Greetings, My AP Babies!
Before you begin this week’s task, it is important for you to recognize that writing was uncommon (and often punishable by law) among slaves and freed African Americans during the antebellum and Reconstruction periods.
What if one of the characters in Beloved kept a diary that detailed their thoughts and insights on the events happening around them? Of course, this diary would reveal much about this person’s inner feelings, motives, and reactions. You should be finished reading the novel at this point, so this week’s task will allow you to assume the persona of a character and to demonstrate your expert understanding of his or her actions and motives.
Here is your task for this week:
1. Select one character that intrigues you.
2. Create a personal diary or journal for that character, which should depict the major events happening in the story – both “seen” and “spectral” in the play itself. You are writing as if you are that character, from their viewpoint and perspective, in the first person narrative form.
You will be required to write a minimum of 3 entries, using at least 3 of the various modes of writing:
- A descriptive entry, using strong visual and sensory images to create a lasting impression on your reader. Anything can be vividly described – a room, a place, an object, a person, or an event which was significant to your character.
- A narrative entry, detailing a short story of a significant event including setting, characters, time sequence, brief plot, and dialogue.
- A persuasive entry – this entry will reflect your character’s wishes for something (an action or person), and how they might write to obtain their wish. For example, what might Beloved write to Sethe to convince her that she should be punished for murder? What might Baby Suggs (or any number of people) say to Denver, to convince her to let go of the baby ghost?
- A reflective entry – describing in detail what a significant event has meant to your character personally, how it has changed him or her personally, what important lesson did he or she learn from it, how will they apply it later in life?
Be sure to incorporate direct quotes from text as you provide rationale for your perspective and your diary entry…
That’s all for this week. Your original post is due Wednesday, November 30th at 10:00pm. Your response to at least two of your classmates’ posts is due by Sunday, December 4th at 10:00pm.
As always, I am here should you need me. :)