Choose ONE story/author below to respond to for the initial post (either #1, #2, or #3. Choose the story that spoke to you the most). Read the story, paying particularly close attention to the footnotes. Be sure to read the research, historical background on the author, and culture in the pages preceding the story as well. Then, conduct some of your own research, again focusing on the historical background of the author and the culture portrayed in the story.
How does the research inform your understanding of the readings? You may note how some of that information is portrayed throughout, by considering setting, language, characterization, plot, conflict, symbolism, and more to help you get started. References:

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