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Read “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway and “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl and complete “Notes for Analysis” handout for both short stories.

In class: discuss literary devices and provide examples of each. See handout.

Prompt: Select a literary device from one of the short stories we read in class (your choice), and develop a 2-3 page MLA style persuasive analysis to support your view.

The Writing Process:
● Brainstorm: Select one literary device and jot down ideas and evidence from the story to support it.
● Create a thesis: Literary Device + how its used and in which short story.
● Organize Ideas: Develop an outline of key ideas and evidence.
● Draft a 2-3 page persuasive analysis using critical and creative thinking.
● Include MLA style/works cited page.
● You may consult outside literary sources.
● Introduction should be creative, include a very brief summary (2-3 sentences) of the short story and lean towards your thesis (last few sentences).
● Revise for word choice, clarity, support, and organization.
● Edit for conventions (grammar and mechanics).

Bonus Prompt: Select something similar from both short stories and write a comparative analysis. For example: similarities in theme (gender identity in both), conflict (internal/external), characters (with similar traits)...

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    The theme in “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roal Dahl.
    The story evolves in a middle class home in England, where the plot refers to the murder by Mrs. Maloney of her husband, when he tells her that he is leaving her for another woman, even though she is pregnant and is a devoted wife. After her first reaction of evasion of reality, she impulsively kills her husband, but later acts extremely coldly and rationally to cover her crime.
    At first sight, we might think of a passion crime, but looking at the posterior actions she takes, we can conclude that it is a matter of betrayal and revenge.
    The first part is obvious. All of the exposition of the story leads us to think that she is a model wife that loves and cares about her husband, being the most important part of her days, the moment when he arrives from work, when she attends him in a lovely way. Then, there is not moral justification for his looking for emotional relations’ with other woman outside his wife.
    Nevertheless, he has betrayed her at the most unexpected moment of their common life: when she is pregnant and obviously needs more emotional support. Besides, the way he informs her: not with regard about her feelings, but rather in a cold manner...

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