Scenes

Task One. Scenes:

  1. Anna and Walter in the country: 66-69
  2. The two couples at the hotel: 69-71
  3. Anna and Walter in the bedroom: 71-72
  4. The two couples at the hotel: 73-75
  5. Anna and Walter in the bedroom: 75-77
  6. Anna and Walter at the hotel: 83-85
  7. Anna at the rooming house: 89-92
  8. Three-Fingered Kate: 92-93 (until “Let’s go out. I don’t want to stay any longer, do you?”)
  9. Camden Town High Street: 93 (from “It was six o’clock”)-97
  10. Laurie: 97-101
  11. Oddenino’s: 101-104
  12. RITZ-PLAZA: 104-111
  13. Ethel Matthews: 111-115

 

  1. Conflict in a scene usually results from the differences between what different characters want.

Where does the conflict in this scene come from? In other words, what does Anna want? What do the other characters want?

  1. For a scene to maintain dramatic interest, it must be rich in subtext. Subtext refers to what is being communicated underneath the literal surface meaning of what is being said. All conversation contains subtext.

For your scene, describe what each character is literally saying. Explain any possible subtexts that are lurking beneath the surface.

  1. I find this novel quite funny. I think Anna is a funny character. Parts of this novel make me laugh out loud.

Does anything funny happen in your scene? If so, cite it. What, exactly, is funny about it?

  1. The way Anna describes people and objects and places veers frequently into the grotesque or the cartoonish. She paints a very particular portrait of her world.

Is anything described in a cartoonish or grotesque way in this scene? If so, cite it. Explain exactly why you find this description cartoonish or grotesque.

  1. For me, the most delicious part of this novel is Anna’s personality. I love her. I could listen to her talk about anything.

Cite something that Anna says or does that demonstrates her personality. Why did you choose this passage? What do you think it says about Anna’s personality?

  1. The particular place that Anna finds herself tends to heavily influence her mood and her disposition.

How does Anna describe her surroundings in this scene? Does she personify her surroundings in any way? Does she attribute a particular colour or mood to it? Does she focus on any specific objects? What greater symbolic meaning might lie behind these objects?

  1. Anna describes things in very particular ways. She tends to combine different senses to produce a sense of place rich in imagery.

Highlight one moment from the scene where Anna focuses on a particular sense, or a combination of senses. How does this emphasis on sense imagery give us greater insight into the conflict inherent in this scene?

 

Task Two: thinking about your creative product

Start thinking of what scene you’d like to work with for your creative product. Also, start thinking of what medium you’d like to work in. Look through your novel. (If you haven’t finished the novel yet, keep in mind that there’s more possibilities to come).

Look through your novel for possible scenes. Pick one, and think about what you might do for your creative product. Discuss this with your partner. Then, each of you should write a little freewrite/brainstorm about what scene you might choose and what you might do, exactly. Keep in mind that this is just an idea-generating exercise. You’re not married to any ideas you come up with here.

 

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