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    • ELIT 48C Class 28ELIT 48C Class 28Important Dates!Monday 6:00 AM: Essay #1 Due 500-750 words 3-5 pages for Carolyn Keen participantsMonday: Holiday No ClassTuesday: Student Meetings No formal class To make an appointment, email meImportant Dates!Monday 6:00 AM: Essay #1 Due 500-750 words 3-5 pages for Carolyn Keen participantsMonday: Holiday No ClassTuesday: Student Meetings No formal class To make an appointment, email me
    • Chair Poet?Poetry is animaginative awarenessof experienceexpressed throughmeaning, sound, andrhythmic languagechoices so as to evokean emotional response.About.comPoetry is animaginative awarenessof experienceexpressed throughmeaning, sound, andrhythmic languagechoices so as to evokean emotional response.About.com
    • AGENDAInvisible ManThemes“Prologue”“Battle Royal”Author Introduction:Arthur MillerInvisible ManThemes“Prologue”“Battle Royal”Author Introduction:Arthur Miller
    • Selections from Invisible Man
    • ProloguePrologue1. What does the narrator tell us about himself in the very beginning of theprologue?2. To what does the narrator attribute his invisibility?3. Why does the narrator attack a man in the street?4. What is the name of the company with which the narrator claims to be“having a fight”?5. What reason does the narrator give for his fight with this company?6. Whose music does the narrator enjoy?7. What is described in the first part of the narrator’s fantasy?8. When the narrator talks to the old woman in his fantasy, what reason doesshe give for loving her oldmaster?9. Why does one of the old woman’s sons attack the narrator in the fantasy?10. What has the narrator done to make his dwelling-place more livable?
    • Battle Royal1. How do the adults respond to the grandfather’s deathbed speech?2. Where does the battle royal take place?3. What kinds of men does the narrator see in the audience?4. What does the blond woman have tattooed on her belly?5. How is the boxing match made more entertaining for the audience?6. How does the narrator try to appease Tatlock when the two areboxing?7. How do the whites first try to pay the young men for their boxing?8. Are the coins real?9. What happens when the narrator accepts the briefcase presented tohim?10. Who is in the dream the narrator has at the end of the chapter?
    • “Battle Royal”“Battle Royal”“Battle Royal” was first published as a short story in Horizon in1947 under the title “Invisible Man.” It later became the firstchapter of Ralph Ellisons only novel, Invisible Man (1952). “BattleRoyal” provides a fascinating window into the creative forces thatproduced Invisible Man.Grandfather episodes provide the thematic motor that drives muchof the novel: a study of a naïve young man who is wounded byracism but unsure how to respond. He wants to be a goodmember of his family and community but fails to understand thepoisonous effect that southern race relations have on even suchsimple acts as delivering a harmless graduation speech. The storymakes clear just what the narrator will face in his maturity.
    • Themes and MeaningsThemes and MeaningsThe battle royal episode introduces many of the themes of thenovel: Social Darwinism, which metaphorically encouragesindividuals to fight to the finish in order to receive rewards; theways in which the black communitys strongest and wiliestmembers take advantage of their fellows, refusing to cooperateagainst the common white enemy just as Tatlock refuses to fakedefeat; the corrupting influence of prizes and praise on thenarrator himself; and the need for the white establishment tomaintain symbolic as well as literal power over the blackcommunity. “Battle Royal” provides insight into thematic cruxof the larger work: how to respond to the cruelty of racismwhile retaining ones decency and humanity.
    • The Prologue• What does the readerknow about thenarrator solely on thebasis of the Prologue?Explain both what hereveals about himselfexplicitly and whatinferences can bedrawn, justifying yourfindings as you goalong.Invisible Man 1952By Ralph Ellison
    • Why would the audience listening to thenarrator’s speech have reacted so strongly tothe narrator’s mistake? Discuss theimplications of his slip of the tongue.“Battle Royal”
    • QHQ: EllisonQHQ: EllisonQ: Why would the people of Ellison’s time react to hiswriting by expecting him to be “a spokesman for a cause ora representative figure” (206) rather than “being a writer”;why would many be upset that he didn’t devote all of “hisfiction to… write social protest novels”?Q: Why would the people of Ellison’s time react to hiswriting by expecting him to be “a spokesman for a cause ora representative figure” (206) rather than “being a writer”;why would many be upset that he didn’t devote all of “hisfiction to… write social protest novels”?
    • QHQ: PrologueQHQ: Prologue• Q: What is the significance of light in the prologue?• Q: How do I explain what “Invisible Man” means?• Q: Is the narrator really invisible? Or is he just treated asan invisible man?• Q: How does sight represent power in this story?• Q: What is the purpose behind saying: “What did I do tobe so black and blue?” What is this significant andrepresentative of?• Q: What is the significance of light in the prologue?• Q: How do I explain what “Invisible Man” means?• Q: Is the narrator really invisible? Or is he just treated asan invisible man?• Q: How does sight represent power in this story?• Q: What is the purpose behind saying: “What did I do tobe so black and blue?” What is this significant andrepresentative of?
    • QHQ: “Battle Royal”QHQ: “Battle Royal”• Q: Why is the phrase “social responsibility” preferred to“social equality”?• Q: Does the analogy of sight equaling power still functionwhen the black men are commanded both to look at andlook away from the naked woman? If sight functionsdifferently, how so? Does the white woman exist in thesame oppressed space as the black men, or is it adifferent oppressed space?• Q: What do the chair and the rug represent?• Q: Why is the phrase “social responsibility” preferred to“social equality”?• Q: Does the analogy of sight equaling power still functionwhen the black men are commanded both to look at andlook away from the naked woman? If sight functionsdifferently, how so? Does the white woman exist in thesame oppressed space as the black men, or is it adifferent oppressed space?• Q: What do the chair and the rug represent?
    • Arthur MillerAuthor Introduction
    • Miller was born in Manhattan, New York, on October 17, 1915. Hisparents were Jewish immigrants who had come to America insearch of prosperity. His father, Isadore, ran a successful garmentbusiness for a number of years, while his mother, Augusta, was aschoolteacher. Following the failure of his fathers business in1928, Millers family moved to Brooklyn, which would serve as thesetting for a number of his plays, including Death of a Salesman(1949). His fathers failure and subsequent withdrawal from theworld of business had a profound effect on the young Miller, onethat has direct roots in the character of Willy Loman. By the timeMiller reached young adulthood, America was in the midst of theGreat Depression. He saw firsthand how once-wealthy neighborswere reduced to poverty and the humiliation of menial labor oroutright panhandling. Much of the playwrights cynicism regardingwealth and conspicuous consumption can be attributed to hisexperiences during these years.
    • HOMEWORKRead Arthur Miller: Death of a Salesman Act 1: 238-303Post #28Discuss how Miller communicates Willy’s outlook andemotions to the reader. Note Willy’s words, his appearance,Linda’s reactions, the set design, and other means.Examine how Biff and Hap’s adult lives show the influence oftheir childhood as seen in the flashback.Describe how Willy has taken Ben’s life and his philosophy ofthe “jungle” as models for success. How has Willy shaped thatphilosophy to encompass life as a salesman?Linda says that “attention must be paid” to Willy despite hisfaults. Do you support Linda’s claim or disagree with it? If Willyis a “fake,” as Biff calls him, then does he deserve respect?QHQ