Here are the instructions:
The response papers will always ask you to comment on the main text of the week – the narrative text written in bold on the syllabus. In this case, it is the story “Rosso Malpelo” by Giovanni Verga, which I invite you to re-read carefully before starting your response paper. Remember that you can use examples from the story to explain your answers and/or quote from the other readings to elaborate on the points you make in your paper.
Write a brief summary of the main facts that happen in “Rosso Malpelo” (max 100 words).
Use the rest of the space (max 1 page) to answer these questions:
1. Why is there no possibility of change in the world where Rosso Malpelo and Rana live? Work should be an activity that allows human beings to fully realize themselves, to earn what they need to survive and to build a better future: why in the case of Rosso Malpelo this mechanism doesn’t seem to work?
2. What is the role of violence in this story? Why is violence “necessary”?