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Gabrielle Ceraldi

Feb 5- anthropomorphism giving animals human like qualities Mole- driving boat, can talk toad- nonsense character, preparation of food most outlandishly dress- toad sense of self is derived from clothing, social class and wealth mole- black velvet smoking suit summoned by home by sense of smell- 78, “we others who have long lost..” narrator acknowledges he is human, addressing humans, talking about animals describing smells as if they were sounds, thrills smell and role of seasons reminds us that these are animals sleep a lot in winter, quiet time of year, action comes in spring hierarchy of animals toad- mole, rat, weasel Badger Toad reclusive - outgoing authority - reckless rule enforcer - rule breaker modest - boastful security/ stability - freedom/ speed attachment to the past - present/ future HOME - ADVENTURE ADULT - CHILD hierarchy two chapters for the glorious side of adventure, and then one for the dark side of it nakedness of natural world, before snowfall toad placed under house arrest, confront him, home becomes a prision, chapter 6 home as a confining place, chapters celebrate home chapter 9- rat decides to leave to sea, mole physically blocks him tacics that did not work previously seem to work works on rat but not toad, toad asked to defy his personality rat more strongly attached to his home than toad - i think about the river all the time river- combining worlds of home and adventure, constantly moving, but stable mole- thinks that rat would be losing an integral part of himself if he did leave on impulse rat- words have hypnotized by sea rat by stories and antedote is mole talking lyrically about harvest in writing, and creativity rat will realize who he is toad- badger talks to him but only superficial solution has to return and fight for his home combines adventure with domestic all male cast of characters, don’t feel need to display their masculinity (able to enjoy cooking and decorating) a a mile toad of toad hall- play Mole and his Mates- issue of frienship, (little women) wind in the willows- gives equal weight to characters treasure island also has limited females window in willows- toad has to dress up as washer women jailers daughter, aunt is washer women “female nurses” moms when female characters are evoked- limit freedom, threatening, controlling barge woman- humiliates toad as washer woman, insulting, throws him off boat, treats him like toad counter, jailers daughter, nice to toad, how can jailers daughter be seen as humiliated toad? suggests the washer women plot, expose him to more humiliated 134, regards toad in the light of a pet, loves animals but has them in cages, thinks she’s going to train him to do tricks toad thinks that jailers daughter is romantically interested, but sadly she is below him in social class, misinterprets relationship physical size is related to his ego vary range of reactions from men- taken seriously as a threat to community engineer, doesn't acknowledge his difference as an animal toad- when he encounters a female, he shrinks gender anxiety badgers social class?- welds social power, but signs of lower class im going to learn him, learn him good - lower class without education 232 i want some grab i do (common) his house is vast and impressive, but shabby slippers are down at hell, simple kitchen seems experienced in how to run house, maybe he worked for toads father, incharge of keeping lower class in line takeover at toad hall- french revolution restoring social hierarchy is this just? uprising of weasels and stouts, badger wants to restore order when you restore order, even the lower classes like it better lower class very readily accept lifestyle back class warfare, having been tamed, everyone enjoys the position is it good for toad? sweet loyal friends perpetuating behavior Wind in the Willows Discussion Questions What is the purpose of portraying females negatively within the story? What is the purpose and significance of Pan within the story? What lessons about behavior does this story help children understand? How does this story distinguish the differences between social class? Feb/ 11/ 2013 Feb/ 28/ 2013 Naive narrator CHILDREN ADULTS naivety knowledge naturalnesss artifice/ hypocrisy generosity greed/ selfishness INNOCENCE CORRUPTION Children’s- assume uncle is north american native (indian) Ours is because we want to earn money Picks up money- called a theif Velvet suit, frilly lace collar Children- not being angelic, the way they treat Albert (have to be nice to him because e’s an orphan) Albert is crying, being annoying, “fine we wont rescue him” playing a Game vs bullying Albert almost dies during games, dangerous This kind of play is good for Albert, will toughen him up. Nesbitt still sees them as innocent Innocence= freedom children have to interact with people from all social classes Princess - nobility Lord Tottenham Indian Uncle - gentry Mrs. Leslie Editor - working class Butcher Burglar Common- children take it to be an insult, even though it is literally correct able to cross boundary when they play with princess, but because they are unaware (assuming they are pretending) not good at accurately pegging where others are in class structure when adults intervene, class division is reinstated and adult separate them Where do they belong? Bastable Went to Oxford - aligns him with gentry Between Mrs Leslie and editor Editor- has more ready cash How much money you have isn’t as important as where it comes from Even butcher is more financially comfortable, but has to work for his money Jewish foreigner, doesn’t belong in categories Lord Tottenham- assumes kids are ruffians Realizes they are the sons of a gentleman Educational and social class background is evident in speech and accent Signs of poverty concealed in the house Latin- marker of upper class Aware of social class (forced to admit their behavior has not been gentlemanly) Feel ashamed because its not inline with what they would expect of themselves considering their social class Nobleness of Oswald- Desperate to pay back sisters debt, Mrs Leslie gives him flowers for Noel, he sells them at station Why do flowers bring shame? because they were a gift, Flower sellers (lowest of the low) -barely above burglars, has chosen to occupy a role well below his families
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