Tuesday, January 31, 2012

January 31

JOURNAL TOPIC: [today's tunes: "The Boxer" by Simon & Garfunkel; "Street Fighting Man" by The Rolling Stones; "Harvard Fight Song" by Tom Lehrer]

Fighting/competing is a simple way to depict conflict. There is usually a "good guy" and a "bad guy" (or a sympathetic "underdog"), and the audience can cheer and boo without thinking too deeply. What does this suggest about human nature and the way we identify with what we see and read? When is a fight just a fight, and when does it symbolize something larger? Reflect on the novels you've read, describe a portrayal of inner/outer struggle that DIDN'T involve an obvious contest of strength/will. What literary techniques made this poignant and memorable?

1. Journal/about your journals
2. Call for Kudos
3. Think like the Dickens

1. Post a paragraph (or several) to your blog in which you explicate the first 10-15 pp. of your Dickens novel using what you learned in lecture today.
2. Email any additional thoughts re: CWGs (full descriptions & sign-ups in class tomorrow)

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