Thursday, February 27, 2014


1. Briefly summarize the plot of the novel you read according to the elements of plot you've learned in past courses (exposition, inciting incident, etc.).  Explain how the narrative fulfills the author's purpose (based on your well-informed interpretation of same).
In the book Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen, two best friends, Scarlett and Halley's friendship is put to the test. While Scarlett is the more popular, outgoing one, and Halley the sidekick, things change when Scarlett ends up pregnant. Now Halley steps up when Scarlett really needs her and acts as the main go-to girl rather then just the sidekick.
2. Succinctly describe the theme of the novel. Avoid cliches.
The them of this book is you never know who is going to step up and be the solid foundation in your life. That is my interpretation of this novel but I feel like there were many more that could easily fit.
3. Describe the author's tone. Include a minimum of three excerpts that illustrate your point(s).
The authors tone was meaningful and cheerful when speaking of the girl's friendship, yet serious and heartfelt when speaking of Scarlett's recent life mishaps like the pregnancy and her boyfriend dying. 

4. Describe a minimum of ten literary elements/techniques you observed that strengthened your understanding of the author's purpose, the text's theme and/or your sense of the tone. For each, please include textual support to help illustrate the point for your readers. (Please include edition and page numbers for easy reference.)
Theme - the theme is what set the stage for the novel. It was as if the novel was built around the theme.
Setting - Lakeview, there neighborhood
Foreshadowing - The biggest hint is given to Halley while at a party and this guy she came with, who she was warned about, starts to show Halley that maybe the people who warned her were right. He is really drunk but Halley thinks she is being cool. Readers feel a sense of caution at this point. Later that night, they got in an accident. (Page 128)
Protagonist - Halley, Scarlett, Macon
Flashback - Scarlett's thoughts about Michael
Genre - romantic, thriller, drama
Myth - what Halley tells her mom in the first weeks of Scarlett's pregnancy

1. Describe two examples of direct characterization and two examples of indirect characterization.  Why does the author use both approaches, and to what end (i.e., what is your lasting impression of the character as a result)?
1. Indirect- Halley's personality. How you don't know much about her.
Direct- They way she acts around Scarlett. Not reserved at all. 
Even though there personalities are a little complicated I still understand them and what they are like, so my lasting impression is the same.
2. Does the author's syntax and/or diction change when s/he focuses on character?  How?  Example(s)? 
 No the syntax, nor the diction changed, change as Scarlett and Halley are explained. They are described the same way in the same forms. Halley though quite static, is still explained in the same way through indirect and direct characterization. 

3. Is the protagonist static or dynamic?  Flat or round?  Explain.
Halley is very static. From the beginning of the book, she changed dramatically from a shy little girl who was always shadowing Scarlett, to Scarlett looking to her for advice because of how mature she had become. 
4. After reading the book did you come away feeling like you'd met a person or read a character?  Analyze one textual example that illustrates your reaction.  
Halley- the "shy" friend. She is explained as having "long hair and tan in the summer with thick eyelashes and eyebrows." She referred to herself in the book as people knowing her as "Scarlett's friend Halley"
Scarlett- Red-head, or auburn head. Green eyes, freckles, short hair. Halley refers to her as "foreign and exotic looking"

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