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Question Set Two
To what extent are “Everyday Use’ and “Two Kinds” structurally similar?
Klages writes that “meanings can, and do, vary widely, but only those meanings which a community or culture agrees upon will appear to name reality” (35). How do communal and cultural contexts affect the meanings Mamma and Wangero/Dee, from “Everyday Use,” find in the signifier heritage?
Once again, Klages writes that “meanings can, and do, vary widely, but only those meanings which a community or culture agrees upon will appear to name reality” (35). How do communal and cultural contexts affect the meanings Jing-mei and her mother, from “Two Kinds,” find in the signifier genius?
On page 40, Klages writes that “signs are stored in your memory, for example, not in syntagmatic linear chains, but in associative” What network or cluster of signs do Mamma and Wangero/Dee, from “Everyday Use,” associate with the quilts at the center of the story?
On pages 42-43, Klages writes that “Levi-Strauss discusses how binary pairs, particularly binary opposites, form the basic structure of all human cultures, all human ways of thought, and all human signifying systems.” What binary pairs form Jing-mei’s ways of thought and influence her actions in “Two Kinds?”
Mary Klages, Literary Theory: A Guide for the Perplexed, Chapter 3, “Structuralism.”
Writing in Literature: “Reading a Novel or Story”
Writing in Literature: “Fiction and Close Reading”
Alice Walker, “Everyday Use.”
Amy Tan, “Two Kinds.”
Complete all of the reading listed above.
Prepare written answers to all questions in Question Set Two.
Submit written answers in a word document by Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 11:00 a.m.
Write a minimum of one well-organized, well-developed, five-sentence paragraph answer for each question.
Include the following in each paragraph:
A theoretically informed topic sentence that clearly answers the question;
A secondary sentence derived from or informed by Mary Klages’ Literary Theory: A Guide for the Perplexed that elaborates, explains, or expands the topic sentence;
A sentence that presents concrete details from the literary work as evidence for the topic sentence;
A sentence that presents a quotation from the literary work as support for topic sentence;
An analysis sentence(s) that unpacks the concrete details and quotations and explains how they support the topic sentence.
Format question set answers using MLA style.
Include a works cited page for the assignment.
Read the questions in the question set before you begin reading for the assignment.
Look up all words/terms you are not familiar with.
Annotate as you read.