Use Kern’s Chapter 4 on “Time,” Cyr and Kort’s essays from the Shapiro Library, and Woolf’s short stories “A Mark on the Wall” and “Kew Gardens” to explicate how you see “time” working in connection with individual perception in stream-of-consciousness / interior monologue stories. Who is Woolf’s narrator in these two stories, and how does that narrator’s experience of external stimuli and internal conscious reactions create a sense of time passing?
Refer to the Discussion Rubric for directions on completing these discussions.
This prompt requires you to use 5 different texts in your response. Make sure you include textual evidence from each in your response.
“Time” by Kern
“A Conflict of Closure in Virginia Woolf’s “The Mark on the Wall”
“The snail in ‘Kew Gardens’: a commentary on ethical awareness”
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There are 2 main goals for this prompt:
explicate how you see “time” working in connection with individual perception in “A Mark on the Wall” and “Kew Gardens”
to “explicate” means to explain (it means “to unfold”) – the prompt is asking you to explain the connection between time and perception in these stories
be sure that you discuss the role of time and perception in both stories
the best strategy is to find one good example in each story (a scene, a line, a phrase – i.e. something specific) and unpack it in your discussion, incorporating all your sources and ideas in that moment of “unpacking”
explain how the narrator and narrative voice “create a sense of time passing.”
this is asking you to look specifically at point of view – how the story is told – and to examine how (using textual evidence to support your ideas) the narrator (as a character) and the narrative voice (the storytelling power) create a “sense of time”
be prepared to use textual evidence from each story to demonstrate that time is passing (i.e. find an example of time passing) and to show how the way the story is told – the narrative voice – affects that sense of time passing.
These two goals can be treated separately or as one larger discussion (of how perception affects our sense of time) – as long as you touch on all the elements here (time, perception, narrative voice) you’re fine
Use the secondary sources (Kern, Cyr, Kort) to support your readings; to provide you with important concepts or ideas that you can build on/from; or to contrast or counter your own impressions of these stories and this prompt. As long as they play a supportive function in some way, and as long as you include elements of substance (i.e. important ideas or arguments, not superficial details), you’ll be fine.
Make sure you provide an MLA formatted Works Cited page and that you include proper parenthetical citations for any quotes or paraphrases you include here.
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