Your extra-credit assignment, due Wednesday 8 December 1999, is to write an analytical essay (500-750 words) in which you address the following question:
2) Is there an introduction to the autobiography, and by whom is it written? What is the significance of this introduction?
3) Who was the autobiographer? How did she identify herself? Which categories of identity (eg., race, class, sexuality, gender, occupation, marital status, educational status, etc.) did she stress in identifying herself and which did she omit? What is the significance of how she identified herself?
4) Has the autobiography undergone extensive editing that you can recognize? How did this editing change the story?
5) Pay attention to the style of the autobiography. Does the tone or style change when discussing certain topics?
6) What is the experience of the reader? Is the reader intended to respond emotionally or intellectually to what she or he is reading?
7) Who are the heroes and heroines of this autobiography? What in their behavior is defined as good?
8) Who are the villains? What in their behavior is defined as evil?
9) Is this a believable story? Why or why not? How do the details comport with other information you have about women's experiences in this period and situation?
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