jean Rhys used in her story as it added depth and gained my interest
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