Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, the Observers)
Chapter 1, the Observers
In The Death of Woman Wang, the author employs primarily the third-person point-of-view. The third-person perspective offers a logical and rationally persuasive perspective where the narrator is an outsider who can report only what he or she sees and hears. This narrator can tell us what is happening, but cannot tell us the thoughts of the individuals. The aim of this lesson is to examine the book's point-of-view in this section.
1) Class Discussion: What is point-of-view? Why is it important in telling a story? What are the different points-of-view used in autobiographical fiction book writing? Why do the students think that Spence tells the story in the third-person perspective alone? How do the students think the meaning of the story would change if Spence told the story from the first-person alone? In the first-person perspective of an individual like Huang that is...
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