Monday, November 17, 2014

"Young Goodman Brown"
November 17, 2014

1.How does the setting add to the meaning of the story: sunset and night, dreary road, gloomiest trees, narrow path creeping through, lonely, peculiarity in solitude? How does this imagery create the mood? How does this mood help us predict the nature of Young Goodman Brown’s journey?
- Not only is the setting eerie, but we all affiliate Salem with witches and witch craft. This adds to the subliminal message of eerie satanistic actions. This imagery gives a creepy dark mood. The eerie descriptions foreshadow that Y.G.B. is going on a creepy adventure.

2. .Discuss the significance of "Faith kept me back awhile."
-This has two meanings. 1) Faith, his wife, actually kept him back. 2) He was blinded by his faith in everyone and because of this he was kept back from the truth.

3.Why do you think Faith wore pink ribbons? Hint: think of the connotation of colors.
-We usually affiliate innocence with pink, and when Faith's pink ribbons were found by Y.G.B. it was as if her innocence was no longer.

4.Discuss the significance of the second traveller (sic.), ". . . apparently in the same rank of life as Goodman Brown and bearing a considerable resemblance to him, though perhaps more in expression than features. Still they might have been taken for father and son." Is he Brown’s alter ego?
-Y.G.B. may have been the younger version of his companion...the Devil, if he continues to have no faith.

5.Interpret the description of the staff "which bore the likeness of a great black snake, so curiously wrought that it might almost be seen to twist and wriggle like a living serpent. This, of course, must have been an ocular deception, assisted by the uncertain light." Why the uncertainty?
-He may have let fear affect his vision, and also the darkness could have done so.

6. When the fellow traveller states, "I have been well acquainted with your family... I helped your grandfather, the constable, when he lashed the Quaker woman so smartly through the streets of Salem. ... The deacons of many a church have drunk wine with me; the select men of divers town make me their chairman; and a majority of the Great and General Court are firm believers of my interest," what do we begin to understand about him? Though this character, what is Hawthorne telling us about evil?
-Evil is in everyone.

7. Discuss the meaning(s): "My Faith is gone!”
-Y.G.B had loss his wife, and he had loss his faith.

8.Describe what Goodman Brown saw when he arrived at the meeting – the grave, reputable, and pious people, the chaste dames and dewy virgins, the revered pastor, and that the good "shrank not from the wicked." Discuss the meaning.
-You couldn't tell the difference between the bad and the good. They was no uncomfortable vibe given from the evil to the good.

9.The dark figure states, "Welcome, my children, to the communion of your race. Ye have found thus young your nature and your destiny." What do you think this means?
-It is everyone's nature to be evil, and this is the inevitable.

10.  How does Goodman Brown treat people the next day? What happens to him? Why?
-Y.G.B is scared of the people in the town. He snatches the little girl from Deacon Gooken.

11."Young Goodman Brown" is a moral allegory. Essentially, an allegory is an extended metaphor using one thing to represent another – a story with dual meanings. Therefore, there is a surface or literal meaning as well as a secondary meaning. In other words, Hawthorne uses this moral allegory to reveal a moral lesson or lessons. Discuss the moral lesson(s) you discover in the story.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Nov. 3, 2014

1. What is the first clue that the monkey’s paw is not a good thing?
-Sgt. Major Moris warns that the monkey's paw is not good and throws it into the fire.

2. What is the second clue that something is not right about the paw?
-The monkey's paw was dried like a mummy.

3. What is ironic about the wish? (Something is ironic when the thing that
happens is the exact opposite from what you had expected.)
-Every wish comes with a curse, or a consequence.

4. Why does the mother think the second wish will make everything right?
-She thinks that the wish will bring her son back, but she doesn't understand the monkey's paw curse.

5. Why is the father afraid to make the second wish?
-He understands the monkey's paw curse.

6. What do you think the third wish was? Why do you think this?
-The third wish was for the son to go away, because the father realized how literally the monkey's paw takes the wishes.

7. Why does the story start with the father and son playing chess? Does the father’s strategy at the chess game tell you anything about his personality? If so, what?
-The story starts out with the father and son playing chess to represent how the father takes unnecessary risks. Yes, it does because just like the chess game, he gambled with fate and fate won.

8.Sergeant Major Morris describes the monkey's paw in this way: "It had a spell put on it by an old fakir,...a very holy man. He wanted to show that fate ruled people’s lives, and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow. " What does Morris’ statement mean when you first read it? What does it mean after you have read the entire story? Is his comment significant? If so, why?
-In the beginning the message of the quote basically means that messing with fate ends up in tragedy. After reading the story, the same analysis reins true. but it is just more severe. Yes this comment reins true because every action you do has a consequence.

9.Why does Major Morris throw the monkey's paw onto the fire and why do the Whites react so strongly?
-He is so depressed and mad with the monkey's paw, and the Whites only see the shiny ball in front of them, not the poison that the monkey's paw truly is.

10.What happens to Herbert White?
-He gets mauled by a machine at his work.

11.  What do you think happened at the end of the story? Why does Mr. White beg his wife not to let "it" into the house? What does he mean? What is he afraid of? Who or what was outside of the house?
-I think that the late Herbert is the thing that is waiting outside. Mr. White calls his son it. because it is not his son. It is the awaken body of his dead son. Nothing was outside.

12.What makes Jacobs' style of writing unique? Read the following passage and think about how he puts his words together to create a mood. Underline words or passages that seem important to you.

"...and a horrible fear that his wish would bring his mangled son before him ere he could escape from the room seized upon him , and he caught his breath as he found he had lost the direction of the door. His brow cold with sweat, he felt his way around the table, and groped along the wall until he found himself in the small passage with the unwholesome thing in his hand."

13.How does Jacobs set the mood and/or tone of the story? How does he build suspense? Think about the way he uses silence as a way to create a mood. What does he describe at the end as the husband and wife lie in bed waiting for their wish to come true?

-He adds an eery tone, and chilling words to set a suspenseful tone and mood throughout the story.