Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Topic for Second Essay

Essay 2: To Kill a Mockingbird and the Hero's Journey

Explain the steps (the call, the mentors, the threshold etc) in the hero's journey for Scout (or Jem or Atticus).

Consider: What are Scout's Rites of Passage (Separation, Initiation, Return)?

How does she follow the eight steps of the Hero's Journey?

What does she learn about race, class, gender, laws/rules as she "comes of age"?

The challenges of this essay

This is not a physical journey.

You have to be good a reading between the lines.

It's not neatly formulated for archetypal criticism, but it's close.

Evidence is spread out over 300 pages.

Her voice is "naïve" and therefore sometimes hard to read. There's sarcasm and misunderstanding and irony in her accounts and we have to see them from adult eyes.

3-5 pages, double spaced.

Rough Draft due November 1st
Final Draft due November 5th.


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Sheryl Miller said...

A CD of the book?

Sheryl Miller said...

Some of the words that are used in the book, I've never heard of. For instance, I looked up "Hoover cart" which was mentioned in Chapter 1. "Hoover cart" -- the remains of an old tin lizzie being pulled by a mule.

During part of the great depression of the 1930's when Herbert Hoover was president, many automobile owners could not afford gasoline to power their cars so would cut off the rear end of the vehicle, attach a tongue and pull it as a cart with either a horse or mule. Others simply took the rear end housing out of the car, built a wooden cart over the housing and pull this with a horse or mule. These carts acquired the nickname "Hoover Carts" in "honor" of President Hoover.