Tutor profile: Katie C.
What are three ways you could make a character more relatable to the audience?
1. Give the character a vulnerability (or multiple). 2. Show the character failing in some capacity. 3. Detail, detail, detail — the more specific personality traits/habits you attribute to your character, the more they are brought to life and humanized.
Discuss Nick Adams' reaction to the suffering Indian woman vs. her husband's reaction and their relation to empathy in Hemingway's short story "Indian Camp."
As a young boy, this experience at the Indian Camp was likely Nick's first encounter with profound personal suffering, and he had a few choices on how to respond. He could've empathized with the woman, which is what her husband did to an extreme level; the husband killed himself to avoid witnessing his wife's pain. Instead Nick identified with his father and deemed the woman's screams unimportant, exhibiting a cold, detached response. This is clear by the final line of the story: "In the early morning on the lake sitting in the stem of the boat with his father rowing, he felt quite sure he would never die." By rejecting empathy, Nick rejected the death of self that empathy can bring. There was a third option: recognize the woman's pain, empathize without letting it be all-consuming, and try to help her, but it's possible Nick's father did not take this option because of racism and/or sexism, and Nick followed by example.
What is symbolic interactionism and why is it a critical approach under the Interpretive Paradigm research methodology?
Symbolic interactionism is an area of research emphasizing the relationships between symbols, the social world, and social interaction. It is a critical approach to the Interpretive Paradigm because the heart of the Paradigm is the concept of varied interpretations; human thought (the mind) and social interaction (the self and others) help us make sense of the world in which we live (our society).
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