HW12 due 4/8 (4/9 for 12F): The Stranger Intro

1. Tonight you are to write an introduction for a literary/philosophical analysis. Here would be an example:

The Hour of Consciousness: Understanding God’s Judicial System

Albert Camus’ The Stranger juxtaposes the importance of God’s morality and the impact it has in the judicial system of an absurd reality, in which social code is rigid and behavior that strays from protocol is subject to scrutiny. In presenting this environment, Camus emphasizes a universal morality, swayed by God and superimposed over an individual’s unique perception of the world, such as Meursault, the protagonist. Others condemn this tragic hero to an unfortunate fate, validated by the belief that because an atheist is subordinate in the eyes of God, he must gradually come to understand the ubiquity of this singular morality. Much like Meursault, in Albert Camus’ The Myth of Sisyphus, Sisyphus is condemned to a fate he cannot control due to the social constructs of an absurd reality. Only when Sisyphus has reached the top of the hill with his boulder does he amount to what Camus calls, “the hour of consciousness”: essentially, the understanding of the absurdity of life. Camus’ placement of biased judicial figures gradually strengthens Meursault’s understanding of absurdity, illuminating the importance of the “hour of consciousness” in both articulating and refuting God’s ubiquitous morality.

I am interested in how you introduce The Myth into the framing of your Stranger discussion. Be sure you put thought into your thesis. This will be graded. Be sure to bring in a TYPED copy tomorrow for class.

2. For Friday you should read Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Nietzsche. The excerpt is located in the philosophy packet.

HW10 due 4/8 (4/9 for 10G): Comparative Prep and More

1. Ivan Ilyich Essay (Writing Workshop)–Evaluate the essay’s introduction. The introduction should be necessary to the essay. It should help lay the foundation upon which the argument is built. So, evaluate this introduction with these thoughts in mind.
2. Ivan Ilyich and Siddhartha (1-2 pages)–In your notebook, list off and discuss the ways these two novels are thematically similar. Go into detail here. Meaning, don’t merely state that the two novels explore the role of love. Identify similarities and differences in the two authors’ treatment of the theme of Love. How do the authors treat the subject of materialism? Etc… The nuance and control lies in how you see the treatment of similar subjects/themes.
3. How to Write a Comparative Analysis–Print this out, Read it, and put it in your binder.
4. Existentialism is a Humanism–(You are not reading this essay for tomorrow but you must bring it in to class tomorrow!) This reading sets us up for the last two plays of the year. Let it be known that this essay is conceptually/philosophically difficult. Jean Paul Sartre is often the first name to come to mind when one considers Existentialism. His brand of atheistic existentialism so dominates the existential landscape that one forgets that the “first existentialist” Kierkegaard was indeed a theist. Nevertheless, Sartre’s essay most clearly defines the existential mindset. It becomes a fundamental piece of the year’s final unit.   Additionally, his essay establishes some of the tenets of existentialism that are universally applicable.

HW10 due 4/7 (4/8 for 10G): Essay Evaluation and Goodreads

1. Monday, we conclude the discussion of The Death of Ivan Ilyich.
2. We also return to the writing workshop with a holistic evaluation of an Ivan Ilyich essay.

The Death of Ivan Ilyich Essay Evaluation

Over the next several days we will evaluate this essay focusing on evidence, introduction, conclusion, thesis statement and topic sentences (as well as other nuances). You must be sure to print out the rubric (if you have not done so) and bring it into class with the essay.

This weekend, I want you to evaluate the thesis, topic sentences, and use of evidence in the essay. This requires that you read the essay in its entirety before going back to each piece of evidence. You are to write out your thoughts on the essay itself. As you are commenting, you should keep the rubric in mind. For instance, reference the evidence section when evaluating the evidence in the essay.

3. Additionally, you are to type up a summary of my feedback on your last essay. You must use complete sentences in this summary. Post your summary on the class-appropriate thread on Goodreads. I ask that you try and do this as soon (by Saturday if you can) as possible as it will help me greatly in writing your anecdotals.

4. Class Vocab coming this evening.

HW10 due 4/2 (4/3 for 10G): Ivan Ilyich

1. Ivan Ilyich–Read and annotate (focus your annotations on a theme) chapter 8.
2. Ivan Ilyich Essay–Print out this essay and bring it to class. Highlight all evidence in the essay. That is all for the time being.

HW10 due 2/11 (2/12 for 10G): The Alchemist

1. Complete The Alchemist–For the sake of tomorrow’s discussion keep in mind the two videos played today.
2. Two thesis statements due Wednesday (In text/Out of text). As I hope you remember, I am most interested in the process. Also, remember this is a two page essay.

As I said in class, if you put thought into your question posted this weekend, you should be able to use it or some variation of it for your thesis and subsequent essay. Examples of thoughtful questions that lend themselves to focused discussions of this text:

  • In remembering the beginning of the Alchemist there is a short story about a character named Narcissus. Since everything in the book is so carefully crafted in order to support the greater themes and lessons, how does the story of Narcissus relate to the broader message of The Alchemist?
  • What does Paulo Coelho hope to convey through the personification of Santiago’s heart?
  • How does alchemy/the alchemist help to shape the novel’s theme?

3. Remember, this week is random acts of kindness week!
4. UPDATE: A family member literally just posted this Alchemist quotation on Facebook: “
There is only one way to learn; it’s through action.”  Coincidence? Or the soul of the world at play…?