You will be introduced to critical thinking about short fiction through the use

You will be introduced to critical thinking about short fiction through the use of literary criticism approaches, or lenses. By the time you come to complete this assignment, you will have participated in the discussion on “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid where you will share with classmates (and see their own experiences) the organic lens you may apply – meaning how does your perspective guide you in reading a story like this.
To complete this assignment, you will need to be sure that you make plenty of annotations and take notes on your experience applying a Formalist/New Criticism lens to Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried” and a Feminist/Gender Criticism lens to Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” – it will benefit you to be able to discuss both stories/lenses in your short response.
Using specific, critical, and analytical language, I want you to tell me your experience reading these two stories with the use of their respective lenses; that means you should specifically tie a Formalist/New Criticism lens to your comments on “The Things They Carried” and specifically tie a Feminist/Gender Criticism Lens to your comments on “Hills Like White Elephants”.
Some questions you might consider as you plan your response would be:
What challenges did you face/overcome?
What seemed easy or natural?
What did you learn about yourself and your reading strategies?
What did you learn about the text, the characters, the narrator, or the author?
How did these lenses help you to think more deeply and critically about the texts?
How might this influence your approach to reading/thinking critically about texts in the future?
In a 1-2 page response, I want you to tell me a clear and structured manner about your experience applying lenses to the two texts.
(Using the first person “I” is appropriate here, but you need to be specific, direct, and maintain an academic tone rather than being informal, casual, and conversational.)