Tobias Wolfe's "Say Yes" is examined. I assist with ideas to write a journaled response focusing on these categories:
Journal Your First Impressions: Take time to gather your thoughts - to pull together what seems most significant. Include any questions the story may have raised in your mind.
Keep a Running Commentary: Jot down your observations, queries, and comments as you read along.
Journal Your Personal Response: A considerable amount of effective writing about literature does offer the results of close reading but also goes beyond careful interpretation to the personal response. Focus on your personal connection to this story.
Using your journal, produce the following written documents:
Precis: After reading the text, write a precis while remembering to include only the essential details. (Note: You will have to read the question and answer section of this unit to successfully complete this part of your assignment.)
Journal Summary: A summary of the important issues and responses you uncovered while journaling.
Post your entire journal entry, the journal summary, and the precis to the Discussion Board. In your comments on other postings, pay particular attention to the differences in interpretations and responses. What do you think accounts for these differences?
As you read Tobias Wolfe's "Say Yes," please apply some of these ideas in your journal and précis:
In terms of first impressions, I am struck by the husband's character. I do not like his lack of empathy or personality; he is a pretty unsympathetic character. I think that he has some hidden racist views, and I do not like him for that. However, what really bothers me is that he does not seem to be honest toward Ann and does not even seem to know his wife. He also seems to have a hidden motive for wanting to wash the dishes as if this is a major brownie point for him. I also question and wonder why they are together in the first place, what commonalities or goals they share, do they have kids, and other questions.
As you keep a running commentary, you might want to jot down your observations, queries, and comments as you read along such as:
The husband seems arrogant as he brags, "Unlike most men he knew, he really pitched ...