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Alias Grace

Analyzing Structure
This novel is divided into sections, each named after a quilt pattern and each
beginning with a number of epigraphs. Considering the structure of text and
how that structure enhances the ideas of a text is important.
You will work with a group to determine how the structure of this novel
enhances its ideas, specifically how the title and epigraphs for your section
enhance the motifs, themes, and character development of your section.
Process
1. Read and annotate the epigraphs for your section and discuss with your
group what stands out in the epigraphs themselves.
2. Then review what happens in that section of the novel. You may use the
very brief synopses below to help you remember what happens, but go back
to your own annotations to remember the details and expand your ideas.
3. Discuss with your group what motifs, themes, and character development
are important in your section and how the title and epigraphs enhance the
motifs, themes, and character development.
4. Finally, address the following questions for the novel as a whole.
1. How does breaking the novel into sections named after quilt
patterns enhance the ideas of the text?
2. How does including so many epigraphs enhance the ideas of the
text?
5. Prepare to share your ideas with the class.
Groups
Group 1: Puss in the Corner
Synopsis: While Grace is in the governors parlor a doctor comes to
examine her, she screams and ends up in solitary confinement. While she is
there, Dr. Simon Jordan comes and brings her an apple and says he wants to
hear her story.
Group 2: Young Mans Fancy
Synopsis: This section consists of many letters between Dr. Simon Jordan, his
mother, his friend Edward, and other asylum doctors. Simon also meets with
Rev. Verringer and attends a gathering at the governors house with a group
of others who are intent on freeing Grace Marks. Simon also complains about

conditions at his landladys house and her servant Dora. He begins trying to
understand Grace by bringing her vegetables.

Group 3: Broken Dishes


Synopsis: Grace tells the story of her childhood in Ireland, how her family
sailed to America and her mother died on the ship; how her family lodged
with Mrs. Burt initially but then got a position at Mrs. Alderman Parkinsons
house, but ends before she really begins working there. It ends with Dr.
Simon Jordans letter to his friend Edward.
Group 4: Fox and Geese
Synopsis: Grace begins reflecting on her imprisonment then recommences
telling her story to Dr. Simon Jordan. By this time she is at Kinnears house
and it becomes apparent to the reader that Nancy is pregnant by Kinnear.
Nancy asks Grace to go to church with her and Grace notices that the people
there are unkind to Nancy. It is Graces birthday and she makes daisy chains
with Jamie Walsh. Jeremiah the peddler comes and warns Grace that she is
surrounded by danger and urges her to run away with him. Finally, Grace has
her dream about angels in the trees and wakes up to find the laundry in the
trees and that she has been sleep walking.
Group 5: Hearts and Gizzards
Synopsis: This section begins with Dr. Simon Jordan taking care of his
landlady Mrs. Humphrey and things between them taking a turn for the more
intense. Simon also speaks to a group of people who wish to free Grace, and
at that gathering, Grace realizes that Dr. Jerome DuPont is actually Jeremiah
the Peddler. Then she tells the story of the murders to Simon. Finally, Simon
realizes the Mrs. Humphrey has been stealing from his supply of laudanum.
Group 6: Falling Timbers
Synopsis: Simon travels to Toronto to research Graces story. Grace imagines
what she would tell Dr. Simon Jordan if he were there, which includes her
arrest, trial, and conviction. Simon reflects on Grace and her story and on his
relationship with Mrs. Humphrey (Rachel).
Group 7: Solomons Temple
Synopsis: Dr. Simon Jordan visits Graces lawyer McKenzie and realizes that
he has fabricated a lot of the information that was in the press. He also visits
the Kinnear house, graves, and Mary Whitneys grave. Grace deals with life
in prison, including Annie Little.
Group 8: Pandoras Box
Synopsis: Jerome DuPont (Jeremiah) does a hypnosis session with Grace,
which turns into a sance in which Mary Whitney confesses to the murders

(or seems to). No one knows what to make of thiswas it really Mary? Is
Grace insane and believes herself to be possessed by Mary? Grace
remembers nothing when she wakes up. Dr. Simon Jordan goes home to find
Mrs. Humphreys husband is coming back. He sends Mrs. Humphrey out for
medicine and then runs away.
Group 9: The Letter X
Synopsis: This section consists of letters between Mrs. Humphrey and Dr.
Simon Jordans mother, Simon and Edward, and Rev. Verringer and Dr.
Bannerling, and Grace and Jeremiah. We learn that Simon has been injured in
the Civil War, lost much of his memory, and is now going to marry Faith
Cartwright, whom he calls Grace. Rev. Verringer is still working for Graces
release, but Dr. Bannerling believes her to be guilty.
Grading Rubric
Your group will be graded as a whole based on the following rubric.
Ideas
30
Discussion
addresses
motifs,
themes, and
character
development
and shows a
deep
understanding
of multiple
major ideas in
the section.
Connection
between title,
epigraphs, and
ideas is
thorough and
insightful. All
elements of
epigraphs and
multiple points
of the section
are addressed.
Discussion
shows no
misreading of
the text.

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Discussion of
motifs,
themes, or
character
development
shows a clear
and thorough
understanding
of more than
one in the
section,
though
discussion may
focus primarily
one idea or on
motifs,
themes, or
character
development.
Connection
between title,
epigraphs, and
ideas is clear
and addresses
title and all
epigraphs.
Discussion

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Discussion
focuses
primarily on
one: motif,
theme, or
character, and
primarily on
one idea in the
section. Ideas
are clear but
less fully
developed.
Discussion
addresses title
and all
epigraphs, but
in less depth.
Discussion
may show a
minor
misreading of
the text.

19
Discussion
attempts to
address motif,
theme, or
character but
is less clear or
unfocused.
Connection
between
epigraphs and
title and ideas
in the section
are unclear or
underdevelope
d. Discussion
may show a
misreading of
the text.

17
Discussion
focuses on
plot, is
unclear, or
unacceptably
brief.
Discussion
does not
address title or
all epigraphs.
Discussion
shows a major
misreading of
the text.

shows no
misreading of
the text.

Presentation
10
All members of
the group
contribute
meaningfully
to the
discussion.
Speakers are
articulate,
confident, and
fully prepared.
They speak
loudly and
clearly.

8
All members of
the group
contribute
something to
the discussion.
Speakers are
clear and fully
prepared.

7
Some
members of
the group
contribute
little of
significance to
the discussion.
Speakers are
clear and fully
prepared.

6
Some
members of
the group
contribute
little of
significance to
the discussion.
Speakers are
less clear or
appear
unprepared to
fully explain
ideas.

5
One speaker
presents the
groups ideas;
or speakers
are clearly
unprepared
and cannot
clearly
articulate fully
developed
ideas.