Read the following articles from Canadian Literature:
Samuel Hearne & the Landscapes of Discoveryby I. S. MacLaren
The Explorer as Hero: Mackenzie and Fraserby T. D. MacLulich
Select a quotation from at least one of the papers by MacLaren and MacLulich that helps to answer each question:
- Do we perform roles derived from narrative forms (including novels, movies, TV, etc.) in our daily lives? Does this blur the boundary between literature and life?
- How does writing style convey an impression of the writer as trustworthy and of his words as factual and truthful?
- How does the purpose for which a particular piece of writing was produced affect its style?
- Oral tradition is often seen to be less trustworthy than accounts that have been written down on paper. How do these articles force us to rethink this notion?