Day 77: “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” Day 2

Today we finished listening to and reading the Neil Gaiman story, “How to Talk to Girls at Parties.” Students also got progress reports.

To read the story click here: How to Talk to Girls at Parties (text)

To listen to Neil Gaiman read the story click here, and then click “Part 2”: Audio

Some conclusions we came to in class:

  • How do you talk to girls at parties? You pretend to listen and understand. Just keep them talking. We discussed the fact that the title is ironic, even parodic or sarcastic in a way. Really, it’s how not to talk to girls at parties… But the two main characters don’t understand this.
  • Clearly, these girls are from another planet. When Vic says, “She wasn’t a–” he’s probably about to say “human” or “girl.” But she’s clearly not a human man as some very misinformed freshman thought.
  • What’s the difference between girls and boys? Enn thinks there’s a huge difference, as he explains at the beginning of the story. Vic tries to comfort him by saying, “They’re just girls. … They don’t come from another planet.” Triolet also tries to convince Enn that she and he are more similar than he thinks: “So you are Enn. … And you are a male. And you are a biped. Is it hard to be three things at the same time?” She throws back at him the very question he asked her. In this story, though, the boys pretend to understand the girls and the girls seem to be interested in the boys. At the end, Enn still “could not even begin to guess” what happened to Vic upstairs.

HW: Finish the “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” worksheet (if not yet done) by reviewing the story above. If you lost the worksheet, look to yesterday’s post to download it.

Study for Short Story Test tomorrow. Terms: dynamic / static character, characterization, plot, complication, setting.

Get progress report signed by parent/guardian and return! Beware: not all grades have updated late work.

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