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Advent to Literary Context: American brief Fiction highlights major American brief fiction that's studied by means of highschool and undergraduate students. This quantity contains dialogue of 39 works of brief fiction, together with: Bluebeard's Egg (Margaret Atwood); every little thing that Rises needs to Converge (Flannery O'Connor); woman (Jamaica Kincaid); move Down, Moses (William Faulkner); I Stand the following Ironing (Tillie Olson); Runaway (Alice Munro); Sonny's Blues (James Baldwin); Sweat (Zora Neale Hurston); The Haunting of Hill condominium (Shirley Jackson); the tale of an Hour (Kate Chopin); The Swimmer (John Cheever); to construct a hearth (Jack London); and you are grotesque, Too (Lorrie Moore).

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19/10/13 12:15 AM 32 | Introduction to Literary Context: American Short Fiction Discussion Questions 1. Examine the story for instances of irony. What role does irony play in this tale? 2. What has Fortunato done to Montresor and his family? Does Fortunato’s punishment fit his crime? 3. Are we meant to sympathize with Montresor? How would the story differ if told by Fortunato? 4. ”)? 5. To whom is Montresor telling his story? Why does he wait fifty years to tell it? 6. Why does Montresor echo Fortunato’s screams and last words?

Her fi rst marriage to a commissioned offi cer ended badly, as the isolation and continual relocation of military wifehood coupled a sense of being “cut off from people” caused her to attempt suicide before fi nally divorcing (270).  His discomfort with a social situation (dinner) is compounded by thinly veiled jealousy “If the writing can’t be made as good as it is within us to make it, then why do it?  Information about past experiences of each of the characters peppers the text as the story progresses.

1 (fall 1998). Albany: New York State Writers’ Institute. 23 November 2005. Sutton, Rosemary. The Red Shoes: Margaret Atwood Starting Out. Toronto: HarperCollins, 1998. For Further Study Margaret Atwood Reference Site http://www. com Margaret Atwood Society Homepage http://www. edu/~atwoodso/ Ridout, Alice. 4 (fall 2000): 849–871. Academic Search Premier. 6 December 2005. Wilson, Sharon Rose. Margaret Atwood’s FairyTale Sexual Politics. Jackson University Press of Mississippi, 1993. 19/10/13 12:14 AM 26 | Introduction to Literary Context: American Short Fiction Discussion Questions 1.

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