The Language of Literature


PART 1Crisis and Conflict
Guy de Maupassant The Necklace
Life can change in an instant.
A C T I V I T Y
With a partner, think of the types of conflicts that a person your age might encounter. Discuss what would be hard about each situation and generate a list of possible solutions. Which of these situations sound as though they would make a good story? Compare your story ideas with those of other groups.
Richard Connell The Most Dangerous Game
Ordinary hunting bored him.
REAL WORLD LINK
Games People Probably Shouldn't Play
A news magazine reports on a contemporary form of hunting human game.
Tim O'Brien Where Have You Gone, Charming Billy?
A young man gets his first taste of war.

Emily Dickinson
LITERARY LINK
I like a look of Agony
When are people most honest about their feelings?
Eugenia Collier Marigolds
The consequences of a youthful rage
Amy Tan Two Kinds
Why won't the daughter live her mother's dreams?
William Stafford The Osage Orange Tree
So much was left unsaid.
COMPARING LITERATURE
Storytelling Across Genres
Sebastian Junger from The Perfect Storm
One of the worst storms in history
Henry W. Longfellow The Wreck of the Hesperus
The warning signs were clear.
 

 


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