ENGB03: Lecture 9
Coda: On Character and interpretation
When: ‘Chronicle of a Death Foretold’
Essay 2: Top 5 Issues
stay on topic: narrator vs. protagonist/plot issues
the ‘so what’ factor: move beyond observaton to interpretation
style & formatting:
logic: have you thought that through?
argue rather than observe
think critically > what does it mean to argue this? Play devil’s advocate
carefully consider language and nuance
analyze quotations directly (unpack)
avoid vague terms like “seems” “more insight” “depth” “deeper understanding”
use grammar and formatting correctly “Quotations” vs. Italics
George Elliot is always interested in the question of connectivity
how can we help people?
What’s the point of being so connected if we can’t get help when we need it?
Why can’t we just improve the life of those around us?
Eliot confirms this at the end – those are the connections that matter what do we need from a character?
what do we want from a character?
example, Cinderella, Angela Carter version
the triangulation of looks – Father, StepMother, Cinderella
there is an equivalence between Cinderella and StepMother ( when they’re crying over the dead
body – in the same camera shot)
Hairbrushing scene: the stepmother’s mother was also