Short Story - First Quarter Project

  • (W) Letter to the Author – Edgar Allen Poe, The Cask of Amontillado
  • (W) Short Story – Free Write Using W. S. Merwin’s “My Friends”
  • (C) Comic Strip Depicting Bank Scene from Tobias Wolff’s “Bullet in the Brain”
  • (W) Fiction or Reality: Compare A Similar Experience You Share With A Character – Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado
  • (W) Discuss Your Favourite Quote From The Story – Denis Johnson’s “Emergency”
  • (W) Discuss in Depth the Relevance of the Title. – Denis Johnson’s “Emergency”
  • (W) Write A Letter To A Character From This Story - Bank Robber from Tobias Wolff’s “Bullet in the Brain”
  • (C) Top Ten Things You Learned From This Story - Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"


Why did Tom volunteer to drive Kevin?
Tom volunteered to drive Kevin back home after he was released from prison. He probably did this because he feels guilty that the man was wrongfully imprisoned. However, if we look deeper, we could say that Tom was doing it to honor Victor. Victor, Tom probably felt, would probably have no ill feelings towards Kevin if he was still alive. Like Tom said, a courtesy ride is the least he can do.

Why was the story told in a nonlinear fashion?
This story was a series of events that spanned the course of 25 years, and was told in a nonlinear fashion. This was probably done because the creators of Boomtown know that we are easily bored with linear story telling. However, I think it was told this way to allow the audience to think more about the story itself. If a story is told non-linearly, it demands so much more thought and attention from the audience, and I feel that is really the reason it was told in such a way. I think anyone who has seen this episode could agree that if this story was told in a linear fashion it would be incredibly dull.

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( - Book Description of Jonathon Gottschall's book)