Responding to Kate Atkinson’s “Life After Life”
I need the responses done by Sunday and the only source allowed is Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life.
In the first half of Life After Life, reflect upon the quote Atkinson provides from two philosophers and one of her fictional characters. Read these closely and summarize to your best abilities the questions presented here. Consider the ways in which these epigraphs ask us to consider important concepts and ideas. Next, address these questions from your own perspective. If given these choices, what would yours be? Why?
Discuss the narrative perspective and structure of the novel thus far. How is the novel structured? What is the effect of this? What is our narrator like? How does this novel both engage in the traditions of the novel? Challenge them? To what end?
Choose one event or episode from the second half of the novel that changes as Ursula relives her life. Briefly trace the various incarnations of that experience. What, ultimately, does Ursula come to understand from living this event over and over? Use direct textual evidence to support your discussion.
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