Week 6 10-13-2022


Complete Caught-yas 80 & 81. After rewriting the sentences, watch the videos below and make any corrections that you missed.

In case you missed it, here is 79 which we did in class.

FINISH READINGĀ Silas Marner to the end

Chapters 10-21, pages 74-183

For each chapter write a 2-3 sentence summary/narrative of what has happened in the plot.

Answer the following questions and be ready to discuss your answers in class. Bonus points (that aren’t worth anything except respect and admiration) if you have quotes from the book to support your ideas.

  1. Consider the various settings in the book — Lantern Yard, Raveloe, the Cass residence, the Marner residence, the Rainbow tavern, England on the cusp of the Industrial Evolution, and how the seasons and holidays (also part of the setting) play into the plot of the book. Be ready to share your ideas about 3 difference settings.
  2. Silas Marner is a story of redemption. One can think of Silas as living one life, dying, then coming back again to a different life. What are the turning points in the story that indicate when he “dies,” and when he is “resurrected.” How is his new life different than his old life? Find textual evidence to support your thoughts.
  3. Compare and contrast how Dunstan entered Silas’s home way back in chapter 4 and how Eppie enters Silas’s home in chapter 12. How could these entrances into Silas’s home be symbolic of Silas himself at different points of the story?
  4. What do YOU think the point of chapter 6 is? This is the chapter that takes place in the tavern BEFORE Silas comes in?
  5. Describe how Silas’s attitude towards money changes throughout the book.
  6. Describe how Silas’s attitudes towards people and relationships change throughout the book.

READ “The Garden Party” by Katherine Mansfield

If you weren’t in class to pick up a physical copy, here is a link to a PDF you can print out at home. Annotate (makes notes in) your story looking for how and where setting is integral to the plot. Also, look for physical things that keep reoccurring in the story — like lizards or bean bags or moustaches. (I don’t remember any lizards or bean bags or moustaches in the story, those are just examples.)

BONUS info

You are in NO WAY required to listen to any of these podcasts, however, there are A LOT of benefits to listening to a literary podcast once in a while – or even more than just once in a while. From these podcasts you can get a better understanding of what is happening in the story and pick up on themes, symbols, and ideas you maybe didn’t think of on your own. Also, it is helpful to hear how really educated and well-read literature teachers and professors discuss books. It’s a lively, exciting, interesting, and enlightening experience.

Sometimes, though, it is also boring or feels like a little bit of fluff. The nuggets of gold, however, are sprinkled plentifully throughout. If you have time, please try to listen to at least 30 minutes of ANY of these – you don’t have to start with the first one. I always skip the first little bit, because they don’t start talking about the actual book until about 15 minutes in. The first podcast spends MOST of the time talking about George Eliot, herself.

https://www.theliterary.life/083/ (Background info on George Eliot and Chapters 1-3)

https://www.theliterary.life/084/ (Chapters 4-9)

https://www.theliterary.life/085/ (Chapters 10-15)

https://www.theliterary.life/086/ (Chapters 16 – 21)