eng 130 unit 7 discussion

Tan, Dickinson, and Moore write their stories/poems from a particular point of view and perspective. We live our lives similarly, seeing the world and its happenings from our own eyes. But how does the world see us? How do the people with whom you interact daily, see you?

Initial Response:

  1. What are three strengths that others would say you possess? Give an example of each of these characteristics to support your answers.
  2. What are three weaknesses that others would say you possess? Give an example of each of these characteristics to support your answers.
  3. Which of these questions (strengths or weaknesses) is easier for you to answer and why?

Each of these works of literature hold a unique point of view. As you are reading them, consider what that point of view is, and how the story would change if the point of view were from a different perspective.

  • Amy Tan, well known for her novel, The Joy Luck Club, which depicts her life growing up as a Chinese-American, shares her experiences as a child piano prodigy (pages 471-480).
    • Tan, A. (2017). Two kinds. In L. Kirszner & S. Mandell (Eds.), Portable literature: Reading, reacting, writing, 9thed (pp. 471-480). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning. (Original work published 1989)
  • Emily Dickinson is a perfect example of an author who often tried to be outside of herself when writing. In “I heard a Fly buzz–when I died–,” it is obvious that the proverbial ‘fly on the wall’ who is watching the subject as she passes beyond the room (page 753).
    • Dickinson, E. (2017). I heard a fly buzz–when i died–. In L. Kirszner & S. Mandell (Eds.), Portable literature: Reading, reacting, writing, 9thed (p. 753). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning. (Original work published 1862)
  • A parent struggles with the illness of her child and the difficulties of maintaining personal relationships in this agonizing story by Lorrie Moore (pages 447-453).
    • Moore, L. (2017). Referential. In L. Kirszner & S. Mandell (Eds.), Portable literature: Reading, reacting, writing, 9thed (pp. 447-453). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning. (Original work published 2012)