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Department
English
Course
ENG215H1
Professor
Sarah Caskey
Semester
Winter

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1.19.12 The Thesis Statement (document on Blackboard)  Not a statement of fact, or a summary of plot. o Generalization based on your interpretation, that needs further evidence. o Can't be just self-evident and factual, because you don't give yourself a lot of breadth or room to argue.  Has to be argumentative/debatable.  Prof. has no limit on length of thesis.  Lazy Bones thesis example: the traditional institution of marriage allows Elizabeth to redefine what she can do as a woman within her farming community. o Or: Elizabeth uses the traditional institution of marriage to challenge restraining gender codes and perform the roles of man & woman. o Or: The farm is the place where Elizabeth can develop and maintain a relationship with nature (outside of what gender roles would allow her to do in society) - a relationship that is stronger than the one she has with her husband. Sinclair-Ross  Helped define Canadian farm fiction.  Not trying to idealize/romanticize life --> showing the hardships of prairie life.  Pays significant attention to the landscape --> the setting, the hail, the wind, the environment, the weather. o All threatening and destructive --> the weather in particular, can dash their hopes of survival.  Struggle between relentless nature and tenacious man.  Hailstorm's destructiveness/relentlessness show the battle is not fair.  Ross animates nature --> uses personification to show that it's hostile.  Nature is the setting, but more importantly - the antagonist.  Just like the wheat is contrarily described with lively, human characteristics.  Ross' sympathy to the difficulty of farming weighs in to the portrayal of man vs. nature.  Unequal pairs in the story. o Aforementioned "weather/nature vs. man." o John and Martha are not on equal footing.  Martha wants to get hail insurance (pg. 101) but it's really up to John and he didn't want to.  The whole narrative is aligned with Martha's thinking, even though some
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