JACK LONDON JACK LONDON: Take notes on NATURALISM CHARACTERISTICS OF NATURALISM: 1. focus on the lives of ordinary people in realistic situations 2. contrast with romantic view of nature as a maternal and healing force 3. view of nature and the universe as cold indifferent forces 4. individuals are victims of forces they cannot control CHARACTERISTICS OF REALISM: 1. Characters appear in real complexity in relation to nature, to each other, to their social class, to their own past. 2. Class is important, usually middle class. 3. Events will usually be plausible, or highly possible. Realistic novels avoid the sensational. 4. Diction is natural everyday speech. Tone may be comic, satiric, or matterof-fact. 5. Objectivity in presentation becomes increasingly important. 6. Interior or psychological realism a variant form. Read pp. 496-497 Biography and Background. Then read the short story on pp. 498-509. In small groups, identify and analyze important literary elements used in the story: a. setting, b. conflict, c. foreshadowing Then, skim and scan the story to identify examples of d. Naturalism e. Realism (see your 10 notes on naturalism & realism) WRITING PROMPT: (50 PTS) Using several realistic details from the story вЂњTo Build a Fire,вЂќ write a journalistic article on the incident in the story (the manвЂ™s freezing to death). [The article may have some fiction in it such as the manвЂ™s name, etc., but should read like a newspaper account of the incident.] 14 dead as storms sweep through Fla. By JIM ELLIS Associated Press Writer LADY LAKE, Fla. (AP) -- Storms blew through central Florida early Friday, killing at least 14 people, flattening dozens of homes and a church and lifting a tractor trailer into the air, authorities said. At least one tornado touched down. Lake County spokesman Christopher Patton confirmed the 14 deaths, 11 in Paisley and three in Lady Lake, both towns in Lake County about 50 miles northwest of Orlando. No further details were available. Dozens of mobile homes near Lady Lake were destroyed by the storms that hit in the middle of the night. Chairs, beds and clothes were strewn about yards, with debris hanging from trees. Some homes were tossed from their foundations, while others had their roofs ripped off. "The most dangerous tornado scenario is a threat for killer tornadoes at night, and that was the case," said Dave Sharp, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Melbourne. The Lady Lake Church of God was demolished, its pews, altar and Bibles left in a jumbled mess. The 31-year-old, steel-reinforced structure was built to withstand 150-mph winds, the Rev. Larry Lynn said. By daybreak, parishioners gathered amid the ruins, hugging each other and consoling Lynn. They planned to clear the debris and hold Sunday services on the empty lot. "That's just the building. The people are the church. We'll be back bigger and stronger," Lynn said. The storms moved across Sumter and Lake counties around 3:15 a.m., then moved to Volusia County, where 69 homes and a county medical clinic were damaged, authorities said. In The Villages retirement community, Lee Shaver said he shielded his wife Irene with his body while huddling in a closet as the roof peeled off their home. Fence posts launched as projectiles were embedded into the wall of their home, Irene Shaver said. "Every muscle and bone in my body shook," said Lee Shaver, 54. "We don't know what to do. We have no cell phones, wallets, IDs." At least five crashes took place within a quarter mile of each other near Interstate 4's New Smyrna Beach exit, closing the highway for about three hours.