Recall that our guiding questions for the semester are the following:
- How does this text work?
- Who is it for?
- Why was it created?
- What intended and unintended value messages does it contain?
- Have I applied the criteria above to my own work?
Today, we will attempt to use these questions to help us better understand the impact of voice on a text. Let’s take a look at a definition:
“A voice in literature is the form or a format through which narrators tell their stories. It is prominent when a writer places himself / herself into words and provides a sense the character is real person conveying a specific message the writer intends to convey. In simple words, it is an author’s individual writing style or point of view. When a writer engages personally with a topic, in fact, he imparts his personality to that piece of literature. This individual personality is different from other individual personalities, other writers put into their own works. Thus, voice is a unique personality of a literary work. Depending upon the type of work, authors may use a single voice, or multiple voices.”
At your tables, I’d like you to use the quotation above to generate questions that will guide our investigation today. Once we have decided upon questions, you will choose one of the following texts to examine in detail.
- I’m Not the Indian You Had in Mind by Thomas King
- Cross by Langston Hughes
- My Papa’s Waltz by Theodore Roethke
- Old Chinese Cemetery Kamloops: July 1977
- Strange Meeting by Wilfred Owen
- We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks
- Barbie Doll by Marge Piercy