1. While reading, look for memory moments, wiser words, AHA moments, contrasts and paradoxes, and challenging questions. Stop, look, and take notes. (Additionally to your Stop, Notice, and Note Chart). This is critical since it will be an important component of your literary circle discussion after Chapter 6. 2. The more you read about the characters in the story, the more you'll know about them. You'll also begin to understand why the author wrote the way he did.
3. The characterizations in this chapter are very strong. The main characters are all extremely unique. They're each given several lines, which helps the reader learn more about them.
4. This chapter includes many memorable images and scenes. "The eyes of Bill Carson were dark holes in a pale face." "His teeth were black against the white of his mouth." "One corner of his mouth turned up in a faint smile." These are just a few of the many descriptions of characters and their surroundings that have stayed with me over time.
5. This chapter contains many examples of symbolism. The most obvious one is the comparison between East and West. Also, watch for references to guns, knives, and other weapons. There's even a scene where someone tries to shoot an animal out west!
6. This chapter includes several examples of irony.
How to Arrange Your Novel's Chapters
An excellent first chapter should accomplish the following:
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Jonas learns terms for things that do not exist in his civilization in Chapter 11. He discovers snow, hills, and sunshine. The terms are significant because by knowing about them, Jonas is breaking free from the confines of his culture and beginning to distinguish himself from the other members of it.
Also in Chapter 11, Jonas finds out that when you eat meat, you are eating a living thing that had its life taken away from it. This makes him feel guilty because he knows that people are starving in Europe and Asia while his family has food to eat. However, he also knows that there would be no food without animals to kill and eat, so he tries not to think about it too much.
In the end, Jonas decides not to tell anyone what he has seen, because it is forbidden by his religion. However, he feels bad about this decision, so he goes to see a priest on the next hill. The priest tells Jonas that his choice not to tell others about what he has seen is a sin itself and asks him if he will still hold onto this secret after waking up from his dream world next time he sleeps.
If Jonas had told someone about what he had seen, scientists around the world would have found out about it soon after and could have used this information to advance their research. As it is, science has only scratched the surface of how interesting and amazing our planet is. There is so much more to discover!