Thursday, August 13, 2009
Prose Analysis Assignment
Part of what we do in this class is look closely at prose style in order to see how language, narrative voice, imagery, diction, and tone shape the meanings of a story. In OLD SCHOOL, Wolff practically makes "style" a character in the novel. There are, of course, two major camps: Hemingway and Faulkner. Both were giants of their age, in different ways, and with very contrasting works of literature. In a two page paper, I want you to compare the prose style of Hemingway and Faulkner in two short stories we have read in class, or two you have read on your own. You must have a CENTRAL point, a thesis, that compares the two writers in regard to their writing style, and how that style shapes their works in distinctive ways.