Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A.P. Lit Is Fixing the Reading Schedule: January 28, 2015

Focus: What is the purpose of the violence in Chapter 16?

Hello, class!

I'm sorry I'm not there with you today.  Henry was sent home from school yesterday with a fever and possible RSV.  Yikes.  I'm going to flip-flop today and tomorrow, so hold onto those reading tickets full of collected words and phrases from Beloved; you'll need them tomorrow (electronic copy is fine--no need to print it out).

Here's another fun fact: I somehow left the most important chapters in Beloved off the reading schedule. Yep.  To stay on track, I'd like you to please read those chapters in class today. You can also do your reading ticket if you finish early.

Here are the specifics:

1. Please read through the end of Part 1. As I've warned you, Chapter 16 is rough (really rough).  I'm kind of glad you're sitting together and reading it in class.  Always be wary of any chapter that starts with four horsemen...usually a bad sign.

2. Complete the following reading ticket:

“Violence is one of the most personal and even intimate acts between human beings, but it can also be cultural and societal in its implications.  It can be symbolic, thematic, biblical, Shakespearean…Violence in real life just is.  If someone punches you in the nose in a supermarket parking lot, it’s simply aggression…Violence in literature, though, while it is literal, is usually also something else.  That same punch in the nose may be a metaphor.”  

--Foster, How to Read Literature Like a Professor

  • What was most upsetting part of reading these final chapters in Part 1?

  • How do you feel about Sethe right now? How does Paul D feel about her?

  • What questions do you want to ask the author about this scene?
  • What might the violence in this chapter represent on a larger scale? Think about the United States post Civil War (and the modern American audience for which Morrison is writing).

  • Why this sort of violence and not some other?

1. Please finish this reading assignment and reading ticket before class tomorrow (Thursday).

2. Critical review book

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