Friday, September 12, 2008

Joe, Kristin, Sonnee, and James's Group

Many of the stories we've read so far this term have offered insight into an author's personal history, or life, or story through their fictional story. Consider one of these author's stories. How would this story change if you were telling it (i.e., in regard to Hawthorne's story, what would your "forest" be)?


Anonymous said...

My version of Hawthorne's story would be considerably different. The forest wouldn't be the "place of evil." It would instead be out in the open, far from the tree line. There wouldn't be any plants, burning or otherwise: it'd have to be a veritable wasteland where everything's clearly visible and there's nowhere to hide. Brown's faith in humanity would be damaged at the beginning but not altered by the end. Brown would need to have a strong and well defined motive for going that he'd repeat several times in his mind throughout the plot, and he'd probably leave town following the events he witnesses.

-Matt Pryor

P.S. Shouldn't that be "authors' stories"?

spurs_rh said...

Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl" clearly was inspired by her coming of age and parental influence. I recognized the authority figure in her narrative. My mom and grandma at times sound strikingly similar. However, I would have to change her cultural references to the island; they could be replace with my own experiences of being raised in the southwestern United States. Also, I don't believe I would have the literary confidence or respect to be able to completely buck accepted grammatical techniques as Kincaid did.

-Danielle Chavez-Davis