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Table 13: Outline of Character Actions in Steinbeck’s “Chrysanthemums
|Actions||Student’s Essay||Author’s Narrative|
|First Action||1. They both leave.||1. They both leave.|
|Second Action||2. Elisa notices the visitor as they pass him on the road.||2. Elisa notices a dark speck far ahead on the road.|
|Third Action||3. She tried not to look, but did anyway.||3. Elisa tried not to look as they passed it, but she looked anyway.|
|Fourth Action||4. She failed to tell Henry that he’d stopped by.||4. She saw the caravan ahead as the car passed them (the little covered wagon and the mismatched team).|
|Fifth Action||5. She comments that their outing would be good tonight.||5. She said, “It will be good, tonight, a good dinner.”|
|Sixth Action||6. Henry instantly noticed that she had changed again.||6. Henry complains that she has changed again.|
|Seventh Action||7. Elisa notices the plants on the side of the road that the visitor throws out.|
|Eighth Action||8. She immediately feels dejected and defeated.|
Circle the verbs under each column.
Develop a paragraph for each column: 1) student’s essay) and 2) author’s narrative. In other words, combine all of the actions into one paragraph. Compare and contrast both paragraphs.
Refer to the student’s analysis of Figure 75.
Develop a revised analysis of the author’s narrative based upon the actions of Elisa.
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