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Essay/Narrative Choices for November Below are several topics you can write on. Each one centres on one of the three short stories we have done in class so far. Some are geared for the essay, and some are geared for the short story. Please choose ONE out of all of them, and write an essay or short story. “The Landlady” by Roald Dahl 1.) Discuss a time when someone or something in your life appeared to be different from what he/she or it actually was. Be specific, and explain why you believe they acted this way. What was the situation? How did it affect you? What ended up happening? 2.) Discuss a time in your life when you acted differently than who or what you really are. Be specific, and explain why you acted this way. What was the situation? Who did you affect? How did it affect you? How did things end? 3.) Why is it always important to be true to who and/or what we are? 4.) “Things are not always as they seem.” Discuss how our lives can be affected when things are not always as they seem. “The Possibility of Evil” by Shirley Jackson 1.) Have you ever spread rumours about another person? Why? How did you feel? 2.) Have you ever discovered that someone has spread rumours about you? How did you feel? What did you do? 3.) Is there a difference between telling a lie and spreading a rumour? Discuss. 4.) Why are some people quick to think the worst of others? How does this affect our society/world? 5.) For centuries, philosophers have debated whether people are basically good or evil. The newspapers and other media publicize daily accounts of crime, leading some people to believe there is considerable evil in the world. What argument could you put forth showing that people are basically good? “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst 1.) Discuss a time when your pride caused you to hurt someone you love. What did you do, and why? Did you realize at the time what you were doing? How did everything unfold? 2.) Discuss a time when someone else’s pride hurt you. What did they do? How did you feel? How did you react? How did everything unfold? 3.) Discuss the theme of this story, “Pride often causes people to hurt those they love.” How does pride affect our lives, and those we love?
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