UNIT 1 - LESSON 1
Key Questions :
a) The following is a concise explanation of the different comprehensive strategies I adopted for reading this story.
Beginning with the "before-reading" strategies, I can say that at first my purpose for reading this story was merely to fulfil the tasks required this course. Later on, it became more for the satisfaction of my curiosity, particularly when I first noticed the story's tittle "The Rocking-horse Winner". The tittle was vague, so it compelled me to read further to discover what the story was about. Also i noticed that the story is a short story type I personally admire. The approach I decided to use for reading the story, was established naturally and spontaneously in my mind. This approach consisted of a deep attentive reading and a prolonged examination of every single event. The mere fact that this is a short story makes it compelling to any reader to adopt this approach because one cannot afford to miss a single detail.
Concerning the "during-reading" strategies, I started relating the event and characters of the story to social phenomenon and facts that we all encounter in real life. For instance, the depiction of the family and the attitude of its members typify a traditional family. They are a family with aristocratic origins that tried to conserve all the traditional habits and living patterns but desperately failed due to financial problems. Secondly, as the story progressed, I tried anticipating the next events. Some were as obvious, such as predicting the accommodation of Paul's augury, while others were considerably harder to predict like Paul's death at the end of the story.
Finally, after finishing the story, I naturally went through some of the "after-reading" strategies. I had questions, answers and ideas haunting my mind concerning the message we can get from the story, the contribution of Paul's death to that message, the mother's attitude and whether it would change after such a...