Tuesday, May 9, 2017
English Essentials: Understanding How Characters Change
In yesterday's class, we discussed some of the ways Chris Kyle has changed over the course of the book (and movie). Because round characters can be seen from all sides, we get a sense of the emotions they experience as they go through major life changes. For example, when Kyle's wife says that his "hands feel different" after his first tour of Iraq, the audience is getting a clue that Kyle is not the same man that went off to war. His physical change represents his actual change as a soldier (and sniper). This change is further emphasized when Kyle becomes a father only a few minutes later in the movie.
For today, find a specific example of how Kyle changes in the book American Sniper and explain how he has changed from the man he was before that incident took place. Make sure to use a quote, cite your page number, and discuss the way Kyle changes in the quote. Give your reader an explicit explanation ("word for word") and an implicit explanation (implied meaning in the quote).
When you have explained Kyle's change, compare it to the movie. How is this change represented in the movie? Is it different (or the same) in any important ways?
Post your response in the comments section below. Be sure to check your spelling, punctuation, and grammar. You will receive a summative score for L1 (rubric here) and RL3 (rubric here).
Then, respond to your classmates with a specific and meaningful comment.