ENGLISH100 (WEEK4) 09/30/2013
Dynamic vs Static Characters
Dynamic characters grow and change in the course of a story, changing as they react to event and to
Static characters may face the same challenges and remains unchanged.
Every Day Use Characters
There is little to no description of the character Maggie
327 Exposition on Maggie, she I a trapped character in the corners of her own mind.
Critical moments of “telling” which describe Maggies character:
A lot of showing with no telling.
Every description of Maggie is scared, insecure, nervous, uncertain.
331 Shakes hand with Hakim a Barber. She looks at herself as an object.
Disagreement between external behavior and internal thought. Eg, dash and shuffle, cold and sweat.
Maggies dialogue consists of a series nonverbalization of grunts.
Last paragraphMaggie is genuinely happy.
Epiphany A manifestation or showing forth
Theology meaning sign God manifestation
Used as the standard term for the description of the sudden flare into revelation of any ordinary object or
Spectrum of Female Identities
The overall setting of the work. The general way its set, its locale.
Setting of a single episode or scene. It’s the particular physical location in which it takes place.
Can have many dimensions.
Ikea commercial: the rain makes it depressing, oppressingprominent feature. Darkness. Music is
slow and sad, the lamp is personified. The lamp is ‘slouching’, ‘sad’ . The lamp is in the garbage, it is
Literal mode, raw with feeling.
Two massive perspectives: setting can be raw object that has no meaning or can be an attribute of human
Types of Setting:
Temporal or physical
Interior or external
Natural or artificial
Is it man made General or particular
Vague or detailed.
Purpose of Setting
Setting as background or context
As atmosphere or mood
As revealing character
As reinforcing theme
Setting in Sinclair’s “A Field of Wheat”
Setting is predominant throughout story
Predominant over humans, story.
The setting is almost all natural, aside from a barn.
Geographical setting is intriguing because you are not told. However, it sounds clearly Canadian. He does
not determine the location to portray a universal aspect to the setting on hand.
Nature has two dimension:
Nature is benevolent: it nurtures us, and allows us to survive.
Nature transformed and conformed to human desire.
Work is the essential activity that redefines nature into a human form.
This is nature beautiful
Destructive nature: Refuse to conform to human desire
Described as chaos.
Both are sentimentalized by human beings.
It is neither benevolent or destructive it’s is both.
Structure of “A Field of Wheat”
1. Prestorm setting (115)
nature conforming to the will and nature of John and Martha’s desire.
Wheat will transform into their fruits and future.
Pulling of weeds: work needed to transform nature i