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Shakespeare: Blog Post 1 (Twelfth Night)

Twelfth Night (about 1602)

Blog posts due & Presentations: Monday, March 25

Group 1: A key theme in the play is deception, where people show a false front. Are they justified in doing so?

Write a post here of two paragraphs (about 200 words) discussing Twelfth Night. Choose one topic, or make your post a reply to someone else’s post.
For the presentations, choose one topic per group. Your presentation must present an opinion or argument; it cannot just summarize the story. You must e-mail or speak to me before your presentation to have it approved.

  1. Are the play’s characters sympathetic when everyone changes their mind and plays so many tricks on each other? Who is the best character?
  2. Orsino is maybe more in love with “love” than with Olivia, and yet Viola falls in love with him. Why does she? What are his good qualities?
  3. A key theme in the play is deception, where people show a false front to others or themselves. Are they justified in doing so?
  4. Why do the other characters dislike Malvolio so much? Why does Olivia put up with him?
  5. Discuss how the songs and music in the play explain or relate to the story’s action or ideas.
  6. Discuss Feste. He is a clown but is probably the smartest person in the story. Why would Shakespeare do this?
  7. Is it right for Sebastian to marry Olivia so impulsively, when she thinks that she is marrying Cesario?
  8. Choose a character and show how that character changes throughout the play, and why.
  9. Does the play teach a lesson or have a moral to it? What is it?

British Soc & Lit I: Blog Post 1 (Chaucer)

“The Miller’s Tale” & “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” from Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1386)

Blog posts due: Thursday, March 21

Write a post here of two paragraphs (about 200 words) discussing “The Miller’s Tale” or “The Wife of Bath’s Tale.” Choose one topic, or make your post a reply to someone else’s post.

  1. Is the Miller’s Tale disgusting or offensive, or just silly? Why might people find it funny?
  2. Do you feel sorry for John the husband, or does he get what he deserves?
  3. Everyone in the Miller’s Tale is punished in some way, except for Alison, who does what she wants. Is this true, or fair?
  4. Is there some kind of moral lesson in the Miller’s Tale?
  5. What is either story saying about love?
  6. What is the Wife of Bath saying about marriage in her tale?
  7. Do you agree with the Wife of Bath’s logic or arguments? Do they make sense?
  8. Although the Wife of Bath wins over her husband, he is still technically a rapist. Is he a sympathetic character? Do you like him?
  9. Is Alison or the Wife of Bath a stronger woman? What do you think Chaucer thinks of women in these stories?

Brit Soc Contemp Novs: Blog Post 1 (Bridget Jones)

Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding (1996)

Blog posts due & Presentations: Monday, March 25

Group 1: Why does Bridget have such low self-esteem? What does it mean?

Write a post here of two paragraphs (about 200 words) discussing Bridget Jones’s Diary. Choose one topic, or make your post a reply to someone else’s post.

For the presentations, choose one topic per group. Your presentation must present an opinion or argument; it cannot just summarize the story. You must e-mail or speak to me before your presentation to have it approved.

  1. Why do you think the author wrote the book as a series of diary entries? How does it change how we understand the story?
  2. Bridget often lies to herself in the entries, telling herself that she doesn’t like Daniel or that she will eat better or stop smoking. Why does she do this?
  3. Is it right for Bridget to be trying to date her boss all the time, or is it Daniel who is at fault? Why is she so attracted to him?
  4. Do you feel sympathy for Bridget, or does she get what she deserves sometimes for being lazy or silly or having bad personal habits like drinking too much?
  5. Discuss Mark Darcy. Does he treat Bridget properly, or is he wrong to look down on her initially? Why is he attracted to her?
  6. The novel is sometimes hostile to men, but Bridget’s father seems kind and is hurt by Bridget’s mother. Is there a reason the author makes her mother this way?
  7. Is Rebecca catty and mean, or is it maybe true as some critics say, that she is justifiably jealous of Bridget’s career and adventures? Are there times when Bridget is wrong, or fails to understand other people?
  8. Feminists have criticized the novel because Bridget isn’t very feminist; she can do stupid things and really only cares about getting a man. Is this true? Is this a fair criticism?
  9. Does the novel teach a lesson or have a moral to it? What is it?

Shakespeare: Group Sign-Up

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