Supplementary Discussion of George Saunders' "Semplica-Girl Diaries"
You are not assigned a specific question to answer in supplementary discussion, but feel free to use any of the question below or create your own.
You are required to post to 5 supplementary discussions over the course of the semester. You can do more for extra credit, so long as you do it in the scheduled timeframe.
13 Questions To Ask of Every Story:
1. What makes this story “literary”?
2. Why is this story considered one of the best stories of the past hundred years? If it’s an old story, why has it endured?
3. Why do you think this story was considered one of the best / most iconic stories at the time of its publication? What made it a “successful” story?
4. Plot: What is the “rich ground situation” (conflict) of the story? What happens to complicate this ground situation?
5. Plot: What is the climax of this story? How does the moment irrevocably change everything?
6. Character: In what ways does the writer show character?
7. Character: In what ways does the character drive the action of the story?
8. Point of view: Why do you think the writer chose this particular point of view for the story? How does the point of view function to establish distance or make us feel a certain way?
9. Setting: How does the setting work within the story? What are the key places, and in how does the writer describe them?
10. Pick three of the best lines in the story. Why are they good lines?
11. Do a little bit of research on this author. Is this story a good example of his/her work? Is there anything else you learned that could add to our understanding of the story?
12. What do you think the reader is supposed to take from the story? What can we, as writers, learn from studying it?
13. How is this story similar to others we've read? How is it different?