Supplementary Reading from 100 Years Book

 If you would prefer to read another story besides "Cat Person," or if you still have one of your five supplementary readings to complete, please pick a story we DIDN'T cover from the 100 Years book and read that. You don't need to answer one of the 13 questions that we usually do, but please write about a paragraph of your response to that story, especially geared toward what you think you can learn from it as a writer.


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  1. “The Communist” by Richard Ford
    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?

    “The Communist” is told with a first-person point of view, reflective narrator. Forty-one-year-old Les tells the story of his first time hunting geese at the age of sixteen with his mother’s boyfriend, Glen. Ford masterfully switches between the voice of sixteen-year-old Les and the musings of Forty-one-year-old Les reflecting and finding meaning in his experience as a young boy, which facilitates the story. It is Les’s reflections that tell readers why the story is being told in the first place. Les learned an important lesson while hunting geese when he was young, one that he’s never forgotten. When Glen mistakenly wounds but doesn’t kill a goose, refusing to kill it at first, Glen proves to Les that pain and suffering can’t be avoided in life. The first-person POV allows us to experience the cruel, detailed imagery through Les’s eyes so that we are as confused and awestruck as Les is, stumbling through the hunt.

    -Sam

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  2. 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?

    I chose to read "Old Boys, Old Girls" by Edward P. Jones

    I think that this story was considered so iconic was because of the way the story goes through time even though it is a short story. Eight years pass between the start and end of the story but you never feel like you are missing information or that you are missing pieces. I also think that people are always interested in murder stories and this one is from the perspective of a convicted murderer. Not many stories, that I have read anyway, are from their point of view so I think that is another factor that makes this story stand out. Cesear is a complex character and watching him as he transitions from prison to deciding he does not want to be seen as a criminal is interesting and leaves the reader on edge. I think Cesear's complexity as a character is another reason this story has remained popular over the years and why it will continue to stay popular!
    - Zoe

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