Friday, April 21, 2017

Reading Period 25: April 21-27: Heart of Darkness

Due Dates:
Quiz: Monday, April 24
Assignments: Wednesday, April 26
History: Friday, April 28

Long Read: 

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, Section I. If you haven't already got a copy, I highly recommend this illustrated version

Short Read: 

"The Twentieth Century" in your textbook, pages 759-773


"Dulce Et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen, page 955-957

Creative Assignments: 

Artist Matt Kish undertook the illustration of Heart of Darkness, page by page, in an abstract style. Selections from his edition of the book can be seen on his blog, along with the quotes that inspired each piece. I'll also bring my copy to class. Please choose one scene in the section that you read, and illustrate it using an abstraction, in the style of Matt Kish. 


Read the short story by Joseph Conrad, "The Secret Sharer." The story The Secret Sharer is told from the point of view of the captain of the ship, who rescues and hides the murderer Leggatt, chief mate of the Sephora. Write a 250 word diary entry from the point of view of Leggatt. How would he see the captain? Does he have any further secrets that he does not reveal in the story? What tone would his state of mind cause him to take on in his diary? What diction? 

Writing Assignments: 

By Matt Kish
Conrad wrote about a time when European colonization of Africa was in full swing. What was the "Scramble for Africa"? What happened in Berlin in 1884? What were the factors that caused this grab for territory and who were the main players on the African continent? Write a 250 word essay about the events of this period, particularly in the 1880s. Take a look at this article, from St. John's college at Cambridge, and this article in The Economist. You can also check out the Wikipedia page to inform you. Read your source material and then write in your own words, referring back to your sources for facts. 


Write a 250 word essay about "Dulce Et Decorum Est" based on the "Evaluating Techniques of Persuasion" prompt on page 957. How does this poem function as persuasion in a way that an essay or article might not? 


1. What time period was Marlow remembering out loud, as the Nellie is waiting for the tide to turn on the Thames?
2. According to Marlow, what is the difference between a conqueror and a colonist?
3. On what river was Marlow desperate to get appointed as captain of a steamer?
4. When Marlow goes to Brussels to sign up for the voyage, what two strange people does he meet in the company office and what are they doing? 
5. What strange measurement does the doctor take of Marlow when he examines him for the voyage?
6. What are two tasks Marlow’s ship carries out on the way to the river where he will get his own steamer?
7. Marlow disagrees with a word that’s used to describe the natives when they’re being shelled from the French ship. What is that word? 
8. What is the first evidence Marlow witnesses up close that the whites are mistreating the blacks?
9. After almost falling into a ravine and discovering the broken drainage pipes, Marlow finds a group of people lying in the shade. What are they doing?
10. Why does Marlow call the Company’s chief accountant a “miracle”? 
11. What precious substance is the Company extracting from the African interior?
12. Who is Kurtz? 
13. Why did the fainting white man who accompanied Marlow to the central station say he had come to Africa? 
14. What had happened to the steamer that Marlow was supposed to command?
15. Marlow meets an aristocrat whose job it is to make bricks. Why is it sarcastic when Marlow calls him the Brickmaker of Central Station? 
16. What do the rivets represent? Why is Marlow fixated on rivets? 

Art by Matt Kish from his illustrated version of Heart of Darkness.


From the "Review" questions in your book on page 773:

1. What have been some of the social and economic gains in British life during this century? Name two.
2. Why has Britain's position in world politics declined?
3. Which poet is most closely associated with literary symbolism?
4. Why did many young writers turn from public affairs in the years following World War I?
5. What was the most significant idea of the modernist movement?
6. What were the immediate causes for the rise of fascism between the two world wars?
7. What severe economic problems has Britain faced since World War II?
8. What has replaced the Empire?
9. Why were certain writers of the 1950s called "Angry Young Men"? 
10. What name was given to the group of post-war poets who responded to the modern world with order and clarity? 

BONUS: Based on this reading selection, do you think the author of this section is American or British? Now check the masthead of the textbook, under "Curriculum and Writing." Now check the list of "Critical Readers" (just before the Contents). Was this book brought to us by Americans or Brits?

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