Readings:Essays from our reading Journal 1: Example MAJOR ONE: Topics? “Harpo Marx” Class ExerciseAssignment: Journal 2
EN 102--5593 Page 625; Paul Roberts’ essay “How To Say Nothing In 500 Words.” Tone? Is he mocking or serious? Lesson One: Avoid the Obvious Content. Lesson Two: Take the Less Usual Side Lesson Three: Slip Out of Abstraction
EN 102--5593 Turn to page 613 in Composition of Everyday Life “Sex, Lies, and Conversation” by Deborah Tannen Discuss: what is the idea behind this essay? State it in One sentence. How does Tannen follow Robert’s rules from “500”?
EN 102--5593 CLUSTERING: TOPIC GENERATION men Mutual verb Ms. M’s Understanding Context Context women Elements The “Way” GoalBy looking at both perspectives, we have a goal we can (occasionally) reach.
EN 102--5593 Journal 1 Exercise: Come up and Grab “Autumn 1995” A Little Bit about Interviews & Interviewing MLA Citation
EN 102--5593 NEXT: “Hero” Example WHO has already chosen their topic? In one sentence, what could your heroes’ thesis say? Continuing On… What “sensory” details or scenes are pivotal to our understanding of this person?
EN 102--5593 Watch the videos presented: take down any details that would help you create a “picture” of Harpo’s character. While going over my “Wikipedia” source material, make a note about details that might be interesting to a reader.
EN 102--5593Harpo Marx: InfoIn January 1910, Harpo joined two of his brothers, Julius (later "Groucho") and Milton (later "Gummo"), to form"The Three Nightingales". Harpo was inspired to develop his "silent" routine after reading a review of one of theirperformances which had been largely ad-libbed. The theater critic wrote, "Adolph Marx performed beautifulpantomime which was ruined whenever he spoke."Harpo gained his stage name during a card game at the Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg, Illinois. The dealer (ArtFisher) called him "Harpo" because he played the harp. (In Harpos autobiography, he says that mother MinnieMarx sent him the harp.) Harpo learned how to hold it properly from a picture of an angel playing a harp that he sawin a five-and-dime. No one in town knew how to play the harp, so Harpo tuned it as best he could, starting with onebasic note and tuning it from there. Three years later he found out he had tuned it incorrectly, but he could not havetuned it properly; if he had, the strings would have broken each night. Harpos method placed much less tension onthe strings. Although he played this way for the rest of his life, he did try to learn how to play correctly,and he spent considerable money hiring the best teachers. They, however, spent their time listening to him,fascinated by the way he played. In his movie performances he played the harp with his own tuning.In his autobiography Harpo Speaks (1961), Harpo recounts how Chico found him jobs playing piano to accompanysilent movies. Unlike Chico, Harpo could play only two songs on the piano, "Waltz Me Around Again, Willie" and"Love Me and the World Is Mine", but he adapted this small repertoire in different tempos to suit the action on thescreen. He was also seen playing a portion of Rachmaninoffs "Prelude in C# minor" in A Day at the Races andchords on the piano in A Night at the Opera, in such a way that the piano sounded much like a harp, as a prelude toactually playing the harp in that scene.Harpo had changed his name from Adolph to Arthur by 1911. This was due primarily to his dislike for the nameAdolph (as a child, he was routinely called "Ahdie" instead). Urban legends stating that the name change cameabout during World War I due to anti-German sentiment in the US or during World War II because of the stigmathat Adolf Hitler imposed on the name are groundless.
EN 102--5593Harpo appeared without his brothers in Too Many Kisses, four years before the brothers first widely-released film,The Cocoanuts (1929). In Too Many Kisses, Harpo spoke the only line he would ever speak on-camera in a movie:"You sure you cant move?" Fittingly, it was a silent movie, and the audience only saw his lips move andsaw the line on a title card.Harpo became famous for prop-laden sight gags, in particular the seemingly infinite number of odd things stored inhis topcoats oversized pockets. In the film Horse Feathers (1932), Groucho, referring to an impossible situation,tells Harpo that he cannot "burn the candle at both ends." Harpo immediately produces from within his coat pocket alit candle burning at both ends. Earlier in the film a man on the street asks him for money for a cup of coffee, and hesubsequently produces a steaming cup complete with saucer, from inside his coat.Harpo often used facial expressions and mime to get his point across. One of his facial expressions, which he used inevery Marx Brothers film and stage play, beginning with Fun in Hi Skule, was known as "the Gookie." Harpocreated it by mimicking the expression of Mr. Gehrke, a New York tobacconist who would make a similar facewhile concentrating on rolling cigars.Harpo further distinguished his character by wearing a "fright wig". Early in his career it was dyed pink, asevidenced by color film posters of the time and by allusions to it in films, with character names such as "Pinky." Ittended to show as blonde on-screen due to the black-and-white film stock at the time. Over time, he darkened thepink to more of a reddish color, again alluded to in films with names such as "Rusty."His non-speaking in his early films was occasionally referred to by the other Marx Brothers, who were careful toimply that his characters not speaking was a choice rather than a disability. They would make joking reference tothis part of his act. In later films Harpo was put into situations where he would repeatedly attempt to convey a vitalmessage to another person, but only did so through nonverbal means. These scenes reinforced the idea that thecharacter was unable to speak.
EN 102--5593 Read “Why I Want To Be Harpo Marx”: Evaluate. Use Roberts’ three criteria: 1) AVOID the obvious 2) TAKE the less usual side 3) SLIP out of abstraction WHAT Details in the essay are accurate? WHAT ELSE could the essay say? WHAT is the THESIS? DUE WEEK THREE: 250 Word count ROUGH DRAFT
EN 102--5593 FOR JOURNAL 2: DUE: January 30, (EOD) /10 pointsWord Count: 625 Microsoft Word (.doc, .rtf,) 12 pt. DBL Space
EN 102--5593Read “Letter From A Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King Jr. and answer the questions: 1) MLK makes a case for his non-violent protests to eight fellow clergymen, and makes several points about right and wrong, patriotism, moderation, and law. What points extend beyond the 1960’s? How does MLK’s rhetoric make a connection between then and now? 2) King defines two kinds of law: just and unjust. Provide an example of each, and then answer: What law should be broken (if any) because it is unjust? 3) What is, in King’s words, showing the “highest respect for the law”? Are there examples of this happening today? Give a specific example. NEXT: Choose an essay from Chapter 1, 2, 3 or 4: answer “Writing Strategies”, and“Exploring Ideas” questions from your chosen essay. Then, use the “Ideas for Writing”, andwrite an essay from one of the suggestions.
EN 102--5593Good luck on the rough draft, and I hope it goes swiftly….
I was going to say something witty here, but couldn’t WEEK TWO
EN 102--5593And also the obligatory “Star Wars” meme….