Please use the following questions as a starting point for your response to the George Saunders story “The Semplica Girl Diaries”. You don’t need to answer all of the questions, or even answer any of them in full, but please keep your response focused and relevant.
- How does Saunders create this narrator’s voice? What, especially at the sentence level, is Saunders doing to create a precise, idiosyncratic voice?
- How is humor operating in this piece? How is it achieved, and what effect does it have?
- How does Saunders introduce us to the unreal elements of this piece? How do we come to understand that the world of the story is not quite our own world? Where are these “clues” and how are they deployed?