Genre: Short Story
Synopsis: In “Twilight Dawn” by Belinda
Anderson, the narrator, an elderly woman who enjoys creating special quilts
for friends and neighbors, gives her customers something to remind them
of friends long gone and times passed, while holding on to a piece of her
1. Letting go is the hardest
2. It took me a long, long time
to learn that holding on hurts worse than letting go.
3. People need these quilts.
With every pull on the thread, I try to stitch them a little hope.
Title: Hauling Evelyn
Genre: short story
Synopsis: In “Hauling Evelyn”
by Belinda Anderson, Susanna, an anxious and bitter mother of three, ignores
the pleas of her friends as she hauls the ashes of her deceased sister
in the trunk of her car, uncertain of how to let them go.
1. My sister’s been calling the
shots all my life, and if I’m not careful, this will just give her an excuse
to tighten her grip.
2. It’s hot, the mountains are
green, but you can just feel in the air that everything is about to change.
Foreshadowing: the use of
hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in the plot.
Provide an example of foreshadowing from
Characterization: the process
by which a writer reveals a character’s personality. Explain how
Belinda Anderson uses characterization for the following characters:
Atmosphere (Mood): the mood
or feeling created in a piece of writing. Obviously, the atmosphere is
different for both stories. List a few words that describe the atmosphere