January 16 , 2013
The Fair Flowery Lea – cont’d
1. What is the function of the watcher?
a. Sense of observation is important, because it shows us that they are a
couple that is being surveyed. Disapproved and judged. Standing in for
the chorus/community (says what everyone should be thinking).
b. In most private moments, being judged in absolute moral terms and
watched…public opinion that is going to haunt you for the rest of your
2. Why does the clerk’s plan not work out?
a. Underestimation of Dalgarth and the demon’s agency
b. Tries to assert his own dominance over another being
c. Desire will always outweigh control
3. What kind of closure do we get from the poem?
a. Representative of a conventionally perfect moment
b. They are absolutely going to hell…but maybe not now
- Adams is more subversive than transgressive
- You cannot try to dominate another human being in Adams’ poems
The Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
o Begins at the end
o Battle royal (fights blacks for scholarship in front of whites)
o Incident with Mr. Norton
o Goes to New York with fake reference letters (does not get job)
o Gets job at paint factory explosion hospital, ECT
o Finds Mary, gets a job with the communists after making a speech
o Riot in Harlem, chased by people, falls down hole
o Ends up back at the beginning (end)
o Bildungsroman (makes way through a social world where they find
themselves at odds in the social framework and you have to find your
place here, which the main character does)
o Starts as resistance, and character ends up on top o Or, anti-bildungsroman (the ending is ambiguous)
o One distinctive feature = very realistic
o Made aware of the highly subjective mode of reality, not just objective
- Why does the bildungsroman not work here?
o Society is super racist