Modernity in Literature 9/9/14

Today in modernity. I learned this fact.

  • If a book was written in 1916 we consider this ‘modern’
  • Even today

This is the assignment for Thursday. Read Young Lonigan pages 5-65 and basically write down the overall kind of person each character is, based on how you interpret them in the story.

How To Analyze A Character [Below is 100 more questions than we really needed but really just pick and choose]:

  • Setting:
    Where does the story take place?
  • Description:
    Appearance: what does the character look like?
    Personality: How would you describe the character’s personality?
    Protagonist or Antagonist?
  • Insights:
    Thoughts: What are the character’s most important thoughts?
    Feelings: What are the characters’ most important feelings?
  • Development:
    Problem/Conflict: What is the character’s problem at the beginning of the story?
    Goal: What does the character want to happen by the end of the story?
    Outcome: How does the end of the story affect the character?
  • Statements and Actions:
    Statements: What is the most important or memorable thing the character says?
    Actions: What is the character’s most important action?
    Interactions: How does the character get along with other characters?
  • My Impressions:
    Like: What do you like most about this character?
    Dislike: What do you dislike most about this character?
    Personal Connection: Who does this character remind you of and why?
  • Bigger Questions:
    How does the setting affect how the character:
    What events foreshadow the future?
    How does the setting contribute to this?
    How do the character(s) actions contribute to this?
  • In the End:
    Is the character Round? Flat? Dynamic? Static?
    How do you know?
  • Four types of characterization:
    Physical description.
    Speech and actions.
    Direct comment from the narrator.
    Speech and actions of other characters.

Four types of characters:
Round: A complex and fully developed character.
Dynamic: A character that develops throughout the story.
Flat: A character described by one or two traits.
Static: A character that does not change from the beginning of the story to its end.

Five ways to analyze characters:
Motivation: What causes the character to act?
Behavior: What does the character do?
Consequences: What results from the character’s behavior?
Responsibility: Is the character held accountable for his/her actions?
Expectations: Are the reader’s expectations fulfilled or challenged? Why is this so?
Questions for further analysis:
If they were a shape?
If they were a car?
If they were a weather system?
If they were an article of clothing?
If they were a book genre?
If they were music/song?
If they were a sport?
If they were a piece of furniture?
If they were an element in nature?
If they were a food?
If they were a number?
If they were a sound?
If they were an instrument?


This is the sketch of an outline that I came up with for the paper:

Who he is supposed to be “According to Mount Mission Statement”

  1. someone mature
  2. someone intellectual
  3. someone that benefits society

Shit that influences “good” behavior

  1. Shit that could make him mature
  2. Shit that could make him intellectual
  3. Shit that could make him benefit society

What he faces (pressures)

  1. Don’t know
  2. Heard it was good
  3. Heard he was a punk kid

How does this affect him

  1. His First Major Action and Consequence
  2. Second Action and Consequence
  3. Third Action and Consequence

Hope For The Future

  1. Will he ever turn into a law abiding citizen
  2. Will he
  3. WILL HE

Comparison to Modern World

  1. Do things still work the same way
  2. Are we all affected by these SAME pressures
  3. How would we react today- 1oo years (holy shit) later






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