At this point in the novel, you may have found multiple parallels between the events in the text and Joseph Campbell's Monomyth as revealed in the summer reading text, How to Read Literature Like a Professor.
The sardonic blind man named Ely, who the man and boy encounter on the road, tells the father that, "There is no God and we are his prophets" [p. 170]. What does he mean by this? Why does the father say about his son, later in the same conversation, "What if I said that he's a god?" [p. 172]. Are we meant to see the son as a savior? Why is Ely the only character named in this novel? What does this mean and how does it affect your understanding of the meaning of the work as a whole?
How is McCarthy able to make the post-apocalyptic world of The Road seem so real and utterly terrifying? Which descriptive passages are especially vivid and visceral in their depiction of this blasted landscape (please cite)? What do you find to be the most horrifying features of this world and the survivors who inhabit it?
In an influential essay, the Romantic scholar and critic Harold Bloom wrote that the reader's sympathy lies with the Creature, but in his book The Romantic Conflict (1963) Allan Rodway says the reader's sympathy lies with Victor Frankenstein. Who is right? Why?
Examine the Creature’s argument and his demand of Frankenstein. Is it reasonable? If you were Frankenstein, would you agree to it? Why or why not? After you read Frankenstein’s actions in these chapters, what do you think of his actions?
The first three chapters tell us about Victor Frankenstein's childhood and youth; the fourth, about his "discovery" of the principle of life. For movie fans these chapters may seem irrelevant: after all, we want to see the Creature being created and -amid bursts of smoke and flashes of lightning- "born." Why, then, does Mary Shelley devote so much time and space to Victor's childhood environment and his education?
Now that you have jumped into the "deep end" of the pool, reflect a little on your performance on the prose and poetry response essays. You can think of these baseline essays as a whole experience or you may separate your experiences.
There is often a sense of moral ambiguity that one can experience because of cultural conflict. I’ve often been faced with questions such as, "Do I believe this is right or wrong because of the way I was raised, or is it right or wrong because of a universal set of morals that all humans share?"
Reflect on these tensions for yourself, and compose a piece of personal writing addressing some (not all) of these questions:
Using your skills of analysis, read the short story, "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid on pgs 91-92 of your Jago text. Thoughtfully compose and then list three possible themes found in this short story.
Closely read the passage from Tess of the D'Urbervilles on pgs 72-73. While you are reading, consider how the author's use of setting develops the character of Tess for the reader. Please be sure to read the textual instructions to help support your analysis of this short passage.
Primary Blog Expectations (respond to the prompt above): 200-250 words, minimal errors in grammar and usage, thoughtful and thorough writing. Please use the name you were assigned in class as your nom de plume and be sure to add word count. Due by 11:59pm Monday night 10-1-2018!
Please read the excerpt from The Great Gatsby on page 26-26 of your text. At the end of the novel, Nick Carroway, remembers Jay Gatsby as a person with a great "capacity for wonder." After reading this passage carefully, analyze how the style of the writing conveys this sense of Gatsby.
Primary Blog Expectations (respond to the prompt above): 300-350 words, minimal errors in grammar and usage, thoughtful and thorough writing. Please use the name you were assigned in class as your nom de plume and be sure to add word count. Due by 11:59pm Monday night 9-24-2018!
Read the poem "Snow" by Julia Alvarez and then discuss your experience of it, your analysis of it, and how you might extend your analysis beyond the story. Please keep in mind that these are not entirely separate steps. Simply go through the steps as you compose your response.
Read the poem "Bored" by Margaret Atwood and then discuss your experience of it, your analysis of it, and how you might extend your analysis beyond the story. Please keep in mind that these are not entirely separate steps. Simply go through the steps as you compose your response.
Primary Blog Expectations (respond to the prompt above): 300-350 words, minimal errors in grammar and usage, thoughtful and thorough writing. Please use the name you were assigned in class as your nom de plume and be sure to add word count. Due by 11:59pm Thursday night 9-20-2018!
Blog Post Rubric
A Doll's House
As I Lay Dying
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Cross Cultural Misconceptions
Hope And Despair
Objectivity V. Subjectivity
Parent Child Relationships
Right Vs. Wrong
The Lady With The Little Dog
The Poisonwood Bible