Sherwood Anderson<br />Winesburg, Ohio<br />RUNDOWN<br />Major Themes<br />“Hands” & Wing<br />The Grotesque<br />“Mother”...
<ul><li> individual quest for self and social betterment</li></ul>Panel Discussion Question: What do you think is the reas...
 distrust of modern industrial society</li></ul>RUNDOWN<br />Major Themes<br /><ul><li> sense of conflict between inner an...
How does “Hands” fit into the major themes of Sherwood Anderson?<br />What happened in the scene with George Willard (1424...
The Grotesque<br /><ul><li> absurdity, horror, and comedy
 exaggerated portrayals of the body</li></ul>RUNDOWN<br />Major Themes<br />“Hands” & Wing<br />The Grotesque<br /><ul><li...
In what way(s) is Elizabeth Willard an example of a grotesque character? How is/was she “in the act of becoming?”<br />How...
What do you think about the ending of this section? How does it make you feel? Are you confused?<br />What do you think An...
George Willard is a writer in training.<br />Now, think back to Hemingway and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro.” Harry, the main ...
Do you think the fact that Anderson grew up in a small town had an impact on his writing of Winesburg, Ohio? <br />What ot...
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  1. 1. Sherwood Anderson<br />Winesburg, Ohio<br />RUNDOWN<br />Major Themes<br />“Hands” & Wing<br />The Grotesque<br />“Mother”<br />“Adventure”<br />George Willard<br />Small Towns<br />Big Finish<br />
  2. 2. <ul><li> individual quest for self and social betterment</li></ul>Panel Discussion Question: What do you think is the reason that the stories do not have a definite ending? (Ex: it doesn’t give a solution to what has happened or any reference to what the character did at the end.)<br /><ul><li> small town environment
  3. 3. distrust of modern industrial society</li></ul>RUNDOWN<br />Major Themes<br /><ul><li> sense of conflict between inner and outer worlds; human psychology</li></ul>“Hands” & Wing<br />The Grotesque<br />“Mother”<br />“Adventure”<br /><ul><li>Misunderstanding, loneliness, the inability to articulate </li></ul>George Willard<br />Small Towns<br />Big Finish<br />
  4. 4. How does “Hands” fit into the major themes of Sherwood Anderson?<br />What happened in the scene with George Willard (1424) to make Wing Biddlebaum change so fast from being inspiring as Anderson described to scared and nervous?<br /> Is Wing a homosexual? <br /> Does it matter?<br />RUNDOWN<br />Major Themes<br />“Hands” & Wing<br />The Grotesque<br />“Mother”<br />“Adventure”<br />George Willard<br />Small Towns<br />Big Finish<br />
  5. 5. The Grotesque<br /><ul><li> absurdity, horror, and comedy
  6. 6. exaggerated portrayals of the body</li></ul>RUNDOWN<br />Major Themes<br />“Hands” & Wing<br />The Grotesque<br /><ul><li> the grotesque body is one “in the act of becoming”</li></ul>“Mother”<br />“Adventure”<br />George Willard<br />Small Towns<br />Big Finish<br />
  7. 7. In what way(s) is Elizabeth Willard an example of a grotesque character? How is/was she “in the act of becoming?”<br />How does the cat and baker episode (1427) seem to rehearse her own life?<br />When Elizabeth Willard was praying about her son, why did she say “And do not let him become smart and successful either”? (1427)<br />RUNDOWN<br />Major Themes<br />“Hands” & Wing<br />The Grotesque<br />“Mother”<br />“Adventure”<br />George Willard<br />Small Towns<br />Big Finish<br />
  8. 8. What do you think about the ending of this section? How does it make you feel? Are you confused?<br />What do you think Anderson is trying to say by calling Alice’s action at the end an “adventure?”<br />RUNDOWN<br />Major Themes<br />“Hands” & Wing<br />The Grotesque<br />“Mother”<br />“Adventure”<br />George Willard<br />Small Towns<br />Big Finish<br />
  9. 9. George Willard is a writer in training.<br />Now, think back to Hemingway and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro.” Harry, the main character was also a writer. <br />With these two writers in mind, what seems to be the role or duty of the writer?<br />RUNDOWN<br />Major Themes<br />“Hands” & Wing<br />The Grotesque<br />“Mother”<br />“Adventure”<br />Why might Anderson constantly refer to a poet in “Hands”? <br />George Willard<br />Small Towns<br />Big Finish<br />
  10. 10. Do you think the fact that Anderson grew up in a small town had an impact on his writing of Winesburg, Ohio? <br />What other biographical aspects may have influenced the composition of this novel?<br />RUNDOWN<br />Major Themes<br />“Hands” & Wing<br />The Grotesque<br />“Mother”<br />“Adventure”<br />George Willard<br />Small Towns<br />Big Finish<br />
  11. 11. <ul><li> Initially symbols of civilization
  12. 12. Incomplete, full of anticipation, become larger cities</li></ul>RUNDOWN<br />Major Themes<br /><ul><li> Larger cities become a frontier in itself</li></ul>“Hands” & Wing<br />The Grotesque<br />“Mother”<br /><ul><li> Negative ideas of larger cities lead to romantic nostalgia for small towns</li></ul>“Adventure”<br />George Willard<br />Small Towns<br />Big Finish<br />
  13. 13. Extra Credit…<br />What do we think?<br />RUNDOWN<br />Major Themes<br />“Hands” & Wing<br />The Grotesque<br />“Mother”<br />“Adventure”<br />George Willard<br />Small Towns<br />Big Finish<br />
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