Due date: January 24, 7pm
Long Read: Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, chapters 2 and 3.
Short Read: The Iliad, by Homer. Book 22, The Death of Hector
Fragment by Sappho (read all the translations here)
Some an army of horsemen, some an army on foot
and some say a fleet of ships is the loveliest sight
on this dark earth; but I say it is what-
ever you desire:
and it it possible to make this perfectly clear
to all; for the woman who far surpassed all others
in her beauty, Helen, left her husband --
the best of all men --
behind and sailed far away to Troy; she did not spare
a single thought for her child nor for her dear parents
but [the goddess of love] led her astray
reminds me now of Anactoria
although far away,
--Translated by Josephine Balmer
Create a set of before and after illustrations for the characters in The Metamorphosis. Begin with the "status quo" before Gregor was transformed into a bug. End with the final moments of the novel. Use objects, colors, facial expressions, angles, and lighting to indicate the difference in everyone's situation before and after.
|Sappho, from a wall painting in Pompeii|
Think about your life and how you feel about your existence at this moment in time. If you were to wake up transformed into an animal that reflects your situation, what would you be transformed into? A hamster in a wheel? A caged bird? A velociraptor? A slug? A robot? A tiger? A lamb? Write a short story in which you describe what happens when you wake up in the morning and experience your own metamorphosis. You can choose whether you can communicate with your family or not, depending on the level of alienation you wish to portray.
Read this 19000 word letter that Kafka wrote to his father, and then write a 19000 word letter to your own father. JUST KIDDING! Don't do this one. You have other choices. YOU HAVE CHOICES! Go back! Write about Greek urns! Or being transformed into a wildebeest! Do it!
No quiz! Finish reading Metamorphosis and study for the final exam. There will be at least one question on the final to check that you read the end of the book.
Final exam prep:
1. Read over your notes.
2. Read over all the old quizzes.
3. Read over all the old blog posts.
The final will cover everything in geography from the Phillippines to Austria/Romania/Hungary and everything in literature including The Good Earth, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, and Metamorphosis.