Thursday, October 29, 2015

Literary Analysis 10/29/2015......Happy Halloween!

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you missed class today, I missed you! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding your homework.

1. We reviewed the requirements for ACADEMIC VOICE when writing. Please communicate with someone in class to obtain this information.

2. We then reviewed your "Comparison Essay" that is due on Friday, November 6th. Students asked questions concerning areas of concern. Please remember to READ through your entire assignment, and the example given to you on the back of the blue handout entitled "Modern Day God." This is located in the homework section of your notebook, as it was included in the packet that you received for first term.

3. TWO NEW VOCABULARY WORDS were introduced to you!
Venerate and Laconic ........communicate with a friend in order to obtain the etymology and definition. These words are also easily accessible via the internet. BE PRO-ACTIVE!

4. Students then discussed allusions within the poem "Titan," that caused confusion. We alleviated questions and confusions as a class.

5. We then proceeded to write an analysis together of the poem, "The Jar," that we extrapolated last class period. I have included the analysis for you below. USE THIS AS AN EXAMPLE for each analysis assignment offered to you from this point, until the end of the year. 


“The Jar”
Alfred Lord Tennyson

What of the end Lady? Was it thine the deed
That set the fiery pinions free? Wherefore upon
Jupiter’s demand did Vulcan make thee so divine?
Hug the wretched casket now.
If hope is pent therein alive or dead?

          The poem, “The Jar,” by Alfred Lord Tennyson, offers the reader significant questions concerning the mythological character of Pandora. Tennyson creates the poem by posing questions to Pandora, who he refers to as “Lady.” He states, “What of the end, Lady? Was it thine the deed that set the fiery pinions free?” Due to the allusions to Pandora’s identity through questions, and the fact that Pandora is also alluded to as “Lady,” the reader recognizes that great emphasis is placed on the audience identifying her. The reader must decipher clues through past knowledge. For example, the line “….set the fiery pinions free,” gives the reader insight into the fact that the “Lady” has released aspects that cause pain. Pandora does not simply open a jar containing ills, phobias, complexes, and desires to torment mankind, but she also gives mankind the opportunity to grasp opposition. Without this action, man could not obtain or perceive opposing forces, and why they are such a necessity for man’s well-being. In addition, when Pandora releases all the “pinions” that cause pain, Hope also exists within the jar, but according to the myth, she slams the lid, trapping Hope before it can escape. Tennyson ends the piece with a question, “If hope is pent therein alive or dead?” By ending this way, he offers the reader a choice. Is it possible that Hope was able to escape the confines of the jar; therefore, giving mankind the opportunity to feel the positive and negative effects of hope? Or did Hope remain in the jar forever? If this is the case, then man would never have the opportunity for motivation when he feels distressed. The reader may never know Tennyson’s intent with his questions, but what is clear, is that Pandora made a choice that affected mankind forever.

This is the poem that you are asked to analyze for Monday. Use the example above to guide you.

by George Gordon, Lord Byron

Titan! To whose immortal eyes
The suffering of mortality,
Seen in their sad reality.
Your silent suffering and intense;
The rock, the vulture, and the chain,
All that the proud could feel of pain.

Thy god-like crime was to be kind,
To render with thy precepts less,
The sum of human wretchedness
And strengthen man with his own mind.

Titan! To thee the strife was given
The wretched gift of eternity
Was thine--and thou didst so well forsee,
His fate thou didst so well forsee,
But would not to appease him tell. 
And in the silence was his sentence,
And in his soul a vain repentence,
And evil dread so ill dissembled,
That in his hand the listenings trembled.
1. Comparison Essay is due on Friday, November 6th!
2. Analyze "Titan," by Alfred Lord Tennyson, for Monday. You are welcome to hand write your response, but please use ink. Thanks! Use the example above to guide you. I recommend that you focus on the following question: What is Byron's purpose in using the mythological character Prometheus to illustrate the theme of "sacrifice?" 


Your FINAL exam!

Dear Mythology Kids, It's nice to "see" you again. Let me offer some "study guidance" for your final exam. Please ...