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'The Wasteland' story unit

Study a short story by Alan Paton

Dinah O'Meara

on 15 February 2013

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Transcript of 'The Wasteland' story unit

Useful links http://asenseofbelongingjustice.webs.com/thewasteland.htm http://www.bebo.com/Chapters.jsp?ChapterId=6633444309&MemberId=6633375053 The story text: http://curryp.ism-online.org/files/2009/08/The-Waste-Land-by-Alan-Paton.doc About the author Alan Stewart Paton (11 January 1903 – 12 April 1988) was a South African author and anti-apartheid activist. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Paton http://www.nytimes.com/1988/04/13/obituaries/alan-paton-author-who-fought-against-apartheid-is-dead-at-85.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm Let's go back in time... to 1957 apartheid - definition waste·land
/ˈwāstˌland/ Study booklet – if you lose it, you can get another copy from your moodle course for AS2.1. Beyond the Text ideas are required for Excellence grades.
One way is to make this kind of connection to your own experience or community. Background to the Text The Wasteland A short story
Alan Paton BEYOND THE TEXT http://jlbenet.com/lottery.pdf Beyond the Text ideas are required for Excellence grades. One way is to make a comparison to another text with a similar theme or situation. STRUCTURE
1. The title: denotation connotations symbolism
2. Copy the first line and deconstruct the language: Comment on key words: creation of atmosphere; parts of speech; narrative point of view.

3. How are tension and an atmosphere of fear created in the first two paragraphs?
4. Have you ever felt the kind of fear described in this story? How does Paton help us imagine what fearing for your life is like?
5. Write a 4 line summary of the plot OR draw a short comic strip.
6. From the descriptive details given in the story, sketch the physical setting of the wasteland.
7. Graph the structure. Is there a traditional resolution?
8. How is dramatic tension maintained throughout the story?
** foreshadowing - builds tension/ conveys main character's point of view
9. How is an impression of danger, fear, and growing despair created through clues and key images? When do we realise the outcome cannot be good?
10. What is the 'surprise' near the end and how is it revealed to the reader? LANGUAGE
In addition to the following chart, other effective language techniques used in the story include:
dialogue imperative repetition of key words/ phrases sensory imagery
20. Why the use of poetic diction/ formal style?

21. Is the dialogue realistic? Look at the dialogue and find an example of:
- an imperative- an affirmative statement- an interrogative
22. How is sensory imagery used to make the hunted man's experience vivid and real? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apartheid_in_South_Africa Page 7 NARRATIVE POINT OF VIEW

11. Evaluate Paton’s choice of an omniscient third person narrator instead of a first person narrator.
12. How is the reader manipulated into taking sides?
13. Why isn't the main character given a name? Why doesn't the narrator say "my son's body" or "Freddy's body" - why does he always say "the body of the young man"? Page 6 Page 6
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