The King Died And Then the Queen Died
We also already talked about style in a previous post, but now that we’ve started this discussion of CALPURNIA maybe we also should discuss another Newbery criterion–plot–more thoroughly. We often use "plot" and "story" interchangeably, but plot more precisely refers to the arrangement of the events in the story. Moreover, novelist E.M. Forster proposed that–The King died and then the Queen died–is a story, nothing more than a mere succession of events in time, but that–The King died and then the Queen died of grief–is a plot because it shows causality. Of course, events may often seem random only to accrue meaning as the story progress (as often happens in a mystery story, for example), but this is only the delayed emergence of causality. There are exceptions to this rule, of course, but it seems to hold especially true for the linear stories that largely dominate the Newbery field.
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About Jonathan Hunt
Jonathan Hunt is the Coordinator of Library Media Services at the San Diego County Office of Education. He served on the 2006 Newbery committee, and has also judged the Caldecott Medal, the Printz Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. You can reach him at email@example.com
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