Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A.P. Lit Is Rolling the Stone: April 15, 2015

Focus:  What is the existential hero?

1. Warming up with a little freewriting (and two fantastic film clips)

"It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man at Shawshank felt free."

"Get busy living or get busy dying."

"Hope is a dangerous thing." 

"Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

2. Offering you a little background on existentialism

3. Reading Albert Camus' "The Myth of Sisyphus"
  • What is the absurd hero?
  • What is the nature of his struggle?
  • What makes him tragic?
  • What makes him happy?
  • What is the nature of his freedom?
  • How are Vladimir and Estragon like Sisyphus? How are they different?

4. Considering yourself an existential hero (or not)
  • What does your mountain consist of? What about your boulder?  Your endless sky?
  • What makes you pause at the top, and what do you think of?
  • What makes you pause at the bottom, and what do you think of?
  • What compels you to push the boulder up the hill once again?
If you'd like feedback on your brainstorming, outlining, and drafting, please send me an e-mail with your specific inquiries. If you just Google share a document with me, I'm not sure what you'd like help with.

New final due date: April 27 (however, if you turn yours in early, it will be the first one graded and returned)

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