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What are some of the story’s themes? Do certain words, passages of dialogue or description, or situations seem to represent the theme most clearly?

What are some of the story’s themes? Do certain words, passages of dialogue or description, or situations seem to represent the theme most clearly?

Discuss the assigned short story

https://justlivehere.com/2012/07/09/following-the-notes/

Suggested discussion questions:

  • Write a one-sentence summary of this story (the bare-bones plot synopsis).
  • What are some of the story’s themes? Do certain words, passages of dialogue or description, or situations seem to represent the theme most clearly? Are there recurring images, concepts, or structures (or contrasting ones) in the story? What might those represent?
  • What are the indications that the protagonist has changed in this story?
  • Which type of ending (from the list of effective or ineffective endings in this module) does the author use? Is the ending resonant and satisfying? Why or why not? If not, rewrite the ending for us!
  • What do you think will happen to the characters after the end of the story?

respond to 3 of your peers’ writing exercises.

  1. From Asin C
  • What are some of the story’s themes? Do certain words, passages of dialogue or description, or situations seem to represent the theme most clearly? Are there recurring images, concepts, or structures (or contrasting ones) in the story? What might those represent?

    “After reading this story, you can find that Liddie and her dad are facing relationship problems on Father’s Day. Liddie heard a girl laugh during the phone when she was calling her boyfriend. In the story, it is also mentioned that when Liddie cleaned the mug for her mother in the morning, the mug smelled of whiskey, which was her mother’s hangover the night before. They all know that these relationship problems are not something that only happened today, these problems have been happening for a while, so during their conversations, they did not focus on each other’s sentimentality, but on what they did. They talked about in terms of favorite music, let each other stay in a happy mood to spend this Father’s Day together.
    After reading this story, Reminds me with what someone said to me, “Life does not always go smoothly, you will be happy and sad, but don’t be overwhelmed by sad things and other things that make you happy.” I think the story also wants to express this meaning, life is not always happy, everyone has their own pains and hurts, but through each other’s company, we can make each other feel better.”

  1. From Chaeles L
  • What are the indications that the protagonist has changed in this story?
  • What do you think will happen to the characters after the end of the story?
  • “First of all, I want to explain my understanding of the story. This story takes place between a girl and her father, but it seems that she is not a high school student, but an adult, because I saw “making love”. I am not quite clear about the specific provisions of the American law, but minors should not be allowed to sex. At least in my country, having sex with minors is a crime of rape. Of course, that’s not the point. The point is that although the girl is an adult, she looks like a child and is always careless, like forgetting to turn off the lights of the car, causing a lack of battery power and unable to start the car. However, this is not the girl’s intention to do so, can see that her father dotes on her, because these mistakes, the father always think it is “always”.
  • Second, at the end of the story, the girl calls Sherman. She realizes that Sherman is cheating, but she doesn’t cry, which is different from the naive look at the beginning of the article. So this detail is enough to show her signs of change.
  • Finally, I think that she will recognize life again after the story, just like at the end of the article, she had a favorite dinner with her father and talked about the piano. Those sad things like derailment didn’t disturb her life, just like “wanted back the one who would always be true” in the story.”

3.From Jinghan

  • What do you think will happen to the characters after the end of the story?

“To be frank, the two romantic we see in this story are both dysfunctional or at the very least unhappy. Liddie’s romantic interest is obviously engaged with another person, and the father has a strained relationship with the mother. I do not see this being remedied anytime soon. But the focus on this short story is not on them, it is on the relationship between Liddie and her father. They both seek solace with each other despite whatever else is going on in their lives. After this story ends, I would expect not much to change, they will continue on their relationships the way it is, but will have each other to lean on.”

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