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Can I have a description of an early chapter of Dogeaters? Below are my class...

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abadvibes | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 20, 2013 at 5:23 PM via web

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Can I have a description of an early chapter of Dogeaters? Below are my class instructions.

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I need a summary of what the author discusses in each chapter or group of chapters (as it seems justified for you), descriptions will include:

  • The subject treated.
  • The narrative perspective of the text.  (The mandatory books are of different kinds:
  • Some are novels of testimony, but they are novels, not documentaries.
  • The other texts are historical essays or literary theory, which means they are comparative.
  • In the case of the novels you have to analyze the literary strategies used: perspective and focus, intertextuality, timeline, using flashbacks and prolepsis (back, flash back, or anticipations), relationship between the protagonist and the supporting characters, the structure of the work in the different chapters.
  • In the case of other texts you have  to analyze the perspective, the structure (separation into chapters), the argumental line the book follows.)

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted May 20, 2013 at 10:57 PM (Answer #1)

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Dogeaters begins by establishing characterizations within their settings. In Dogeaters, characters are partly defined by the setting, for example, grandpa's disease of "bangungot" helps define who he is and what he faces, even though this Filipino disease is thought nothing but a superstition by doctors in the United States--even though they cannot diagnose or cure what's wrong with him. Rio is characterized within the setting as well as she goes to movies, to drink "TruCola," to flirt, and to listen to radio dramas with her grandmother.

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