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									Roman Fever


 By Edith Wharton
             Symbolism
► Rome
► Coliseum
► “a twist of crimson silk”
► Mrs. Ansley’s movement ahead of Mrs.
  Slade at the end of the story.
        Characterization

Make a character chart for the two
 women. Describe what they look
  like and how they act. Focus on
 their personalities and behaviors.
     How does their conversation
 develop their characters and their
            relationship?
 Characterization
                        Mrs. Slade   Mrs. Ansley




Physical Descriptions




 Direct Statements




   Actions/Words
            Speed Dating
► You  have two minutes to discuss the
  question set.
► You must address only the question set in
  front of you during the two minutes.
► Both of you must have an equal chance to
  speak.
► You should reference passages from the
  text to support your views.
► You may consult your packet.
Brainstorm various
meanings of “fever.”
What are the literal and
  figurative meanings of
   “Roman Fever”? Use
examples from the text to
 support your thoughts.
         Setting

How does Wharton use space,
     interior and exterior, to
  communicate both theme and
 something important about her
            characters.
             Setting

Using what you know about setting,
    explain how the setting affects
   the readers’ interpretation of the
                 story.
         Characterization
► How  are the women alike?
► How are the women different?
► How do the women see each other
  inaccurately?
       Characterization

How does the conversation between
 the two women develop their
 characters and their relationship?
       Characterization

Where does the hatred between the
 two women come from? What is its
  source? What is the source of the
             source?
With which character do empathize
   the MOST: Mrs. Ansley or Mrs.
Slade? Why? Try to convince others
  by presenting evidence from the
  text and arguing against others'
              claims.
             Irony

Describe how irony is used in this
 story. Include examples from the
      text in your explanation.
              Irony

Which of the three types of irony is
 most prevalent (verbal, dramatic,
 situational)? Explain how Wharton
   uses this irony, using examples
            from the text.
       Foreshadowing

Explain how Wharton plants clues
 throughout the story to establish
  the situation between Alida and
 Grace. To what degree is the final
         speech a surprise?
            Choices

Consider the choices each character
 makes as well as the choices made
 for each character. Explain how the
  choices change the course of the
           characters’ lives.
             Theme

Think about the short stories you’ve
   read thus far. What pervading
  theme links them together? How
 are the women characters similar?
 How do the pieces mirror or react
     to society at the turn of the
               century?
                  3–2–1
On a half sheet of paper, write the following:

►3   ah ha! moments (3 things you learned)

►2   questions (that have not been answered)

►1   connection (self, text, world)
                  Fault
Who is at greatest fault in this story? Why?

 Should Grace have answered the letter?
Should Delphin have gone to the coliseum?

   What would you do in this situation?
           Topics/Themes
Why would Wharton write this story near the
         turn of the 20th century?

 Why would these women choose to write
       about controversial topics?

 How do you suppose the men of the time
  responded? The majority of the women?
                 Why?
           Student Questions
► Why   did Alida write the letter and not expect
  Grace to respond?
► Why did Delphin and Grace both go to the
  coliseum if they knew what might happen?
► Did Horace know that Grace was pregnant when
  he married her? If so, what might we infer about
  Horace?
► Why would these women still pretend to be friends
  after all these years?
► Is there any significance in that the two women
  are widows?
           Student Questions
► What  are some additional elements of
  foreshadowing?
► Did Grace truly gain the upper hand in the end?
► What is the irony in Mrs. Ansley’s first name—
  Grace?
► Would this story work with two male characters?
► Why is jealousy such a strong emotion?
► Was there a lesson that the women learned?
        Modern Translations
                  Irony—
Choose one of the four stories read thus far…

      Pinpoint an occurrence of irony…

  Sketch a comic that captures that ironic
                  scene…

								
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