1. Warming up with a partner: Choose two characters who have evolved (or devolved, or not changed much) over time. For each character, try the following:
- Find a description of this character as a young child, a description of this character as a teenager or young adult, and a description of this character as an older adult (if you're looking at Cal or Aron, just find three descriptions of them spread out across time since they're still teenagers).
- Read these three passages for each character closely, examining Steinbeck's diction.
- What has aspects of this character's personality have changed over time? Why have these aspects changed / what prompted these changes?
- What has aspects of this character have remained unchanged? Why haven't these parts of the character changed?
- Consider some of the timeless dualities at war in this character (good vs. evil, nature vs. nurture, white vs. black, love vs. hate, fate vs, free will, sight vs. blindness, etc). At this point in the novel, does one side seem to be dominating this character?
2. Discussing Chapters 34-40 in Socratic Seminar
3. Wrapping up
1. Follow the East of Eden reading assignment for Wednesday (Chapters 41, 42, and 43); reading ticket can be any of the options you've been using.
2. Acquire your independent reading novel if you have not done so yet.
3. You will be disappointed to learn that there is no Tuesday writing tomorrow; there will be a Tuesday writing one week from tomorrow in which you address East of Eden.