Subject: 2.4….resources to use biblegateway.com and https://www.biography.com/people/isaac-bashevis-singer-9484987
For this assignment you will explore how characters from three stories might define the “good life” or a “well-lived life.” You will also discuss what scripture says about a well-lived life and how you might apply various definitions of a well-lived life to your own personal or professional journey.
Upon successful completion of this assignment you will be able to:
- Explain how characterization is used to communicate versions of a well-lived life.
- Apply literary discoveries about human nature to your own personal/professional life.
- Textbook: Pearson Custom Introduction to Literature
- Bible: www.biblegateway.com
Read Isaac Bashevis Singer’s biography here.
Read Singer’s “Gimpel the Fool” (pp. 106-115).
Review Gilman’s “The Yellow Wall-paper” (pp. 60-73) as needed.
Review Cather’s “Neighbour Rosicky” (pp. 77-101) as needed.
Answer the following questions:
- List two character traits possessed by Gimpel at the beginning of the story. Support your answer with specific reference to the story.
- Identify an antagonist (or challenge) that Gimpel is faced with in the story. Support your answer with specific reference to the story.
- How has Gimpel changed (or what has he learned) by the end of the story? Support your answer with specific reference to the story.
- Give one example of a way in which it could be argued that Gimpel is a fool.
- Give one example of a way in which it could be argued that Gimpel is not a fool.
- What message or theme do you think is implied by the story?
- Identify two literary devices that are used in the story, and give an example of each.
- Write a thesis statement for the story in the format that you have learned in this class.
- How do you think Gimpel would define a well-lived life? Use at least one quote from the story to support your answer.
- Choose a character from “The Yellow Wall-paper” or “Neighbour Rosicky” and explain how you think that character would define a well-lived life. Use at least one quote from the story to support your answer.
- Choose either Gimpel or the character you chose in the previous question, and identify the values implied in that character’s definition of a well-lived life. Evaluate these values from a biblical perspective, including at least one biblical quotation. (Use www.biblegateway.com to help you locate relevant scriptures.)
- What is your personal definition of a well-lived life? Explain your answer.
- What do you think are the main barrier(s) or challenge(s) that hinder you from living your personal definition of a well-lived life?
- Identify how one of these stories suggests possible ways to resolve barriers or challenges to experiencing a well-lived life.