“…Ishmael felt embarrassed to be sitting among the reporters and decided that after the morning’s recess he would find a more anonymous seat in the gallery. In the meantime, he sat facing the wind-driven snowfall, which had already begun to mute the streets outside the courthouse windows. He hoped it would snow recklessly and bring to the island the impossible winter purity, so rare and precious, he remembered fondly from his youth.” [p. 8]
So, because of our OWN troubles with snow, we are a bit behind, but this week you need to get through chapter 5 before posting on Thursday night. We ARE starting in the middle of the story, but even so, we know something about the characters and the setting already. What do we know? How do we know it [revealed by the character’s actions or by what other characters say about him/her]? You are given a LOT of details—details about the history of San Pedro Island, details about bringing up the nets on a gill-netter, details about batteries and lights on a fishing boat, details about how to run a printing press, details about how an autopsy if conducted. Your job is to sift through these details to talk about CHARACTER, since our focus in Contemporary Fiction is on works that are character-driven. What can you tell us? What are you thinking? If you were writing a story for Ishmael’s newspaper, The San Pedro Review, about this trial, on what would you focus? What would you want people to know? What do you think of these people? How would you present the characters to people who may never have spoken to these men [since we really haven’t had but one interaction with a woman yet]?
Get reading, and then, let’s get blogging!
Teacher Barb :)