Instructions How to Write

Short Story: Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates

HOW TO WRITE AN ESSAY ON “POINT OF VIEW”
First, choose one these three short stories to write about: "Barn Burning," or "Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been." Then write this little essay focusing on the main character's point of view.

The short story, “ “, written by ___________________, is written from the point of view of (choose one): (an omniscient observer) or (the character named ____________). There are three experiences which demonstrate his viewpoint.
In the first experience, ____________ is at the ____________……..He sees the event through his eyes and thinks that ………………….. In fact, the lines in the story illustrate this when he says “…… (page.___).
In the second experience, _______________ is (doing what?) _______________.Through his eyes, he thinks that ……………. Indeed, we see this exact thought in the lines of the story when he states, “ ________(page.____).
In the third experience, we see _________ at the ____________________.Through his eyes, he thinks that…………………… These thoughts are illustrated in the lines from the story where he states, “_______(page.__).
5. If the short story, “ “ had been told through the eyes of _____________, it would have been much different.

6. In the same first experience, ______________ would see this as………….

7. In the second experience, ______________ would probably have…………

8.In the third experience, ________________would probably ........................

9. (Your opinion.Answer these questions: " Was __________’s point of view sufficient to understand the short story? Were all three experiences strong evidence of __________’s personality and his weaknesses and strengths? Sum it up.

(Note: Above statements. Just fill in the blanks and add experiences. You don’t have to use the exact same words!)

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