Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” and “The Things They Carried”

Learning Goal: I’m working on a english writing question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn. The short story “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” is a powerful and engaging short story that deals with magical realism and religious influences on a society. Marquez understood the power of religion in society, and he created a story that reflects the influence of said power. As you read the short story, really look at the way he develops characters and uses setting to develop the plot. “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien deals with the emotional and psychological possessions soldiers carry during wartime. As you read the text, you will see the juxtaposition between the tangible and the intangible and how each affects one’s psyche. O’Brien develops characters in various ways to convey the aforementioned. He also uses setting to reveal the challenges each character faces. The objective of this assignment is to give you experience in analyzing a short story, perspective in the use of the elements of fiction, and selecting quotes for relevance. Instructions: 1. Read: “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” and “The Things They Carried” 2. Write a 2 page analysis of the way each author uses setting and character development to develop the message of the plot in each text. Your work should be double spaced, include 2 quotes from each story (these must be cited in MLA format), and the analysis must show critical thinking. 3. Which short story did you feel a connection with and why? Was it the subject and theme, character development, plot? Try to give some details in your post. Your post should be 3-4 sentences.

 

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