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Ewrt 2 class 18


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Ewrt 2 class 18

  1. 1.  End of quarter plan  Group Discussions: Perspectives and A Game of Thrones  Introduce Essay #5  In-class writing: Generating prompts
  2. 2.  Today: Class 18  Discussion: Perspectives and A Game of Thrones.  Introduce Essay #5  Class 19  In class essay #4  Class 20  Make-up Exam  Self Assessment  Class 21  Meetings by appointment in my office.  Friday, Week 11  Self-Assessment due before noon  Revised Essay due before noon  Class 22: 25 participation points  Game of Thrones Episode  Final discussion  Final (Tuesday 12/09): Final Paper due
  3. 3.  Today: Class 18  Discussion: Perspectives and A Game of Thrones.  Introduce Essay #5  Class 19  In class essay #4  Class 20  Make-up Exam  Self Assessment  Class 21  Meetings by appointment in my office.  Friday, Week 11  Self-Assessment due before noon  Revised Essay due before noon  Final: Class 22: (Thursday 12/11 7-9 am) 25 participation points  Final due before class begins.  Game of Thrones Episode  Final discussion
  4. 4. Group Discussions: Perspective and A Game of Thrones Get into your teams to consider the application of Woolf and Plato to A Game of Thrones. Make sure to find textual evidence to support your claims. Women!
  5. 5. “The Allegory of the Cave” “Shakespeare’s Sister”
  6. 6. Virginia! I am telling you, I have had it!
  7. 7.  “Wife-beating,” I read, “was a recognized right of man, and was practiced without shame by high as well as low. . . . Similarly,” the historian goes on, “the daughter who refused to marry the gentleman of her parents’ choice was liable to be locked up, beaten, and flung about the room, without any shock being inflicted on public opinion. (Woolf, 4 Web)  Ned touched her cheek gently. “Has he done this before?” “Once or twice.” She shied away from his hand. “Never on the face before. Jaime would have killed him, even if it meant his own life.” (Martin, 332, PDF)
  8. 8.  “a women’s composing is like a dog’s walking on his hind legs. It is not done well, but you are surprised to find it all.” (Jacobus 774)  “‘Perchance later you’ll tell me how a nine year old girl the size of a wet rat managed to disarm you with a broom handle and throw your sword in the river.’” (Martin 156)  “Arya has the hands of a blacksmith… Sansa was too well bred to smile at her sister’s disgrace, but Jeyne was smirking on her behalf. Even Princess Myrcella looked sorry for her” (Game of Thrones, 70).  ” a highly gifted girl who had tried to use her gift for poetry would have been so thwarted and hindered by other people, so tortured and pulled asunder by her own contrary instincts, that she must have lost her health and sanity to a certainty” (Shakespeare’s Sister, 771).
  9. 9.  “Marriage was not an affair of personal affection, but of family avarice, particularly in the ‘chivalrous’ upper classes” (Woolf 765).  “‘I have a son. You have a daughter. My Joff and your Sansa shall join our houses’” (Game of thrones PDF 41).
  10. 10.  “ The daughter who refuses to marry the gentleman of her parents choice was liable to be locked up, beaten and flung about the room, without any shock being inflicted on public opinion. Marriage was not an affair of personal affection, but of family avarice, particularly in the ‘chivalrous’ upper classes” (Woolf, 765). “ Arya says, ‘ Can I be a kings councilor and build castles and become the high septon?’ ‘You’ Ned said kissing her lightly on the brow ‘will marry a king and rule his castle, and your sons will be knights and prices and lords and, yes perhaps even a High Septon’”(Martin, 247)
  11. 11.  “ The daughter who refused to marry the gentleman of her parents’ choice was liable to be locked up, beaten, and flung about the room, without any shock being inflicted on public opinion. Marriage was not an affair of personal affection, but of family avarice, particularly in the ‘ chivalrous’ upper classes” (Woolf 765.)  “We go home with an army, sweet sister. With Khal Drogo’s army, that is how we go home. And if you must wed him and bed him for that, you will.” [Viserys] smiled at [Daenerys]. “ I’d let his whole khalasar fuck you if need be, sweet sister, all forty thousand men, and their horses too if that was what it took to get my army. Be grateful it is only Drogo. In time you may even learn to like him. Now dry your eyes. Illyrio is bringing him over, and he will not see you crying” (Martin 38.)
  12. 12.  How is Tyrion like the imaginary woman described by Virginia Woolf in Shakespeare’s Sister?  Q: How is Jon Snow’s life similar to the middle-class women of the Elizabethan Era?
  13. 13. Q: Who can be seen as the people chained to the walls in Game of Thrones, and who are the ones freed from them? Q: Who are those carrying the objects to cast on the walls?
  14. 14.  In a Game of Thrones, Jon Snow is pulled out of the cave when sees Tyrion Lannister in a more positive light. George R.R. Martin describes Jon Snow’s moment in the light when Jon Snow first talks to Tyrion Lannister. “And with that he turned and sauntered back into the feast, whistling a tune. When he opened the door, the light from within threw his shadow clear across the yard, and just for a moment Tyrion Lannister stood tall as a king.” (Martin 57)  “Anyone who has common sense will remember that the eyes are of two kinds, and arise from two causes, either from coming out of the light or from going into the light [...] he will first ask whether that soul of man has come out of the brighter life, and is unable to see because unaccustomed to the dark, or having turned from darkness to day is dazzled by the excess of light.” (Plato 450)
  15. 15.  Jon said to [Arya], ”You had best run back to your room, little sister. Septa Mordane will surely be lurking. The longer you hide, the sterner the penance. You’ll be sewing all through winter. When the spring thaw comes, they will find your body with a needle still locked tight between your frozen fingers.” Arya said, “I hate needlework!” (Martin 75) Plato states, “here, they have been from their childhood, and have their legs and necks chained so that they cannot move, and can only see before them, being prevented by the chains from turning round their heads (Jacobus 446).
  16. 16.  “How could they all been so blind? The truth was there in front of them all the time, written on the children’s faces” (Martin 486).  “he would rather suffer anything than entertain these false notions and live in this miserable manner” (Plato 448).
  17. 17. Essay #5: Over the course of the quarter, we have read the ideas of six philosophers and discussed many notions and objectives presented by them. We have also applied their ideas about governments, rulers, and citizens; wisdom, justice, and equality; and perspectives, privileges, and rights to our primary text, A Game of Thrones. Because of the breadth of our inquiries, I offer you several ways to proceed with this final essay. Your paper, however, must include the following:
  18. 18. Your paper, however, must include the following:  It must be 5-6 pages long (not including the works cited page).  You must use at least four credible sources, and those sources must be listed on your Works Cited page. At least two of these must be sources we did not cover in class.  Your essay must adhere to MLA formatting rules.  You must submit it electronically to before the scheduled final.  Your essay must include an intersection between one or more of the philosophies we read together and A Game of Thrones.  You may choose a topic from the essay #5 prompt list, or you may use one of your own. (Please see me (or email me) about using your own essay topic before you begin.)
  19. 19.  Write or choose your prompt  Define or explain the assertion/claim being offered. Or, explain the essence of the argument.  Produce a clear, arguable thesis statement that asserts your opinion.
  20. 20.  Use evidence to support your position: be specific and accurate—named and factually correct  Here is a brief overview of the kinds of support/evidence you could include to bolster your argument: — recognition of the opposition — examples — anecdotes — contrast and comparison — cause and effect — appeal to authority — facts/statistics — details — quotations — dialogue — definitions
  21. 21.  Avoid using movies and other more informal aspects of society as evidence (pop culture)  Stay away from blogging sites, Wikipedia, and other sites that lack authority or credibility.  Avoid evidence that everybody will cite (To avoid this, reject first thoughts and keep digging until you find ideas that are complex and interesting.)
  22. 22. 1. Write a meaningful opening sentence or two that makes a personal observation about the focus of the question that reveals your thinking. Do not write flowery, general beginnings. Get right to the point. Use the first sentence or two to begin to define the meaning of the assertion. If you need to include directed summary to provide context for your essay, do so here.
  23. 23. 2. Qualify your stance if there is a common or strong argument for a different perspective. Try an “although” thesis (Example: “Although grass is generally green, it can also be other colors.” Then your first page will be about green grass. Acknowledge that you are familiar with this stance; In the next pages, you will discuss/argue for the existence of the other colors. Then will come your counterargument (rebuttal or concession) and then the conclusion. Be careful not to contradict yourself.
  24. 24.  If the prompt requires an agree or disagree stance, be sure to demonstrate an understanding of argumentation by acknowledging both sides of the argument. This is sometimes done by writing a con-pro paragraph immediately after the introduction; the remainder of the essay becomes different paragraphs which confirm or amplify your agreement or disagreement with the assertion.
  25. 25.  If the question requires a defend, challenge, or qualify stance on a political or philosophical assertion, be sure to address all the issues raised by the claim/assertion. Your evidence would be specifically named examples that support the claim you make in your topic sentence. Examples from multiple sources that support the same conclusion make your claim more valid. Each paragraph then would end with an interpretation of the similar conclusion that can be reached after examining differing types of evidence.
  26. 26.  You may use your posts and earlier essays as fodder to help support your arguments; as such, you might consider previous writing that you want to explore further. To use your work effectively, you may want to write your own prompt. Please see me (or email me) with your idea so we can make sure your prompt will generate 5-6 pages.
  27. 27.  The question must prompt an argument.  The question must refer to at least one of the essays we read in class.  The question must include reference to A Game of Thrones.  The question may ask the writer to include references to other texts, historical events, or contemporary issues.
  28. 28. Brainstorming Essay Prompts: Example Brainstorming Essay Prompts: Example: Machiavelli  Pick a character or two (or a family) from A Game of Thrones that expresses the Machiavellian philosophy of “the end justifies the means.”  Elaborate on how they justify the acquisition & consolidation of their power. Make an argument that upholds or rejects this approach to gaining and holding power.  Finally, extend that argument to contemporary America. Does the end justify the means for us today? Use specific examples to support your final assertion.
  29. 29.  Choose a character from A Game of Thrones that you see as dynamic, that is, one that has grown during the novel.  Argue for or against the philosophy of Plato concerning the process of enlightenment. Does the character follow the steps of the unchained prisoner? Does he or she become a philosopher king/queen because of the enlightenment? Or does he or she remain materialistic and greedy, as Plato says of the less enlightened leaders? Or is there another reason for incompletion of the steps? Use specific, step-by-step examples. Substantiate that your character irrefutably did see the light.  Then, consider America today: Do we follow the same steps to enlightenment? Are our leaders philosopher-kings? Should they be?
  30. 30.  In “Shakespeare’s Sister,” Virginia Woolf uses a cool and controlled tone, a rhetorical strategy that allows her to manipulate male audience members into listening to her arguments about the plight of women (and working class and poor men) throughout history.  Do marginalized characters in A Game of Thrones use these kinds of rhetorical strategies to increase their own power base? Make an argument for one or more characters that achieve power based on the ability to control rhetoric. Make sure to provide specific examples. Explain how the character’s rhetoric influences others’ thinking and ultimately wins him or her opportunity, power, or freedom.  Is rhetoric still such a powerful tool in contemporary society? Use specific examples to support your argument.
  31. 31.  Remember, these need to be argument prompts. They also need to generate 5-6 pages of writing. Be sure to provide sub-questions to the primary question. Write questions you can answer!
  32. 32. 1. Using at least one philosophical perspective and A Game of Thrones, write one or two good questions that you might consider answering for your final paper. .  Remember to pose your questions so as to prompt an essay that can be argued.
  33. 33.  Post #33: Post at least one essay prompt that you wrote for essay #5.  Post #34 Pick and post two potential essay questions for essay #5. You can use the one you wrote and one from the formal prompts, or you can use two from the list that I provided. Write a one or two sentence answer to the prompts. (a rough thesis)  Prepare for in-class essay