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Thursday, September 29

September 29, 2016

Spongebob: Today I handed back your first quizzes, and collected your homework. Then we watched the very first episode (besides the pilot) of The Andy Griffith Show.

…as well as the first episode of The Simpsons, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire.”

Sheriff Andy Taylor is, like Marge Simpson, an example of our sixth archetype: the Pleaser. This is a character who regularly gives up their own wants and needs to make others happy. They’re usually dependable, caring and — yechhh — even nurturing figures.

Unsurprisingly, because these are qualities we associate with motherhood, many literary moms are Pleasers. Specifically, they — like Andy Taylor and Marge Simpson — are Protectors, one of the two sub-archetypes in this category. “Protector” we mean here in the maternal sense, not the sword-and-sorcery variety. (That’s something else.) They are the glue that holds their families together. Even sometimes atypical moms like Linda Belcher and Lois Griffin are in this category. So is Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird; he protects not only his family, but also his whole town. Other examples we kicked around: Kitara from Avatar; Michael Bluth (and George Michael) from Arrested Development; Leslie Nope from Parks & Rec, etc.

The other sub-archetype is also a character who defers to the needs and wishes of another. This is the Best Friend, otherwise known as the sidekick, a staple of all sorts of literature. It’s the author as much as anything who can make a Best Friend: the creator has usually decided that this character’s wants and needs aren’t as important as the protagonist’s. (Or the antagonist’s: villains can have Best Friends too.) Examples would include Ron Weasley, Robin, Lily from Hannah Montana, Foggy Nelson from Daredevil, etc.

Critical Reading: Today we read a short story in class (The Life You Save May Be Your Own). Part B of the handout is homework for Tuesday. The change from the assignment as written is that you need to type out your answer in paragraph form. Use the information you know have about O’Connor to make observations AND THEN interpret the possible meaning of effect of these connections. Questions? Come see me in the meantime.

Siren: Editing copy for October. It’s slow but we’re getting there.

New folks: we talked about three kinds of story organizers and why you would use them: inverted pyramid, martini glass, and kabob/Wall Street Journal. Also remember the term “nut graf”; it will figure into lead writing very soon.

Style: Today! We discussed Dale Carnegie. Here is the board:


For Tuesday, your pieces should be no less than a page – ideally, 2 – 3 pages. You can do parody or satire if you wish. I strongly encourage you to mimic format – include a complete TOC for your hypothetical book, etc.

Reading for Writers: Presentations continued. We will try to do more than 4 presentations on Tuesday (by limiting the number of questions), so everyone should be prepared to go.

Survey: Poetry: Quiz #2. I gave you time to work on your first poem, which is due Tuesday, with the checklist attached. Also for Tuesday: please read Chapter 6.

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