EN 1002 – Summer 2010 – Cheryl Crawford
Lecture 9 – Review -- July 22
- Differences between prose and verse.
- Consider three things for your writing:
- You want to avoid slang in essays.
- You don’t want to use pretentious writing; don’t try to use the thesaurus to try to
make yourself look smart. What you want is precision and clarity.
- What’s the problem with slang? Multiple meanings, not everyone knows what it
means, slang changes and evolves.
- Generalizations; be conscious of; covered in section 66.
- What’s wrong with generalizations? Unfounded; you have to prove what you are
- The purpose of an essay is to convince and persuade your audience of
- If you’re using a generalization, it’s easier to prove wrong.
- Generalization is something that sometimes does not have something to do with
- Generalizations take you away from the main point and the texts.
- Be careful of using vague terms.
- Avoid: ‘paints a picture’.
- Wordiness – not being clear and taking up a lot of space that you need. Be as
precise as possible.
- Avoid passive voice, avoid redundancies, avoid ‘to be’, use strong verbs, avoid
repetition and clichés.
A Thousand Acres
- Monopoly game – reflection of historical context; time for Ginny to bond with
Jess; Ginny and Pete’s relationship, she starts to see a different side of him; it’s
an opportunity for her to see things differently; perspective.
- Historical context – fuel shortages in 1979 was a big concern for farmers.
Monopoly is a rare opportunity for the family to get together.
- Rose upends the whole board ‘unrestrained capitalism always ends in war’ –
- Lear is set in war times, in a thousand acres there are references to the war;
connection to capitalism.
- Thematic concern of the novel: relationship between competiveness and
- Monopoly foreshadows the farms end. With Rose. - Monopoly, it was created by a woman who was a Quaker, the landlord’s game
(name). She was a political activist, Elizabeth Magie; it’s intention wasn’t to be a
game, her version of the game was the demonstrate the evils and perils of the
- Smiley isn’t only including in her intextual relationships, Shakespeare but little
people like Magie.
- Monopoly provides us with a different perspective just how it does the same to
- Lear; it continues to a patriotical order.
- Is Smiley optimistic about the new order? No, because Larry dies, Rose dies; it’s
still a tragedy and although Ginny is hopeful, it’s still bleak because now she is to
start all over again from the bottom. The new order is just for her to enter a new
order. The capitalist order she’s moving into is a different version of the
- Hope is place on Pam and Linda.
- A state of unrest.
- A women’s ability to cope is her only strong suit.
The Love Triangle
- Subplot that focuses on destructive power.
- Consider all that adulteress love and desire.
- Triangularity like intertextuality.
- There a liberatory affect. It liberates her.
- Olivia and Chloe, in relation to the sisters who’s only relationship can be sexual
- Lear – it r