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Honors English IV--HW
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See calendar link for this week's assignments.
Due this week 9/4-9/7:
Begin reading Kafka's Metamorphosis. This existentialist [scroll down for definition] story is described as a "harrowing--though absurdly comic--meditation on human feelings of inadequacy, guilt,and isolation." The story is 55 pages long and there is a series of critical essays that follow the piece. No need to read the critical essays as we will be doing our own independent analysis of the story. Anyone who wants a review of key literary terms that we will be covering in class--simply scroll down to the bottom of the page. See calendar link for final reading deadline. Also, start looking at your college essay from last year. If you did not complete a draft college essay--no worries--we will address the college essay writing process later in the week.
Please also read "Dearest Father" by Franz Kafka: http://www.almaclassics.com/excerpts/dearestfather.pdf.
Existentialism: A philosophy that emphasizes the uniqueness and isolation of the individual experience in a hostile or absurd world; regards human existence as unexplainable and even meaningless, and stresses freedom of choice and responsibility for the consequences of one's acts.
Buddhism: a religion, originated in India by Buddha (Gautama) and later spreading to China, Burma, Japan, Tibet, and parts of southeast Asia, holding that life is full of suffering caused by desire and that the way to end this suffering is through enlightenment that enables one to halt the endless sequence of births and deaths to which one is otherwise subject.
Metaphor: A comparison of 2 different objects/ideas to show the relationship between the 2 things being compared. Example: "Shall I compare thee to a Summer's day?"
Symbol: A color, character, or object that represents a larger abstract idea or theme. Example: Why do brides wear white on their wedding day? What does the color white symbolize?
Imagery: The use of descriptive language to paint a picture (image) in the reader's mind.
Literary Allusion: A reference in a literary work to a person, place, or thing in history or another work of literature. Allusions are often indirect or brief references to well-known characters or events
Personification: Transforming an inanimate object or object of nature by giving it human like qualities and characteristics.