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Tuesday, Oct. 1

October 3, 2013

Sorry this is up so late, everyone — my bad!

Violence: Today we discussed the four main image clusters (remember: an image cluster is a series of related images in a literary work) in LotF: images of excrement and dirt; darkness and light; falling; and animalism. You worked in groups to compile some pretty good lists, which we reviewed in class. If we had to choose the most important ones in each category, here are some contenders:

excrement/dirt: the failure to establish an agreed-upon bathroom spot; the focus on pig crap; Simon thinking of “the dirtiest thing there is”; the boys getting diarrhea from the fruit
darkness and light: obviously, the contrast between day and night on the island; Jack’s being described as a “stain in the darkness”; the introduction of Jack and the choirboys in black robes
falling: Piggy’s death; the fallen airman; the plane crash that brought the boys to the island
animalism: All the boys are described a various types of animals; when Ralph is hunted, he is described as a dog, a cat and a pig — but he also prepares to defend himself by sticking his enemies “like a pig”

We began talking about the allegory — a work in which characters represent something else, often abstractions or ideas — in LotF, but didn’t get far. We’ll continue Thursday.

For Thursday, your assignment is to choose the object in LotF you believe is most important symbolically, and write a short (one-paragraph) response identifying the object, what you believe it symbolizes, and why you believe it is most important.


Siren: Reviewed the first edition, talked about possible design tweaks, and convened a socia media mini-meeting with the goal of getting the Siren its own Tumblr.

Remember: you should be working on your stuff for the October issue! It’s due Friday.


Film Studies: No class today.

8th Grade: The difference between faze and phase. And a small experiment in representative democracy. Next week: who and whom!

Survey: Poetry: Today we reviewed meter with Dr. Seuss. Then we reviewed the five ways you can mute meter (and, in some cases, rhyme:

1. Enjambment (instead of end-stopping)
2. Bridging syllables
3. Alternating lines with different line lengths — like the ballad, which alternates lines of iambic tetrameter and trimeter:

4. Substitution (of a different foot or metrical pattern)
5. Don’t rhyme (like blank verse, which is unrhymed iambic pentameter)

This is from pages 91-93 in your book.

On Thursday I’d like to start with a short quiz on scansion. Please bring your John Betjeman and Terrance Hayes packets to class.

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