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Assignment 1 : Read “Who’s Irish ” by Gish Jen

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English class assignment. There are 2 assignments you need to do Assignment 1 : Read “Who’s Irish ” by Gish Jen ( please see below) This forum will focus on narration and point of view! For your initial post, please consider how these literary terms are defined on our Elements of Fiction handout: Stories are told from the point of view of a narrator (POV). When the narrator is a character it is referred to as first-person narration. If we have reason to doubt the information we are getting, we call the narrator unreliable. In third person narration, the narrator can have omniscience (all-knowing) or limited omniscience (narrator tells us the feelings/thoughts of only one character). Stream of consciousness narration shows us the continuous stream of inner feelings and thoughts of one character. In light of contemporary issues and writing style, analyze the impact of narration/voice on each story’s tone and meaning. How does the narrative style help to define the characters? How does it help to convey meaning? In your post, make specific references to the story’s characters and scenes. Please post an initial 300 word response. Assignment 2: Read “Never Marry a Mexican ” by Sandra Cisneros —– Source: http://faculty2.ric.edu/rfeldstein/202spring10/nevermarryamexican.pdf This forum will focus on narration and point of view! For your initial post, please consider how these literary terms are defined on our Elements of Fiction handout: Stories are told from the point of view of a narrator (POV). When the narrator is a character it is referred to as first-person narration. If we have reason to doubt the information we are getting, we call the narrator unreliable. In third person narration, the narrator can have omniscience (all-knowing) or limited omniscience (narrator tells us the feelings/thoughts of only one character). Stream of consciousness narration shows us the continuous stream of inner feelings and thoughts of one character. In light of contemporary issues and writing style, analyze the impact of narration/voice on each story’s tone and meaning. How does the narrative style help to define the characters? How does it help to convey meaning? In your post, make specific references to the story’s characters and scenes. Please post an initial 300 word response. Who’s Irish? By GISH JEN Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf In China, people say mixed children are supposed to be smart, and definitely my granddaughter Sophie is smart. But Sophie is wild, Sophie is not like my daughter Natalie, or like me. I am work hard my whole life, and fierce besides. My husband always used to say he is afraid of me, and in our restaurant, busboys and cooks all afraid of me too. Even the gang members come for protection money, they try to talk to my husband. When I am there, they stay away. If they come by mistake, they pretend they are come to eat. They hide behind the menu, they order a lot of food. They talk about their mothers. Oh, my mother have some arthritis, need to take herbal medicine, they say. Oh, my mother getting old, her hair all white now. I say, Your mother’s hair used to be white, but since she dye it, it become black again. Why don’t you go home once in a while and take a look? I tell them, Confucius say a filial son knows what color his mother’s hair is. My daughter is fierce too, she is vice president in the bank now. Her new house is big enough for everybody to have their own room, including me. But Sophie take after Natalie’s husband’s family, their name is Shea. Irish. I always thought Irish people are like Chinese people, work so hard on the railroad, but now I know why the Chinese beat the Irish. Of course, not all Irish are like the Shea family, of course not. My daughter tell me I should not say Irish this, Irish that. How do you like it when people say the Chinese this, the Chinese that? she say. You know, the British call the Irish hea

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