Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Reading Period 16: Feb 3-9: East Egg, West Egg, USA

Long Read: 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, chapters 1-2

Short Read: 

"The Open Boat" by Stephen Crane, AIAL p 450

(For class on 2/3:
Edwin Arlington Robinson:
Richard Cory
Miniver Cheevy
Mr. Flood's Party

Robert Frost:
Mending Wall
The Road Not Taken
Fire and Ice
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
Neither Out Far Nor In Deep
The Gift Outright)

For class on 2/10:
Wallace Stevens:
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
The Emperor of Ice Cream
Of Modern Poetry
The Plain Sense of Things
Not Ideas About the Thing but the Thing Itself

Creative Assignment: 

Choose one:

1. Make a map of The Great Gatsby geography from chapters one and two, including East Egg, West Egg, the Valley of Ashes, the Motor Road, Long Island Sound, and New York City. For bonus points, make it look like a map in a video game, where these locations are levels to be played. So take something that looks like this or this:

And combine it with something that looks like this:

To make a world map for a Gatsby video game. Or just make a map of the places in these two chapters, however you like.


2. Write a poem that is similar to Miniver Cheevy, except where Miniver Cheevy feels he is born too late, the subject of your poem will feel he is born too soon. He or she yearns for future times and imagines a different life, more appropriate to his/her sensibilities. Choose an appropriate name for the title, but use whatever form and style you like. What will the subject of your poem long for, and what will be despise about contemporary life?

Writing Assignment:

1. We learned that Edwin Arlington Robinson's biography and Robert Frost's biography are vastly different. Write 300 words describing how each one's personal experiences may have affected the tone and content of his poetry, in your opinion. Is it important to understand a poet's life, in order to understand a poet's work? Would you read the poem Richard Cory the same way, if you didn't know about Robinson's brother? In your short essay, there's no need to cite sources if you're recalling what we discussed in class. If you do extra research, do include citations.


2. Watch this video and read this article about Prohibition. Write 300 words answering this question: Why was prohibition called 'The Noble Experiment' and why, if it was so noble, did it fail?


Read the historical selection on Realism and Naturalism in your textbook, pages 436-449. Then answer these questions:

1. What date marked the official close of the American frontier?
2. Why was the steam engine considered a fitting image of the age?
3. What were two technological changes that bound Americans more closely together in the last decade of the nineteenth century?
4. How were Americans divided by the new economic forces?
5. Who were the muckrakers?
6. Explain the relationship between the Utopian novel and new scientific ideas of the age.
7. What was the most significant impact of science upon literature?
8. According to the naturalists, what two forces governed the individual life?
9. Name some American writers often classified as naturalists.
10. How is the work of Henry James different from that of other naturalists?

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