Narrate a 5-paragraph episode or vignette in either of the following: Raymond Carver's style or Anne Tyler’s styleAs literary enthusiasts and critics, each member of the literary club is also a...

  1. Narrate a 5-paragraph episode or vignette in either of the following:

Raymond Carver's style or Anne Tyler’s style

As literary enthusiasts and critics, each member of the literary club is also a writer. During this week’s discussion, you will be working on development of a new character and plan to share with the group.

  • Create a new character who
    • is real or imagined.
    • has a distinct manner of behaving or style of talking.
    • is not an existing character in literature, movies, or television.
  • Place the character in a contemporary setting facing a current-events issue.
  • Narrate a 5-paragraph episode or vignette in either of the following:
    • Raymond Carver's style
    • Anne Tyler’s style
  • Place this character in both
    • a situation in which he or she plays a public role (the public persona shown to others).
    • a situation showing the character's private persona (the real character when no one is watching).

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booboosmoosh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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In order to complete this portion of your assignment, you need to familiarize yourself with the work of Raymond Carver and Anne Tyler, so you know which one you choose to work with. Five paragraphs may seem long, but once you have created your character, and decided which current-events issue you want that character to face, you have to flesh out the story based on your character's traits and personality, and have him or her respond to the current-event issue—by then the five paragraphs will move quickly.

I would make sure your characters traits are in some way set up to care about the current event issue: for instance, how could an apartment dweller really care if real estate taxes go up? It would not affect the apartment dweller (at least not in a visible way).

If I were to choose a style to adopt, I would choose Anne Tyler only because I am familiar with her work. Her characters sometimes have to go through a serious ordeal before they can find a way to cope with a problem—let alone solve it. Anne Tyler's characters, in my experience, find themselves in places they never meant to be or planned to go. Sometimes life seems just too much for these characters, but they seem to stick to the task at hand, learning about themselves, but also remembering to fulfill their responsibilities. Her characters change, but usually for the better. Her stories are often filled with great difficulties—obstacles the characters must overcome. And while they are not always appreciated, things somehow work out in a positive (though maybe unexpected way). I find Tyler's character to be diverse and interesting. The "hero" may have feel of clay, but usually he or she rises above his or her circumstances to find fulfillment and/or happiness.

(Of the novels I read, the one I had in mind writing this is Saint Maybe. You will note at the eNotes summary page of this story, the characters are quite diverse and quirky, and the main character goes through a great deal of change.)

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