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Mena’sstory, The Vine-Leaf is written from third person point of view. Whateffect does this have on the telling of the story, and what impactwould change in narrator have on the story tone (say, if the doctorhad been telling the story about his experience)? Would you say thatthe physician is also a priest figure in this narrative? Why or whynot? Give support

Usingthe third person in the narration of the story makes it objective. Inthis third person tale, the storyteller offers consideration to onlythe thoughts of a single character. However, the narrator is limitedcompletely since there is no direct access to the main character’sinner thoughts. The doctor cannot play a priest figure in thenarrative as the little interest in bishop sleeves would not qualifyone to be a priest.

InFitzgerald’s, The Ice Palace, how would you describe the conflict(internal and external)? What does Sally Carrol mean when she says,you see I always think of people as feline or canine, irrespective ofsex?

Thecultural conflict is internal, a problem within Sally’s heart. Fromthe story, she feels cold both at home and when outside, and in theappearances of the people and their hearts. Her conflict arises earlydue to her boredom with the unchanging weather. More so, she thinksthe lives of her friends are stuck in the southern life, as theyprefer living life as a routine. They would rather remain contentwith their achievements, without the need to accomplish more, or evenlearn more than what is outside the southern life. That is whySally’s friends are shocked hugely when they realize she is engagedto Harry Bellamy, from the North. Fighting with her inner conflict,she has the confidence to view “things happen on a big scale.”The significant cultural disputes between the Sally and Harryoriginate from the different environmental settings of the South andthe North. The two are from different worlds, and they do not wish tochange hence their relationship failed to work.

Sallyterms all people as feline since most of the men she had met werecanines as she explained. Her explanation hints that she wasrethinking her choice of getting to an engagement with Harry as hewas not willing to change for her, same as the people of the northwho failed to change for her.

Discussthe significance of the fire-scarred countryside in Big Two-HeartedRiver? Is our third person narrator in this story omniscient? Givesupport from the story. Who was Hopkins? What are the implications ofthese lines: His mind was starting to work? He knew he could choke itbecause he was tired enough? Why can’t Nick go fishing in theswamp?

Thefire scarred countryside is crucial to symbolize that Nick is leavingthe destroyed and burnt portions of his life. In doing so, he hopesto search for a new life in the green, rich, and fertile riverbank ofthe river. The third person is not absent in the story to considerhim as omniscient. However, in the instances used by the third party,we reckon and know that the thoughts expressed from Nick’s mind,and the opinions expressed are his.

Hopkinsis a single character described intensively by Nick. From theexplanations, it is probable that Hopkins is dead, and his memorysurfaces to Nick as the other war moments creep to him.

Nickcannot go fishing in the swamp he would rather follow the river asthe river is the only connection to his cleansing journey.

Afterreading Glaspell`s play Trifles (and remembering what life was likein 1916 for the average American woman, who had not yet even beengranted the right to vote), answer the following questions. What kindof person was Minnie Foster before she married? How do you think hermarriage affected her? Characterize John Wright. Why did his wifekill him? Why do the men fail to see the clues that Mrs. Hale andMrs. Peters discover? What is the significance of the play`s lastline, spoken by Mrs. Hale: &quotWe call it–knot it, Mr. Henderson&quot?Explain what you think the tone of Mrs. Hale`s voice is when she saysthis line. What is she feeling? What are you feeling?

MinnieFoster was an overly lively, happy girl who took pride in singing inthe local choir before entering into marriage. Her marriage changedher nature to being lonely and sad since her husband John Wright wasan overly hard man with a high tendency of neglecting the contentmentand pleasure of his wife. The cause of the murder was from thepeople’s view that women would not be capable of dishonesty, andthey should strictly follow the will of their husbands. Theperception of the men that women are mere possession contributed tothe murder. The male investigators in the assassination case fail tocollect essential items to assist in the investigation, and thefemales pick up the pieces. The men have no expectation that thewomen could make any meaningful contribution to the proceedings ofthe survey, and hence their disinterest in the impressions made bythe women and the significant findings. Mrs. Hale tells that lienfeeling that eventually, the women have gained power. She isrebellious with a good cause to show the men that the women have hadenough of their ill-treatments and would now rise to claim theirrightful position in the society.