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"And of Clay Are We Created"

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Anna Kinder

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Transcript of "And of Clay Are We Created"

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
Conflict, Theme, and Point of View
"And of Clay Are We Created"
In 1985, a volcano erupted in
Colombia, killing more than 23,000 people. The heat of the volcano melted sheets of ice, resulting in mudslides.
Let's read an article about the photojournalist
who took this picture.
The media focused much
attention on 13-year-old
Omayra Sanchez who
was trapped in the mud.

As a review, the two major types:

1. Internal
2. External

Within these two, there are four general sub-types:
1. Man vs. Man
2. Man vs. Self
3. Man vs. Nature
4. Man vs. Society

Which sub-types of conflict did you notice in the story?
Much like theme, stories
often include multiple conflicts.

Conflicts within "And Of Clay Are We Created":

1. Rolf; Man vs. Self
2. Colombia: Man vs. Nature
3. Azucena: Man vs. Nature
Rolf and Azucena: Man vs. Society

What does conflict add to a story?

Why do humans gravitate
towards drama?

1. Which character tells "And of Clay Are We Created?"

2. What are the benefits of this individual narrating the story? What are the drawbacks?

3. How might the story change if told through the eyes of another character?
The Power of Point-of-View
1. Third person limited: narrator is not a character in the story and does not have access to each character's internal thoughts; key pronouns (he, she, it, they, them, him, her)

2. Third person ominiscient: narrator is not a character in the story but has access to the thoughts of all characters ("omniscient" = all-knowing; its roots are "omni" which means "all" and "science" which means "knowledge"); key pronouns (he, she, it, they, them, him, her)

3. First person: narrator is a character in the story; key pronouns (I, me, we)

4. Second person: the reader becomes the narrator and is pulled into the story by the usage of the pronoun "you"
Types of point of view and their key pronouns:
What is theme?

What are some potential themes of this story?
Helpful things to remember-- theme:

Themes are the messages, main ideas, and underlying meanings that stories express; the "moral of the story"

Like conflict, there are often many themes in a single work.

Theme differs from subject, because themes are usually expressed in several words. They DO take stances and make statements.

Themes in "Of Clay Are We Created"?
1985 Eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz Volcano in Colombia
An interview with the author of
"And Of Clay Are We Created," Isabel Allende
Monday, 9/12
1. Who narrated the story
you read Friday?

2. Rewrite a portion of the
story from either Rolf or Azucena's perspective
(5-7 sentences).
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