Is the mood at the end of the novel hopeful or defeated? Explain your answer.
Try to chronicle all the things that the narrator gathers and keeps in his pockets and briefcase throughout the novel. To what extent are these things burdens? To what extent is the narrator defined by the things that he carries?
Choose one of the following
· What do you think of Jack’s suggestion that the narrator could be the next Booker. T. Washington? Is this suggestion honorific or problematic?
· Do you agree with Woodridge in that people should privilege their individual growth over the growth of their race?
Discuss the narrator’s transformation as a result of his accident at the Liberty Paint Factory.
Post 2: Choose one of the following:
Earlier in the novel, the reader is introduced to the treachery of white characters, but chapter 4 indicates that even black leaders are not what they seem. Discuss this turn of events.
Throughout the novel, we find Ellison alluding to Dubois’s image of the “negro” being “born with a veil.” Discuss these allusions and their significance.
Reflect upon the racial stereotypes and themes of blindness and violence in the beginning chapters. Comment on the relevance of these.
You are coming close to the end of your first summer novel, and I hope you enjoyed it. We will be returning to this book, so keep it close.
I would like to give you all personal feedback regarding your posts before we begin "Invisible Man". I will, of course, expect improved post for this novel since you have read the "How to Read Lit" guidebook.
Make it easy for me, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I may respond with your personalized feedback.
Do not fret, I had to write two warning posts last summer, as well. However, the nine that actually made it into the course did not need the message. They were already posting. The others, were removed.
Consider this your warning....
This class is a privilege. Difficult? Absolutely. Time consuming? Absolutely. Worth it? Yes, if you harbor ambition.
Last year, the AP Greats truly became a team. They will, I believe, be friends for a lifetime. They were different, but had a common goal....and truly inspired me with their accomplishments. Working hard was not optional, it was required, not only by me...but by the class as a whole. They depended on each other for support, and held each other to certain standards. With the greats, you didn't miss assignments. You came to class prepared. And, you completed your summer reading. Why? So we could get to coffee talk, so we could discover literary theory...so they could reach the height of literary genius. We didn't have time to be lazy.
This year, you all signed a contract. If you do not complete your summer reading, you are kicked out of my classroom. Summer reading is your ticket. I do this for a reason (you will find, I always have a reason...for everything).
My class is a college level course. I do not have time for trivial matters, such as chasing after you for assignment completion. I am far too busy filling your minds with literary brilliance. (I do hope you sensed the droll tone of that statement, and if you did not...you will.)
Yes, I prefer quality work, so I am lenient on deadlines. However, this is summer. You have no other courses. You should be on time. If you cannot handle summer work, you will not be able, nor should you be able, to take my class. This is a simple fact.
Seniors: I will give you the benefit of the doubt. You have never taken my course, so you are unaware of my personality...and most of you are doing well. Let me give you a hint; summer reading sets your tone for me. It signifies how hard you will work. It shows me what you are made of.
Juniors: You have no excuse, other than the fact that I babied you. Yes, I babied you...when you were FRESHMAN. No more. You impressed me with your brilliance that year, and I adored our class. But, each of you have a long way to go before you reach the heights of literary greatness, and I intend to help you get there...however, you have to put the work in. Also, I fought for you to take my course. You are juniors in a senior class. Do not disappoint me and nullify my efforts as well as my belief in you.
This class is worthwhile, it is a tremendous journey...and I know that each of you will benefit from it. Summer reading is not a suggestion. It is the first step. You will find that this "How to Read Lit" book will come in handy....and if you do not believe me, ask the greats. I will give you until the end of week 3 to catch up or communicate. Failure to do so will result in a phone call home. Then, I kick you out. Sorry...but you must be driven.
Those of you who are already reaching the Hulsey expectations, you know who you are, and do keep up the excellent work.
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