Short Essay

Prepare to write an essay to critique these stories. Do not just summarize the
stories. Write with your critical understanding of the stories: What is the
meaning of the story? Suggestions on your critique’s thematic focus/foci:
1. In “Number One Son”, “Food For All His Dead”, “Yahk Fahn, Auntie”,
and “A Day in Pleasantville” there are generational, family, and cultural
conflicts. How do these conflicts evolve and what are the resolutions?
2. In “New Year for Fong Wing”, “The Only Real Day,” “Jackrabbit”, “A Day
in Pleasantville”, and “One Winter Evening”, there are depictions of
immigrants being burdened with the homeland cultural allegiance and
responsibility. Why? And how so?
2-3pages