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October 26, 2008

Reading Journal #5

Reading Journal #5
Due Tuesday, 10/28
1-2 Pages Typed, Double-Spaced

What is the role of Shrike to the larger themes of the novel (religion, gender, etc.)? Does he serve to tempt Miss Lonelyhearts from his path like Satan tempting Christ in the wilderness? Does he undermine Miss Lonelyhearts' masculinity? Explain.

October 16, 2008

Reading Journal #4

Reading Journal #4: Due Tuesday, 10/21
1-2 pages, typed, double-spaced

What is the significance of the narrative spoken by the dead mother, Addie? How does her narrative impact your reading of the text as a whole? What themes does her narrative introduce?

October 9, 2008

Reading Journal #3

Reading Journal #3: Due Tuesday, 10/14
1-2 pages, typed, double-spaced

Compare and contrast Clare's physical "passing" with Irene's emotional "passing." What are the implications of each?

September 23, 2008

Reading Journal #2

Reading Journal #2: Due Tuesday, 9/30
1-2 pages, typed, double-spaced

Why is death the only option available to the heroine of The Awakening? Bear in mind that she had already effected a separation from her husband and resolved to live life on her own terms. Why was life on her own terms ultimately impossible for her?

September 9, 2008

Reading Journal #1

Reading Journal #1: Due Tuesday, 9/16
1-2 pages, typed, double-spaced

Why is the Puritan community of The Scarlet Letter so concerned with the problem of adultery? What is the nature of the threat that Hester poses to community values, and how does the community attempt to contain that threat?