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Choosing Among Stories (20%)—This is an analysis of another person's story in relation to your own using Fisher's Narrative Paradigm and Burke's Pentad.


(a)    Analyze your prevailing archetypes based on the Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator;

(b)    interpret your personality type based on the Meyers-Briggs test and/or your spiritual gifts based on the assessment tool provided;

(c)    Gather biographical information about the person you select;

(d)   Read more of the person’s autobiographical writings; and

(e)   Provided citations for your research. (APA or MLA)

Choose one of the following and find the full text of what appears in the excerpts I provided you and biography about the writer/group.

  • Augustine, Joan of Arc, or Thomas a Kempis from the early church and middle ages;
  • Martin Luther, Ignatius Loyola, Teresa of Avila from after the Reformation; or
  • Kierkegaard, Bonhoeffer, Dorothy Day from Post- Christian World.

 Use one or both of the following approaches to analyze the other people’s story (refer to reading(s) from class) in relation to your own:

A)     Fisher’s criteria of

 Fidelity- what rings true (reading provided)

Coherence- how well the story “hangs together”

B)      Burke’s Dramatistic approach (Pentad, reading provided; agent—who did what, act – what was done, agency—how it was done, purpose.

Jaimie Beth Colvin

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Jaimie Beth Colvin
Payson Library Rm. 231 (Next to the circulation desk).

note: Women Studies Minors - I provide support to you for all courses counting towards your minor.
Ext. 7432