Lit. of War Essay!

Since there is a bit of a time crunch, there will not be an essay on The Sorrow of War; however, the final essay for the class will be worth more points.  The final essay is due on Tuesday, November 18th at 3:00pm.  It will be worth 150 points.  You are to compare any of the novels that we have read to the movie The Thin Red Line.  You are expected to write a 3.5 essay with a clear introduction, thesis, forecast, body paragraphs, and conclusion.  Hint, do not simply point out similarities and differences.  You are to choose an idea that is common or in both the movie and the novel and write about its significance and how it probably adds to the antiwar rheteric of the novel and film.  If you have any questions, please post them to this site or conference with me to discuss your writing ideas.

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The Thin Red Line

Please post your response comparing the first chapter to the beginning of the movie.

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Sorrow of War In Class 10/31

Think about passages from the novel that have left an impression in your mind.  Please describe the passage and explain why this passage is significant or important regarding your understanding of the novel.

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Sorrow of War

Based on what you have read of Sorrow of War, campare the novel to one of the other texts that we have read in the class.  What are the similarities and what are the differences?  Do you see common themes or styles of writing between the two texts?  Share your thoughts and respond to at least two of your peers’ comments.

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What do you know about the Vietnam Conflict and what information did you discover in class?  Try to creat a solid informational background for yourself before begining the novel.

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Literature of War Essay Topics

Essay Topics:

1. In what ways does the novel critique the romantic rhetoric of war, honor, and patriotism? How might this critique extend to nineteenth-century ideas of nationalism? Think especially about the soldiers’ reaction to Kantorek’s letter.

2.What is Paul like as a character? Has the brutality of war completely stripped away his humanity, or does he retain vestiges of his old self?

3. Discusses the ways in which Erich Maria Remarque uses the setting to explore important ideas in All Quiet On The Western Front.

This essay will be due on Wednesday, Oct. 1st.  Hand in a hard copy at the beginning of class.

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Assignments, May 11-15

Sophomore English

Monday, May 11: Discussion of the reading – Homework: Read pages 6-27.

Tuesday, May 12: Discussion of the reading– Homework: Work on your essay revision

Wednesday, May 13: Discussion of the reading – Homework: Read pages 27-42.

Thursday, May 14:  – Homework: Read pages 43-72.

Friday, May 15: Discussion of the reading – Homework: Finish the play.

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Literature of War

Literature of War is an English elective that will take you through an exploration of wars that have altered the world and our society.  The course will focus on some the United States’ major conflicts of the twentieth century. Beginning with Remarque’s famous WWI novel All Quiet on the Western Front, we will focus on the “ordinary soldier”.  Also, James Jones’ The Thin Red Line (major motion picture) and Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five are novels that will delve inside the minds of soldiers and search for the meaning of war.  We will conclude the term with Bao Ninh’s The Sorrow of War, which is a novel told from the perspective of a North Vietnamese soldier and how the war changed his life.  If there is time at the end of the term, we will try to study the Gulf War and today’s War on Terrorism.

I expect everyone to stay on top of the reading and to contribute to the class discussions regularly.  Writing is a large component of the course.  You will be asked to write an essay for each of the texts along with shorter writing assignments to supplement the reading.  As always, please be on time and respect the class.  You are all seniors, so I should not have to review classroom rules and procedures.

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