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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Vocabulary 11/5

Vocabulary Words

1.    Abase
2.    Acrimonious
3.    Cajole
4.    Witticism
5.    Voracious
6.    Turpitude
7.    Superlative
8.    Remonstrate
9.    Ostentatious
10.    Nefarious
11.    Monition
12.    Meliorate
13.    Irascible
14.    Futile
15.    Fortitude
16.    Fealty
17.    Fastidious
18.    Erratic
19.    Egregious
20.    Coquette
21.    Copious
22.    Brusque
23.    Beatitude
24.    Adroit
25.    Abdicate

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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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Notes From Underground Essay Topics

Please publish your essay topics to this post.  I would like everyone to collaborate their ideas. The more you collaborate, the easier it will be to get the “wheels turning” for this assignment.

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Sophomore Essay #2

Once you have narrowed your essay topic, I would like you to publish your ideas to this blog posting.  I would also like you to read some of your peers’ ideas and give them feedback about their topics.  The beginning stage of this essay will be collaborative; however, once you have finalized your topic and have begun the writing process, you will work independently.

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Notes From Underground Essay Topics

1.    Some critics see the Underground Man as insane, while others see him as a fairly lucid—if maladjusted—observer of society and his place within it. Evaluate the Underground Man’s sanity, using concrete examples from the text.

2.    Dostoevsky had a great talent for showing his readers the world through the confused eyes of his characters. How does he use this ability to heighten, rather than diminish, the sense of realism in the novel?

3.    The Underground Man abhors the way in which progressive thinkers of his era worship reason, but he does not necessarily totally reject reason outright. Discuss his attitude toward reason and logic. What value does he assign to logical, rational thinking, and how does he make use of it? For a starting point, pick a passage and begin your discussion with a close reading.

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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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The Bell Jar

Brainstorm Writing Topic Ideas.

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