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Prompt: Analyze a text we have read during this class


Prompt: Analyze a text we have read during this class. Your analysis will expand on one of the initial discussion posts you wrote. It will take one point you made in that post and enlarge upon it. Alternatively, if you received feedback from me suggesting you might want to expand a journal entry you wrote for this class, feel free to enlarge upon the entry for which I made those comments. Overview: “The Expansion” Enlarging a Discussion Post: During this nal unit of our class, you will refer to one of your initial discussion posts and write a 3-page argument using the post to analyze the text you reference in your discussion. Since your discussion post responds to questions from This Thing Called Literature, you will have had the chance to thoroughly analyze the text at hand. The questions posed for discussions require you think thoroughly about the text. It is impressive how well they prepare you to analyze a work of literature. For an analysis, you need to hone in on one of the points from your post. Choose one, only one! Expand on it. That is, take that point and make it the thesis of your argument. Then, in the argument, show how that point — that thesis — is correct. At the end of this document, I have an extended example. First, however, let’s be sure you have the requirements for the assignment Requirements: • 3 pages long, about 750 words minimum. It can be longe • MLA format (typed, 1" margins, double-spaced, single-sided, with a works cited) [see lecture-podcast • Works Cited must be complete and reference all materials you researched. So, this “works cited” is more of a bibliography • Upload to through our class's Blackboard site by 6 May at 11:59 pm Hints: Email me with your idea for the expansion to see if you're on the right track. Read the rubric carefully before you start writing [see Course Documents Write in drafts. Example: For instance, with “How to Read a Poem,” Royle’s book helps you gure out that there is a relationship between the narrator of the poem and the author of the poem. When we separate out the narrator and the author like this, we can see that we might not know precisely what the relationship is between the two. Maybe it is a very close relationship. Maybe it is not. That means we can write about the narrator and author in ways where we discuss a separation between them that is wider than we might have thought the rst time we read the poem Then, Royle also helps us recognize that there can be irony in the poem. So maybe, just maybe, you would make an argument along the lines of: ] . fi ] r . : . fi While the surface of Sappho’s poem “He is more than a hero” seems to create a close relationship between the narrator and the poet, the use of the descriptor “god”in the second line indicates that fi The Expansion Prompt & Requirements The Expansion Prompt & Requirements the poet saw the folly of the narrator’s plight. When we recognize this irony, it is possible to argue that the poem creates sympathy for the love-lorn while its author is not actually lost in love herself. In this paper, I will show how Sappho’s poem evokes compassion for the lover whose beloved is speaking with another person by fully articulating the physical experience of love. However, since the poem also discusses the other person as a god and describes being close to death, the narrator does not seem to be Sappho herself Okay! That is my opening paragraph. I have a lot of work to do! 1) In the rst paragraph of the body, I’ll sum up my basic notion that the narrator is not the author by quoting Royle’s text. Then I will state how Sappho’s poem seems to be about Sappho herself because she uses the rst person singular: “I” and “me.” But, since the poem also mentions that the other seems like a god and that the narrator feels “close to death,” she is not the narrator. 2) My second and third paragraphs would discuss the excessive emotion that is captured with the word “god.” 3) My fourth and fth paragraphs would fully analyze the phrase, “at such times, death isn’t far from me” 4) In my penultimate paragraph, I would then discuss how we can sympathize with the narrator. Her jealousy and shock is a familiar, human, experience. However dreadful the feeling, many have had it, and the poem is vivid because it describes the painful experience so well. 5) My conclusion would admit that this might not be precise; we will never know what Sappho’s exact life was like or how she herself felt about her poetry. The mystery is intriguing, but the very openness that is possible because of it allows us to wonder about her. However, what is certain is that the narrator is never the poet. The poet wrote this poem at a particular moment in time. Before that, she may have felt differently. Later, she felt differently again. She cannot equal her poem. In any case, you can see how I am analyzing by breaking down the meaning and implication of individual words in the poem. Then, I put that all together into a meaningful argument that tries to persuade Images Cited . fi : fi . fi . Unknown Photographer. “Standard Expansion Joints.” AYVZA. ? The text that I would want you to analyze is Pericles the Prince of Tyre. Good summary that I found for Prince of Tyre. ? Here is the entire play if you’d like to read it for source: ? All the questions down below are the discussion post I did in the class. You can choose any one of the questions and expand on the answer to write a three page essay. I would recommend question 6 but you can choose whichever question you’d like. 1) If you have seen this play, write about that. However, you might instead consider how you would direct it, given the chance. I have not seen this play before so It’s a bit difficult to imagine how I would direct this play. In my opinion I think I would approach the play by making simpler dialogue so that it’s easy to understand. The language that was used in Shakespeare plays are often outdated and as a person that speaks English as a second language, it can be quite difficult to understand his plays. Additionally I think it would be fun to make the setting of Pericles to be in the modern day, like the movie Romeo+Juliets starring Leonardo Dicaprio. 2) Attend to its language. Look at specific moments. What literary forms -- allusion, metaphor, symbol, motif, irony, repetition, juxtaposition, simile, ambiguity are there? Only write about one specific scene. The best example of metaphor that stood out to me when In act two, scene one. In line 2334 the fisherman is mentioning the metaphor “the great ones eat up little one”. Fishermen use this metaphor to compare the way our world works, the strong beats the weak, just as in the sea the big fish will eat the smaller fish. 3) What does the play allude or refer to? (For references, think of other parts of the world.) Personally I think Pericles in some way allude to the work of Greece mythology. Pericles features a Greek characters on adventures to various cities in Greece. I can’t really think of much else to write for this question. 4) What is the play's relationship to desire? Remember that desire is not only about the characters' desires for this or that. It also refers to the audience's desire for, say, a specific ending or that something happens during the play, for the audience to do something. Remember that texts seduce us. How is this text drawing us in? They help us identify beyond merely character and into situations, into worlds. How does that happen in the text? How is the mobility of desire depicted in Pericles? Each character in this play seems to have a different view regarding desires. This play is driven by desires. For Pericles, his initial desire was to find a wife. On his way to find a wife led to him being hunted and killed for pointing out the relationship between king Antiochus and his daughter. After this arc Pericles flees the city of Tyres and sets sail to inevitably find a new wife. The desire of Pericles advances the story forward and we as readers also advance along the story too. 5) Don't just read, act it out / read this aloud. Write about what you noticed when you read a scene. When I read it outloud I noticed that Shakespeare's language is very complicated. It is not a secret that Shakespeare's choices of vocabs are very hard to understand. As I mentioned in question one, English is my second language and personally trying to decipher Shakespeare writing is very tough. While reading through his play I had to look up so many words but at the same time I like that because I learn new words. To fully understand the story in depth I used a lot of outside sources. 6) Note fortune/luck/chance: Write about when something unexpected happens. Specifically, when is someone's fate a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time? That is, what moments seemed to be more about luck, fortune, or chance in the play, and which ones seemed fated? How does this influence your reading of Pericles? In this narrative, everything that happened was bound by fates. Pericles was very fortunate, when his ship was wrecked he was washed up along the shore to encounter the fishermen and it was fate that he won the jousting tournament and married Thaisa. Personally after reading Pericles I can relate it to my personal life. The story feels realistic and the same as life; we are all bound by fate. 7) Why are both Pericles and Marina in the same text...and it cannot be because they are father and daughter. I think the emphasis is not on the fact that they are father and daughter. I believe that Shakespeare put Pericles and Marina in the same text because he wants the viewers to see that this story has two protagonists. Although Marina and Pericles face different circumstances, they both share the same emotional struggles which are lost. Pericles experienced the loss of his wife and daughter and Marina also lost both her parents. While Pericles mourns the "death" of his daughter, Marina was sold into becoming a prostitute.

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