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Creative Writing

Lesson 7- Haircut

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While the story "Haircut" looks simple at first, it's fairly complex. What do you think is the main reason for this? The whole story is filtered through the barber and he is a complex character.
How necessary is it that we, as readers, believe what we're told by the barber? Narrators can be crazy, liars, or confused. There’s no rule that says any character in any story has to tell the truth. It may be part of the story that he gives a biased report.
How would the story change if it had been written without the barber being the narrator? If the author had used a different point of view, like one of the third person viewpoints, what would be lost? The whole story would change; the barber's "spin" makes the story what it is.
True or False: Using the barber must have been a basic decision made by the author and not just a whimsical choice. True
True or False: There's some evidence that this is a true statement the barber makes about Jim: "He was kind of rough, but a good fella at heart." False
True or False: Paul was absolutely incapable of intelligent thinking. False
True or False: Jim could take a joke as well as dish one out. False
True or False: The barber assumes Doc Stair was upset with Jim for what they did to Julie, but there's no clear evidence that he was going to do anything about it; it's only the barber's guess. True
Which statement works best? A. Doc put Paul up to killing Jim. B. It was an accident and Doc didn't want Paul blamed for it. C.Anything is a possibility, but the story--on purpose, most likely--doesn't give us a very clear answer. C.Anything is a possibility, but the story--on purpose, most likely--doesn't give us a very clear answer.
Is this something the Barber logically observed or guessed about? "There used to be plenty fun here Saturdays." Logically have observed or had knowledge
Is this something the Barber logically observed or guessed about? "[Jim's wife] couldn't never understand him [Jim]." Guessing about
Is this something the Barber logically observed or guessed about? ". . . Jim used to travel for a canned goods concern. . ." Logically have observed or had knowledge
Is this something the Barber logically observed or guessed about? "He told it all around town, how he had outfoxed his missus." Logically have observed or had knowledge
Is this something the Barber logically observed or guessed about? "[Paul] fell out of a tree when he was about ten years old." Logically have observed or had knowledge
Is this something the Barber logically observed or guessed about? ". . . though of course it wasn't nothing but pity on [Julie's] side." Guessing about
Is this something the Barber logically observed or guessed about? "I don't suppose [Julie] had any idear how her face changed when him and her was together; of course she couldn't of, or she'd of kept away from him." Guessing about
Is this something the Barber logically observed or guessed about? "[Jim] called Julie up on a night when he knew Doc was over in Carterville." Logically have observed or had knowledge
Is this something the Barber logically observed or guessed about? "[Julie] pretty near fell downstairs and the whole gang after her." Logically have observed or had knowledge
Is this something the Barber logically observed or guessed about? "It's a cinch Doc went up in the air and swore he'd make Jim suffer." Guessing about
Is this something the Barber logically observed or guessed about? "He was goin' to do somethin', but it took a lot of figurin'." Guessing about
Is this something the Barber logically observed or guessed about? "It probably served Jim right, what he got." Logically have observed or had knowledge
Created by: astubelt