Introduction to Literature shakespeares play a midsummer Night’s Dream

you’ll read Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This play blends elements of reality and fantasy. Part of the action takes place in an enchanted wood that’s ruled by fairies. Another play you’ll read is Los Vendidos, which includes elements of fantasy. As you read the two short stories assigned below, look for the symbols and allusions used by the authors. œInterpreter of Maladies Read œInterpreter of Maladies in your Literature textbook (pages 141“159). œInterpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri, describes tourists in a foreign country. After reading the story once, return to this study guide to read an analysis of the story. Mr. and Mrs. Das are of East Indian ancestry, but were born in America. Their parents have returned to India to retire, and this move prompts the Das family, who are thoroughly Americanized, to visit India. The story is set on the East Coast of India. Mr. Kapasi is the tour guide who has been hired to drive the family around the country. The make of Mr. Kapasi’s car is an Ambassador, which is ironic in itself, because Mr. Kapasi is an unofficial ambassador, in that he’s introducing this Indian-American couple to the country of their parents. Note the several ironies of this story. The Das family has money to travel far away from their home”money that Mr. Kapasi will never have. He functions as a tour guide to introduce them to their own culture, from which they’re alienated. He speaks not one but several languages and his English diction is precise. œThat is correct, he says (page 152). Mr. and Mrs. Das, by contrast, speak in slang and meaningless phrases such as œneat and œcool. Mr. Das doesn’t look at the scenery so much as he reads a guidebook which hasn’t even been published in India. A subplot is developed as Mrs. Das confides to Mr. Kapasi her sexual infidelity to her husband that resulted in Bobby’s birth. The author prepares us for this revelation by pointing out that Bobby has lighter skin than his brother and sister. Lesson 1 Mrs. Das confides in Mr. Kapasi because she hopes he can help her (page 157). She’s looking for œsome kind of remedy (page 157). Mr. Kaposi has seen Mrs. Das as a romantic figure and has imagined exchanging letters with her. However, he hasn’t seen her as a potential sexual partner, but rather as someone who will help him feel better about himself. His wife resents his work and doesn’t think it’s romantic. As a boy, he had hoped that his facility with languages would let him rise to an exalted position as a diplomat. When he thinks about Mrs. Das, he thinks about her with the same glow of good feeling that came to him when a foreign language suddenly came clear to him. œAs his mind raced, Mr. Kapasi experienced a mild and pleasant shock. It was similar to a feeling he used to experience long ago when, after months of translating with the aid of a dictionary, he would finally read a passage from a French novel, or an Italian sonnet, and understand the words (page 150). It’s significant in the story that the family and the tour guide stop at the Temple of the Sun. This temple is lined with carved images (friezes) of men and women making love, mostly in standing poses. These images parallel the grand view Grace Ansley and Alida Slade see from their terrace in Rome in the story œRoman Fever. In an exotic setting, far from the regular routine of home, a person will say or do something he or she might not under ordinary circumstances. This loosening of inhibitions is one of the attractions of travel. œA Worn Path Read œA Worn Path in your Literature textbook (pages 212“219). œA Worn Path, by Eudora Welty, was first published in 1941. After reading the story once, return to this study guide to read an analysis of the story. œA Worn Path is told from the objective, or dramatic, point of view. Remember that with the objective point of view, the author is like a camera that can go anywhere and record anything, but can’t interpret what it records. Thus, the camera is objective and doesn’t give an opinion on what

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