The Misunderstood Monster by Joseph Pearce
Questions for Discussion:
1. Identify the purpose of the article (why did Pearce write it)?
2. What is Pearce's thesis (his central claim)
3. Explain how Pearce supports his claim
4. What kinds of interpretations of Frankenstein does Pearce criticize?
5. Do you find his argument convincing.
Close Reading & Passage Analysis
I will be giving you a handout of "How to Write a Passage Analysis of Prose" along with an excepted "interrupted passage" to annotate in class today.
You will be working in groups of 3-4 to complete a "close reading" of the excerpted text. This entails the following:
1. Read the passage and annotate
2. Identify the speaker, the context, and the occasion of the passage
3. Provide a brief summary of the passage
4. Identify the central purpose of the passage
5. Examine tone: what is it? How is it achieved?
6. Examine diction and syntax: Word choice and word order
7. Examine the passage for allusions, similes, symbols, imagery, or figurative language, or tone words as follows. Why are they used and what is their effect
8. Write a thesis that takes the form of an assertion about the meaning and purpose of the passage. It must be something which you can argue for and prove in your essay. Everything you say in support of the thesis must reference the text – by quotations, paraphrases, or summary.
TIP: Always connect the literary term (and example) directly to the effect it creates in the passage.
TIP: Include clear commentary after all supporting quotations and tie to the total meaning.
For next class -- Monday (A) / Tuesday (B)
Read Letters + Chapters 1 -6
Identify by annotation or note-taking one quotation from each chapter that you believe best exemplifies a "big idea" (thematic subject) addressed or explored in that chapter. Include one from "letters" and one each for chapters one through six -- seven in all. (Be prepared to explicate one or more of these in class.)