Identifying Human Nature Using the Short Story
You and your group are extraterrestrial beings from another galaxy sent to earth to study humans. Your superior officers expect you to report back on one of humankind’s major flaws that could conceivably contribute to the end of human existence. Your field researchers have compiled the following portfolio of short stories that seem to illustrate man’s own acknowledgement of one particular weakness:
“Adam and Eve,” “Button, Button,” “The Foster Portfolio,”
“The Real Durwan,” “Pandora”
Make connections between the given works and make inferences about humankind. Find specific examples and/or quotes to support your findings.
Group 1: Characters
Group 2: Conflicts
Group 3: Themes
Group 4: Objects/Possessions/Symbols
Group 5: Male-female relationships (battle of the sexes?)
Group 6: The Stranger in a Strangeland
You will present your findings to the rest of the class. Use the following table as a guideline to help formulate your research and present to the class. Please hand in a thorough and legible copy of your group work. The following is a table that you may emulate in your group work.
Connections between stories
The (insert group topic here) are similar/different
“Adam and Eve”
“The Foster Portfolio”
“The Real Durwan”
Provide evidence à use quotes and/or paraphrases to ilustrate the connections
What does this say about humankind’s major flaws?