Oedipus Rex Essay

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Instructor’s Resource Guide to accompany Literature: Craft & Voice Nicholas Delbanco and Alan Cheuse Prepared by Thomas M. Kitts St. John’s University, NY A Note to Instructors In the following pages, I offer responses to works, approaches for presentation, responses to questions in the text, and possible writing assignments. I am sure some of my ideas will be more helpful than others, and some will be different from yours and your students’. Please remember to consider all that follows as suggestive rather than definitive. Nicholas Delbanco, Alan Cheuse, and I appreciate any comments or suggestions you have on the text or the manual. Table of Contents (hold Ctrl and Click to go directly to the desired section) Thematic Table of Contents 7 CHAPTER 1: READING A STORY FOR ITS ELEMENTS 22 A Conversation on Writing with John Updike (p. 4) 22 “A & P”—John Updike (p. 5) 23 “The Story of an Hour”—Kate Chopin (p. 13) 25 “An Ounce of Cure”—Alice Munro (p. 15) 25 Suggestions for Writing 27 CHAPTER 2: GOING FURTHER WITH READING 28 “Rapture”—Anton Chekhov (p. 25) 28 A Conversation on Writing with Richard Ford (p. 32) 29 “Optimists”—Richard Ford (p. 33) 30 A Conversation with Amy Tan (p. 42) 32 “Two Kinds”—Amy Tan 33 Suggestions for Writing 35 CHAPTER 3: WRITING ABOUT FICTION 36 A Conversation on Writing with Jamaica Kincaid (p. 52) 36 “Girl”—Jamaica Kincaid (p. 53) 37 Suggestions for Writing 38 CHAPTER 4: PLOT 39 A Conversation on Writing with T. Coraghessan Boyl” (p. 76) 40 “Greasy Lake”—T. C. Boyle (p. 77) 40 “Araby”—James Joyce (p. 86) 42 “The Conjurer Made Off with the Dish”—Naguib Mahfouz (p. 91) 44 “Circumcision”—Pramoedya Toer (p. 95) 45 Suggestions for Writing 47 CHAPTER 5: CHARACTER 48

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