Thursday, December 13, 2012

This Seat's Taken: AP Lit, December 14, 2012


Focus: Synthesizing themes in Invisible Man

1. Announcements!

2. Warm-up: Five-minute brainstorms for any two of the sample essay topics below:

1971. The significance of a title such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is so easy to discover. However, in other works (for example, Measure for Measure) the full significance of the title becomes apparent to the reader only gradually. Choose one work and show how the significance of its title is developed through the author's use of devices such as contrast, repetition, allusion, and point of view.

1995. Writers often highlight the values of a culture or a society by using characters who are alienated from that culture or society because of gender, race, class, or creed. Choose a novel or a play in which such a character plays a significant role and show how that character’s alienation reveals the surrounding society’s assumptions or moral values.

2009. A symbol is an object, action, or event that represents something or that creates a range of associations beyond itself. In literary works a symbol can express an idea, clarify meaning, or enlarge literal meaning. Select a novel or play and, focusing on one symbol, write an essay analyzing how that symbol functions in the work and what it reveals about the characters or themes of the work as a whole. Do not merely summarize the plot.

2011, Form B. In The Writing of Fiction (1925), novelist Edith Wharton states the following:
At every stage in the progress of his tale the novelist must rely on what may be called the illuminating incident to reveal and emphasize the inner meaning of each situation. Illuminating incidents are the magic casements of fiction, its vistas on infinity.
Choose a novel or play that you have studied and write a well-organized essay in which you describe an “illuminating” episode or moment and explain how it functions as a “casement,” a window that opens onto the meaning of the work as a whole. Avoid mere plot summary.

3. Time to compose your Invisible Man big question blog entry. Remember to include specific passages in your response.

HW: Finish your blog response if you did not finish in class. Also, please remember that the final exam will take BOTH finals periods (Wednesday, December 19: 8:56-Noon).

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