This week’s discussion focuses on the short stories by Barthelme and July. We will take a close look at the personas who are speaking in each story and consider whether their arguments are effective.
“Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby””The Shared Patio”
Begin your discussion post by stating the argument each persona is making.
Then start a brief character sketch of each persona. What can you say about the personas in these two stories? Make a list of their characteristics.
Finally, discuss which persona you are more persuaded by and why. What rhetorical appeals does this character employ to make his/her argument effective?