In the role of Newt, write a letter to Dear Abbey explaining your dilemma prior to visiting Catharine.
This is for the “Long Walk to Forever.”
Follow the Dear Abby letter format:
Introduce characters and main topic
Summarize the problem
End with a question
Unusual, but symbolic, name
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This assignment will seem to force you to become the character of Newt and compose a letter about your predicament and choices. I think that the first thing which needs to be done in such a task is to "see" yourself as the character. Much in the way of first person and personalized pronoun will be needed in this. Instead of saying, "Newt believes__________ because...," there has to be "I believe ________ because." The difference is that you are the character and, accordingly, you will have to speak from his point of view. This might include having to explain the choices made by the character, meaning you, and why you made them. What dreams were you pursuing? What was your motivation? What were your emotional experiences when undertaking these choices? I think that this is where the assignment is going to take you and where you might need to go with it.
In order: have you read the book "Long Walk to Forever"? If so, do you understand the question? In your own words, summarize in writing the action of the story. What IS Newt's dilemma before he visits Catherine? State it in your own brief words.
Have you ever read the advice column "Dear Abby" in which Abby lists and answers requests for problem situations submitted by readers? Have you ever seen "Dear Abby" or an advice column like it in your local paper? If so, could you put yourself in the character of Newt, and in his voice, summarize his problem to Dear Abby as though he was writing a letter asking for a solution to his dilemma?
You must follow the format provided above in writing Newt's letter: introduce yourself, the other characters and the topic; state the problem, ask for a solution - "how do I -?"
and end with a symbolic name which is descriptive of Newt's problem. Examples: "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" or "Down and Out in Wabash".
Hope that helps.
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