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11: Offer and defend your interpretation of one short story above and of one other piece.
The Gossips – a painting by Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell put on canvas the concept that as a story, or rumor, is passed from person to person, it changes with each retelling. Whatever the rumor being spread in the painting is, judging by the appearances on their faces, it appears to be shocking to the women and humorous to the men. Except to the last man, who appears to deny it when told, then angrily confronts the woman who started it all. She, in turn, seems dismayed, as if that was not what she said at all. By including himself and his wife in the picture, he implies that no one is exempt from spreading a little juicy gossip at times.

Star Beast – a story by Nicholas Stuart Gray

The analogy of small minded people, blinded by their egocentricity, is portrayed in this story. Any form of life, because it does not look like a human, can in no way be superior to, let alone be equal to, the human intellect. As the experts in different disciplines come to interrogate the creature, they are so blinded with their notions of superiority that they don’t even let him speak. Even the religious sector is so threatened by this creature that they momentarily forget their hatred of each other. In the end, the creature submits to learned helplessness, developing a pattern of avoidance behavior.

The men in the story represent that part inside most of us that refuses to acknowledge something that would go against the foundations of some of our beliefs. The creature can represent any new idea or concept. Aristarchus’s theory of a heliocentric solar system, for example, was criticized and left to wander in the forest with the beasts for over two thousand years.



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Test question: 11. Offer and defend your interpretation of one short story above and of one other piece.


Title:The Gossips – a painting by Norman Rockwell
Norman Rockwell puts on canvas the concept that as a story, or rumor, is passed from person to person, it changes with each retelling. Whatever the rumor being spread in the painting is, judging by the appearances on their faces, it appearsneed to stick to same tense in one short paragraph, started with past in put to be shocking to the women and humorous to the men--. Except to the last man, who appears to deny it when told, then angrily confronts the woman who started it all.not a sentence—will be better with a dash She, in turn, seems dismayed, as if that was not what she said at all. By including himself and his wife in the picture, he implies that no one is exempt from spreading a little juicy gossip at times.
This is a bit off, because it doesn’t follow one theme, but many. Let me try playing with it a bit:

Norman Rockwell puts on canvas the concept that as a story, or rumor, is passed from person to person, it changes with each retelling. This is good, and now we need to expand on this theme ONLY


Now, this sentence should support the first sentence, but it doesn’tWhatever the rumor being spread in the painting is, judging by the appearances on their faces, it appears shocking to the women and humorous to the men--except to the last man, who appears to deny it when told, then angrily confronts the woman who started it all. She, in turn, seems dismayed, as if that was not what she said at all. Again, it’s not clear why you are telling the reader this, since it doesn’t support the key point above nor the key point below.

Another possible interpretation of the piece is that no one is exempt from spreading a little juicy gossip at times. This in turn is evident by the fact that he includes himself and his wife in the piece (this is perceptive on your part).


Star Beast – a story by Nicholas Stuart Gray


The analogy of small minded people, blinded by their egocentricity, is portrayed in this story. A clear moral: People at times at least, tend to be small minded, and blinded by their egocentricity They mistakenly believe that Aany form of life, because it does not look like a human, can in no way be superior to, let alone be equal to, the human intellect. As the experts in different disciplines come to interrogate the creature, they are so blinded withby? their notions of superiority that they don’t even let him speak. Even the religious sector is so threatened by this creature that they momentarily forget their hatred of each other. In the end, the creature submits to learned helplessness, developing a pattern of avoidance behavior.

The men in the story represent that part inside most of us that refuses to acknowledge something that would go against the foundations of some of our beliefs. The creature can represent any new idea or concept. Aristarchus’s theory of a heliocentric solar system, for example, was criticized and left to wander in the forest with the beasts for over two thousand years. The last paragraph is beautiful, and captures the point imaginatively


Starbeast is good. Again, clearly state one moral or one hidden layer of meaning, then go on explain why you believe that is the writer’s point. Here, the task is a bit like that of an attorney.



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