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If you're studying for the AS Aspects of Narrative Exam download this activity and have a go AS Narrative - Explaining Genre Conventions.
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Mr Gray will be running several afternoon revision sessions over the next ten days.
If you want to get started on some independent work...
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Please post comments below - use a literary alias for anonymity.
Then ... comment on another's post - give them feedback from the success criteria above.
E.g. "I thought that your explanation of how the public spaces coveyed anxiety was really interesting - could you speculate about how Virginia Woolf might be exploring
other themes and anxieties that are tied up with this to add depth".
Bring this to class - failure = C3 (yikes)
Good: Make three or four clear observations / points about the structure of The Road.
I did this for the FIRST twenty pages of the text (though I forgot to mention narrative structure - I should have discussed the problem of the equilibrium) - you can use this as a model...
1) Many paragraphs seem to open with a description of the time setting – often with the man waking in the ‘blackness’ of night, or ‘the morning’. The time seems to affect the narrative voice in significant ways:
2) A significant amount (I count 15 occasions in the first 24 pages) of the action takes place in the past – in memories, or in an uncertain time:
McCarthy uses these frequent ‘flashbacks’ as opportunities to explore significant plot elements - ‘In dreams his pale bride came to him’ (Page 17). Even though the man ‘mistrusted all of that’ (i.e. memory) the flashbacks reflect the man’s need to escape into memory - ‘Freeze this frame’ (Page 17).
McCarthy obsessively references chronology - often at the beginning of paragraphs:
Despite the frequent references to memory, and the past, these consistent references emphasise how linear the story is – time moves on – the road goes on – the plot moves on – paragraphs follow paragraphs. It seems inevitable.
Great speculation question for any text - let's focus on The Road.
As always - our objective is the same - to write an increasingly sophisticated analysis of narrative voice.
Task - How does McCarthy tell the story in the section p110 -117 (beginning "The site they picked...").
Knowledge that you need - Todorov's theory of narrative.
Did I say 1907 for Todorov? I was well out. He is actually second wave formalism (from the 60's).
You need to know the story (what happens) of The Road.
1) Increasingly use story terminology from Todorov's theory:
e.g. "This section occurs around half-way through the text, and could be viewed as an early, yet significant moment of crisis".
2) Increasingly use Todorov's theory to explain your view of the narrative viewpoint in greater depth:
e.g. "The narrative voice seems to reflect this section's role function within the wider development of the story. Could we view this as a mounting crisis that builds towards a climactic moment in McCarthy's text? This might help to explain the narrator's style of language and his apparent focalisation of events through ..."
Please print out your answer and bring to lesson and post as a comment (see below). This is a homework and will result in a C3 if not completed (heavy!).
We are learning to:
1) Develop speculation questions increasingly focused on aspects of narrative (voice).
2) Annotate with increasing levels of precision, ambition and detail.
Challenge - Check out this Prezi and find the passage in the text (it is in the first half).
Knowledge - Ask knowledge questions of the passage (lets get fast at this).
In groups - Ask Comprehension and Speculation questions of the text.
Annotate the use of narrative voice in the text using increasingly precise annotations - obviously in full sentences.