352:224 Survey of American Literature
Paper 2, Due Wednesday, March 31, 2010 -- new date,

Please write an essay of 3-4 pages on any two (2) of the three (3) topics below. Which of the stories do you prefer? Please explain why, supporting your own arguments with selected quotes from the texts (with Norton page citations). Please show the depth and quality of your own reading and understanding, and do not rely excessively on plot summaries, the class discussion, or other ready-made materials.


1. How does Fitzgerald use the significant commentaries by his interactive narrator to shape and focus “Winter Dreams,” which in other regards has a relatively straightforward plot and cast of characters?.

2. Discuss how Hemingway uses the mind of his main character, a professional writer, to connect his memory of the past, current action, and expectations for the future in “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”

3. What happens in “Barn Burning,” when Faulkner brings together two opposite narrative techniques, depicting both the mind of his uneducated main character, an illiterate boy, and the sometimes very sophisticated thoughts and language of the narrator. <./td>