(b) Comment on how setting defines aspects of the character (characters are products of their environment) (c) Discuss the impact setting has on the action (setting propels action and thought) (d) Show how setting contributes to or facilitates the development of the conflict. In essence, discuss how setting shapes the plot (e) Consider whether or not the work have been different had there been a change of the setting (think about mood- atmosphere created and the emotional impact that setting has- does it facilitate reflection or introspection among other things) 3. The theme of initiation is a common theme of adolescent literature. Choose two short stories and for each: (a) Outline the nature of the initiation that takes place
(b) Describe the impact of the initiation on the protagonist (c) Consider whether or not the initiation results in a “successful incorporation of the antagonist into the adult world”. (d) Say what opportunities for self- evaluation these short stories provide for you and adolescents who will interact with them in the classroom. 4. Fully explore the writers’ use of irony in “The Gift of the Magi” and “The Necklace.” For each story : (a) Identify the type(s) of irony
(b) Explain how the irony is created (c) Fully discuss the impact of the use of irony on plot and theme. GUIDELINES 1. All essays must be written in continuous prose. 2. The essay must show evidence of research and a careful consideration of the arguments put forward by scholars. 3. The essay must be documented according to the guidelines of the Modern Languages Association. 4. Essays are due on November 27, 2013.