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Lecture 13

ENGB37 Lecture 13: 7.2 The Walking Dead “Vatos”


Department
English
Course Code
ENGB37H3
Professor
Christine Bolus- Reichert
Lecture
13

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7.2 The Walking Dead:
“Vatos”
Amy & Andrea
● startswiththebothofthemfishing,talkingabouthowtheirfathertaughtthemdifferentwaystofish
basedontheirpersonalities
● whydoesthememorymatter?isitgoodtoconjureupthepastwhenthepresentisawful?
○ memoriesofgoodtimesisalltheyhavenow
○ Morganfeelsanxietyaboutkillinghiszombiewifebecausehe’safraidifsheremembers
anything(sinceshekeepsreturningtoherhouseatnight)
○ talkingaboutmemoriesandbondsseparatepeoplefromzombies
○ RicksaysthatGlennis“partofthegroup,moreorless”;he’snot‘family’buthe’spartofthe
group;howwillAndreaconnectwiththegroupafterlosingheronlyfamily,hersisterAmy?
Daryl & Merle
● Darylisstillracistlikehisbrother,butthere’sabigagegapthatcontributestohispersonality
○ wedon’tseetheextremeofMerle,butDarylisaninterestingmixhe’sabletosurvive,buthe
alsoknowshowtobehaveinagroupdynamic
● goodtrackingskillshe’sintelligentandthinksthingsthrough
● raceisreallyprominentit’snoticed,asNaloHopkinsonsays,anditmakesusuncomfortablebutit’s
honest
● DarylcouldhaveshotthemengrabbingGlenn,butoutofconcernforGlenn’slifehekeepsfrom
shooting
○ noticesGlennissmartstartingtocareforhim
○ scareskidwiththehandscaresthekidwithoutactuallyhurtinghim
Cross‐Cutting Narrative
● buildssomuchtensionbygoingbackandforth
○ contrast&parallel:Jimisinaway“kidnapped”andtiedtoatree,whileGlenniskidnappedby
Guillermo’sgang
○ we’rebeingaskedconstantlytojudgethecharactersthroughjuxtaposition
● thingschangeveryfastwedon’tknowwhenthescenewillsuddenlychange
○ parallelwithhowthesituationorcharactersseemtochangeverysuddenly
Shane Confronting Jim
● Jimsays“Yougonoright”toarresthim;DalebroughtthenewstothegroupthatJimwasdiggingholes,
butit’sShanethattakestheleadershiproleagain
● JimseemstobementallyunstableShanealmostreactsinawaythatsocietyreactstomental
instability
○ whentieduptoatree,Jimisalmosttalkedtolikeachildanotherpersonbeingcontrolledinan
environment(mightbeamplifiedbecauseofthefearofthezombies)
● Shane’sgoalwastohelp,butmaybewentaboutitinawrongway
○ knowinghowtohelpistheissue
○ rememberJimattackedShanefirst
○ there’safearthatJimmightturnontherestofthegroupthisisthesamemisconceptionthat
hehadaboutEd
● wegetanexpressionofhistraumawhenhe’shandcuffed
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