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• Ellison’s short story ends without fully explaining what has happened to Jeffty. Write two or three possible conclusions, explaining in detail what has happened. Did Jeffty die? How did he die? What kind of funeral would he have had? Did he grow up? What would that mean for the...
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• Ellison’s short story ends without fully explaining what has happened to Jeffty. Write two or three possible conclusions, explaining in detail what has happened. Did Jeffty die? How did he die? What kind of funeral would he have had? Did he grow up? What would that mean for the narrator Donald? What would that mean for Jeffty’s parents?
• Research an old radio script from one of the 1940s programs that are mentioned in this short story. Then write a script of your own, mimicking the style of the program you have chosen.
• The narrator in Ellison’s story is very nostalgic about the 1940s, the time when he was five years old. What was happening in your life when you were five years old? What kind of programs did you listen to? What kind of movies do you remember? What were some of your favorite foods? What are some of your most memorable moments with a close friend? Write an essay about those times, as if you were Ellison, believing that those times were much better than today.
• Do research into Ellison’s childhood. Were there any traumatic events that might be similar to the ones that are mentioned in his short story? After researching Ellison’s childhood, write an essay comparing his childhood to that of his narrator. How are they the same? How do they differ?
• Research the following literary genres: Science Fiction, Magic Realism, Fantasy, and New Wave. Write a paper describing all four genres. What are their most distinguishing elements? How do these four different styles relate to one another? Into which category do you think Ellison’s story fits?