“Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.” This quote — the first sentence of Gabriel García Márquez’s novel — is one of the great openings in literary history. It’s hard to disagree: The sentence plunges us immediately into a drama, acquaints us with a character on the brink of death, and yet intrigues us with the reference to his long-forgotten memory. That sentence makes us want to keep reading. Hence this assignment: choose a short-story (from the ones listed under this Unit*) whose opening words, sentences, and/or paragraphs grab and hold your attention. Then explain how this prepares you for what follows. Identify at least two elements of fiction (setting, point of view, diction, etc.) and discuss how they function in the passage. * note that the following short-story has just been added to the syllabus; you may consider it for both the Discuss and Complete assignments under this Unit: Guy de Maupassant, “The Necklace” (1884), available here http://photos.state.gov/libraries/hochiminh/646441/vantt/The%20necklace.pdf Alternatively, explicate of a story. does the ending imply about the fates of the story’s characters, and about the story’s take on its central theme?
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