English 10 and 20-2 students, your MGE projects are due at the end of class on Wednesday. This is the last day to hand in your projects!
For homework, read (and follow the steps given in class) Sinclair Ross’s short story “The Painted Door.” Be prepared to discuss tomorrow.
There are four major themes that can be found within Canadian literature:
-desolate/empty landscape (prairies, ocean, harsh mountains/forests, etc.)
2) Frontier life
-contemporary fascination with rural life (urban/rural divide)
3) Our position within the world
-multiculturalism (which should be its own theme, but for our purposes right now…)
-influence of U.S. / mild anti-Americanism
-isolation of small towns, even cities from each other
All three lead to what Northrop Frye (and, later, Margaret Atwood) term
4) The garrison mentality
-characters tend to look outwards, outside of themselves
-characters tend to build walls (metaphorically) against the outside world, shutting out friends, family, others
John Donne said “No man is an island”, but Canadian literature tends to write about the opposite.
SO, how do you read a Canadian short story?
1) Read the story & annotate: what do you get? What don’t you get?
2) Read the story again and look for these themes. At this point, just identify.
3) Then, ask the “Why? So what?” questions: what do these themes mean? How do they change our interpretation of the characters’ actions? How does the weather, frontier life, our isolationism, and/or the garrison mentality mirror the characters’ thoughts or actions? THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP, so make sure you leave yourself enough time to get here!
For homework, be ready to tell Mr. F what you’re working on & bring all necessary materials so that you can be productive in class tomorrow.
For tomorrow, finish reading the book Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice and be ready to discuss it. We’ll also be looking at the creative assignment on the book that will be due before Christmas break.
Remember to read chs. 1 & 2 of Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice for Thursday!
We’ll be finishing Macbeth tomorrow. You are responsible for reading and comprehending the following passages on your own time:
4.3 (up to 160)
Be assured that you will be tested on passages from the above scenes…
For homework, read 2.1 and 2.2 of Macbeth. Enjoy!
A great link to a first folio edition of Macbeth can be found here!
For Tuesday, read up to line 709 in Antigone.