I would like you to look at the two stories for homework( Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron” and Ursulla K. LeGuin’s “Those Who Walk Away From Omelas”) from whatever perspective you would like,







but again, you will need to refer two AT LEAST two elements or devices from the lists.


Fictional Devices

Symbolism: the art of investing meaning in a thing which, in the context of the story, comes to represent some other thing (e.g. colors, animals, geography/place, numbers, metaphors, inanimate objects)


Irony: the use of words being used in direct opposition to the literal meaning (Think of Chris Farley’s use of finger quotes) or a stark contrast between what is expected to occur and what actually transpires


Satire: the use of sarcasm, irony, or parody to poke fun at and critique vice or folly (e.g. The Daily ShowSaturday Night Live, political cartoons)


Theme: the subject or unifying idea, which contains the thesis of the story (It’s what the story is about!)


Subtext: what lies under the superficial theme/context of the story; it’s implied rather than explicitly stated (It’s what the story is REALLY about!)


Elements of Fiction

Plot: is the author’s arrangement of incidents in a story


In media res: beginning in the middle of things


Flashback: a device that informs us about events that happened before the opening scene of a work


Narrator: the person (voice) who relates the story


Character: an imagined person in the story


Protagonist/Hero: the central character who engages our interest and empathy


Antagonist: the force that opposes the protagonist


Exposition: the background information the reader needs to make sense of the situation in which the characters are placed


Setting/Context: the geographical place or the historical/social/political/economic environment


Rising Action: a complication that intensifies the situation


Conflict: the character’s central problem


Foreshadowing: a suggestion of what is yet to come


Suspense: when the reader is made anxious about what is going to happen next


Climax: the moment of greatest emotional tension


Resolution/Denouement: the conflict is resolved



The goal here is to not only analyze but start to use interpretive language in your responses.

8-10 complete sentence

BY 6pm central Oct. 31

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