Beneficial Use Of Power Point To Tell A Story

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Jennifer Egan’s “Great Rock and Roll Pauses” has a very interesting format to the story. Unlike traditional stories that are written in an essay format, it utilizes power point and different types of slides to represent what the character is trying to transfer. This is an analysis of young Alison Blake’s power point diary of her family and their difficulty with communication. What were some of the strengths of using the power point system, specifics on various graphics of slides, and how the family’s communication is viewed differently due to the power point format?
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She uses these same arrows, with titles of the main section, to show that the story has progressed.
In general stories, descriptions of a character can be an extremely large, information heavy portion of reading to introduce a person. They can explain anything from facial and body features, family background, history, and even their relation to the situation or story. In a power point essay, character descriptions can be very simple, either just listed or similar to taking organized noted on specific details, only highlighting the important information. On page 258, Alison is analyzing a picture of her mother from the past and it stated all the needed information without too much “fluff” to link it all together. “Her hair is red and bright.” “Mom’s mouth is smiling, but her eyes are sad.”
Within “Great Rock and Roll Pauses”, there are many different types of slides used to convey information, ranging from neat bullet points, to cluttered messes of thought bubbles. One of the most interesting slides within the story is on page 160, Alison is describing Lincoln’s bed compared to hers and their mothers journey to their rooms before they sleep. In the slide, there is a literal three-dimensional wall separating the points. On the right, are Alison’s points, what she says to Lincoln, and how their mother goes to her room first. On the other side, Lincoln’s room, what he says to her and how their mother goes to his room later but she stays for a longer period of time. This slide is interesting because it describes not only what is happening in the story but also it is almost like a picture, showing Alison’s room compared to Lincoln’s room. A similar slide to this is on page 267 where Alison is looking at her parents. The “wall” again is in the middle of the screen but this time representing a door and Alison peeking though her door. On the other side of the wall are her parent’s descriptions. It is just so much easier to see a visual wall separating the two points rather than having to interpret it thought text, which may be vague and confusing.
Another graphic used in the story is the scale, where depicts a two possible outcomes. The first instance of this is on page 266 titled “Ways It Can Be When Dad Comes Back”. On the left end of the scare the boxes are white and have relatively happy words or actions in them such as “Laughing” “Kissing Mom” and “Wine Cork Popping”. On the right side the boxes are black and are filled with heavy or sad actions in them like “Angry” “Hugging Mom” and “Silent”. The white boxes could indicate a lighter mood or happier place, compared to the black boxes, which seem to relate to unhappy or depressing emotions. The scale on which the white and black boxes are on, are off balance. The black boxes are over weighing the white boxes, which could mean they occur more commonly and the family often has a depressing mood when the father retunes. Another illustration of the scale is a conversation with Lincoln and his dad....

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