English 4

February 12-16

Monday

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Today. Kavi and Jonathon lead our discussion of pages 226-250.

Be acquiring our next book. Details in middle column.

Tonight. Read The Road pages 251-287. Prepare your own thoughts and review these questions. Come prepared to engage in thoughtful and animated discussion.

Be sure to respond to peergrade feedback for 2-6-18, The Road essat #1 revision by 8:00 tomorrow. That's 8 am.

Ongoing. Have your copy of Ibsen ready to go next week. See middle column for details.

Thursday, February 15 by 15:30. 2-15-18, The Road essay favorite passage: 50-point essay.

 

 

Tuesday

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Today. Diego S and Bach lead our discussion of The Road 251-287.

Tonight.

Ongoing. Thursday, February 15 by 15:30. 2-15-18, The Road essay favorite passage: 50-point essay..

 

 

Wednesday

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Today. Essay work in class, favorite passage essay, due tomorrow by 15:30. Bring your copy of The Road.

Tonight.

Ongoing. Thursday, February 15 by 15:30. 2-15-18, The Road essay favorite passage: 50-point essay.

 

 

Thursday

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Today. Essay work in class. Essay due by 15:30 to 2-15-18, The Road essay favorite passage: 50-point essay.

Tonight. Have Ibsen ready to go next week.

Ongoing. Monday, February 19 by 22:00. Peergrade, The Road favorite passage essay. Responses to feedback due by 8:00 (am) Wednesday, February 21.

 

 

Friday

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Today. Raffle holiday. No class.

Tonight. Have your copy of Ibsen ready to go next week. First reading Tuesday night.

Ongoing. Monday, February 19 by 22:00. Peergrade, The Road favorite passage essay. Responses to feedback due by 8:00 (am) Wednesday, February 21.
 

The Road
reading links

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reader's guide from publisher
scariest passage in all literature? (spoilers)
NYT review (spoilers)
review by James Wood (spoilers)
Darkness by Lord Byron
McCarthy on the origin of language
McCarthy's biography
Psychological power of storytelling
Selected scholarly articles on The Road
Finding meaning in life
The Road vocabulary lists
List of The Road reading questions
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iscussion guidelines and reading schedule
 

 

Cormac McCarthy speaks
to Oprah Winfrey

 

 

The quest for God in The Road

 

 

The Road
Alan Warner

road435"We can divide the contemporary American novel into two traditions, or two social classes. The Tough Guy tradition comes up from Fenimore Cooper, with a touch of Poe, through Melville, Faulkner and Hemingway.
     "The Savant tradition comes from Hawthorne, especially through Henry James, Edith Wharton and Scott Fitzgerald. You could argue that the latter is liberal, east coast/New York, while the Tough Guys are gothic, reactionary, nihilistic, openly religious, southern or fundamentally rural. The Savants' blood line (curiously unrepresentative of Americans generally) has gained undoubted ascendancy in the literary firmament of the US. Upper middle class, urban and cosmopolitan, they or their own species review themselves. The current Tough Guys are a murder of great, hopelessly masculine, undomesticated writers, whose critical reputations have been and still are today cruelly divergent, adrift and largely unrewarded compared to the contemporary Savant school. In literature as in American life, success must be total and contrasted 'failure' fatally dispiriting.      "But in both content and technical riches, the Tough Guys are the true legislators of tortured American souls. They could include novelists Thomas McGuane, William Gaddis, Barry Hannah, Leon Rooke, Harry Crews, Jim Harrison, Mark Richard, James Welch and Denis Johnson. Cormac McCarthy is granddaddy to them all. New York critics may prefer their perfidy to be ignored, comforting themselves with the superlatives for All the Pretty Horses, but we should remember that the history of Cormac McCarthy and his achievement is not an American dream but near on 30 years of neglect for a writer who, since The Orchard Keeper in 1965, produced only masterworks in elegant succession. Now he has given us his great American nightmare.      "The Road is a novel of transforming power and formal risk. Abandoning gruff but profound male camaraderie, McCarthy instead sounds the limits of imaginable love and despair between a diligent father and his timid young son, 'each other's world entire'. The initial experience of the novel is sobering and oppressive, its final effect is emotionally shattering.
     "All the modern novel can do is done here. After the great historical fictions of the American west, Blood Meridian and The Border Trilogy, The Road is no artistic pinnacle for McCarthy but instead a masterly reclamation of those midnight-black, gothic worlds of Outer Dark (1968) and the similarly terrifying but beautiful Child of God (1973). How will this vital novel be positioned in today's America by Savants, Tough Guys or worse? Could its nightmare vistas reinforce those in the US who are determined to manipulate its people into believing that terror came into being only in 2001? This text, in its fragility, exists uneasily within such ill times. It's perverse that the scorched earth which The Road depicts often brings to mind those real apocalypses of southern Iraq beneath black oil smoke, or New Orleans—vistas not unconnected with the contemporary American regime."

Assignments due
read them in full

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Thursday, February 15 by 15:30. 2-15-18, The Road essay favorite passage: 50-point essay. Each of you has chosen a passage to begin your discussion. Now that you've finished the novel, I want you to choose your favorite passage, however you determine it.
     You will write an essay of at least 500 words about why that passage is your favorite. Does the passage use literary elements in an interesting way? Does it make you feel? Does it make you understand something? Does it think about theme in an interesting way?
     Define your why—that's your thesis—then write about it in an essay, using quotations to illustrate and explain your topic and ideas. Continue to practice writing effective opening and closing ¶s and to use ¶ hooks to transition from topic to topic. Do more with evidence. Be engaged. Be interesting.

Monday, February 19 by 22:00. Peergrade, The Road favorite passage essay. Responses to feedback due by 8:00 (am) Wednesday, February 21.

 

 

The next book you need

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Essay documents

Grading notes
Essay editing marks, with explanations
LBH sentences crafting packet
LBH punctuation packet
Comma usage quick guide
Essay rubric, technical
Essay rubric, conceptual
Asking good quesstions
MLA style center

 

 

From McCarthy's other works

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"You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from." No Country For Old Men

"I got what I needed instead of what I wanted and that's just about the best kind of luck you can have." The Sunset Limited

"The point is there ain't no point." No Country For Old Men

"The man who believes that the secrets of the world are forever hidden lives in mystery and fear. Superstition will drag him down." Blood Meridian

"The world is quite ruthless in selecting between the dream and the reality, even where we will not." All The Pretty Horses

"People complain about the bad things that happen to em that they don't deserve but they seldom mention the good. About what they done to deserve them things" No Country for Old Men

"It is personal. That's what an education does. It makes the world personal." The Sunset Limited

"In the end we all come to be cured of our sentiments." All the Pretty Horses

"Love makes men foolish." Cities of the Plain

"If a man's at odds to know his own mind it's because he hasn't got aught but his mind to know it with." Blood Meridian

"Those who cannot see must rely upon what has gone before. If I do not wish to appear so foolish as to drink from an empty glass I must remember whether I have drained it or not." Cities of the Plain

"You always pay too much. Particularly for promises. There aint no such thing as a bargain promise." No Country for Old Men

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