S In the prominent Brother/Sister Brothers and Sisters relationship in novel (Jaime & Cersei), how is control S Why is Daenerys so tolerant of imposed and manipulated. her brothers violent tendencies towards her?S How does this contrast with the relationship Daenerys and S Why can’t Daenerys stand up Viserys have? for herself? S Why does Arya have a deeper connection with her halfS Why would Jamie and Cersei brother Jon rather than her full want to kill Bran, a small boy, blooded siblings? when he was most likely very confused about what he just S Will Arya or Jon’s differences saw and didn’t understand ever be accepted by the what he heard? society they live in?S Why does Cersei need the status and power as Queen? What is planning to do with it?
S Does Jon enjoy his life under Ned? Jon Snow S What would have happened if Catelyn accepted Jon as one of herS Why, after so many own? years does Catelyn S Will Jon ever fight for his place in insist on being hostile the Stark family? toward Jon? S Who is Jon Snow’s mother? Where is she? Who is she for Ned?S Why does Jon accept this from Catelyn S Why don’t Eddard or Benjen Stark warned Jon of the type of life he instead of trying to would have to live on the Wall? gain her trust and love? S The Night’s Watch meant no family, and the chance of survival is slim. If Ned really loved Jon, why did heS More interestingly, I allow him to join? wonder how life would S Does Jon regret his choice to join have turned out for the Night Watch ? Jon if Catelyn did accept him.
Sansa’s RelationshipsS Arranged marriage: is it morally right? Are Sansa and Joffrey too young? S Why is it that Sansa and Arya are unable to get along withS But why would the parents each other? want to force their children into a marriage, when they were forced into marriages that they were and still are not happy with? S Why would Sandor Clegane( the Hound) reveal his past toS Why does Sansa lie to Sansa? protect Joffrey? S Why was the Hound soS Why does Sansa not tell aggressive with Sansa? Why didn’t Sansa threaten she the truth knowing that Lady would tell Septa Mordane? is going to die for it?
Who will youchoose?There 42 choices availablebased on single characters(Jaime Lannister) or groups ofcharacters (The women atWinterfell: Old Nan; SeptaMordaine).There are two selections foreach of the eight chaptercharacters (Eddard, Catelyn,Daenerys, Tyrion, Jon, Bran,Sansa and Arya)
S There are character lists on the tables in front. They are organized by family, castle, or country.S I will call you up in order of your score. In the case of ties, we will draw numbers to determine who goes first.S When your turn comes, write your name on the line below the character you have chosen.S Tell me who you have chosen, so I can mark him or her off of a list that will show on the overhead.S Keep in mind who you want as we move through the process, so when it is your turn, you can choose quickly.
Introduce Essay #1S Essay #1 The Character AnalysisS Write a 3-4-page character analysis essay. You will be graded on your rough draft, revision, and final copy of this essay.S To analyze a character, you must find out what makes him or her “tick” by looking at social, behavioral, physical, and mental or emotional traits. You also must examine how the author presents those traits through actions, words, thoughts, looks, and reactions. Select a character and write an essay answering one of the following questions about him or her. Feel free to use the character for which you are the analytical authority. You are not, however, limited by this for your character analysis essay.
S TOPIC 1: Not all supporting characters play an integral role in a story; however, sometimes a minor character is so important to the novel that the theme, plot, protagonist, or antagonist would be greatly changed if that character did not exist. From A Game of Thrones, analyze a minor character that plays a significant role. Write a well- developed essay in which you analyze the character and explain why he or she is a significant character in the work. Be sure to use specific examples and quotations to support your claims.
TOPIC 2: A dynamic character is one whochanges or grows emotionally or psychologicallyfrom the beginning of the novel until end. Manynovels have multiple dynamic characters. Chooseone character from A Game of Thrones and write awell-developed essay in which you prove that heor she is a dynamic character. Be sure to usespecific examples and quotations to support yourclaims.
TOPIC 3: Often a character reflects the culture ofthe country in which he lives, that is, he or sheexemplifies the skills, arts, values, beliefs, andideals that of a certain people or country. From AGame of Thrones, choose a character that embodiesthe culture of the people he or she represents. In awell-developed essay, define the culture of onecharacter and show how that character illustratesthat culture.
TOPIC 4: Analyze a character that reveals his or herpersonality, ethics, morals, and nature through thechallenges he or she faces. Think about the differenttypes of conflict that exist. Conflict can be external,such as person versus person, person versus nature, orperson versus society. Conflict can also be internal,for example, person versus self. How does yourchosen character experience conflict during thenovel? Keep in mind how conflict causes a characterto change throughout the course of the story.
TOPIC 5: Aristotles ideas about tragedy wererecorded in his book of literary theory titledPoetics. In it, he has a great deal to say about thestructure, purpose, and intended effect oftragedy. His ideas have been adopted, disputed,expanded, and discussed for several centuriesnow. In a well-written essay, analyze a characterfrom Game of Thrones, arguing for or against hisor her status as a “tragic hero.”
One Step at a TimeS Let’s just start by describing our characters. One rhetorical strategy we can use to do this is analogy.S An analogy is reasoning or explaining from parallel cases. In other words, an analogy is a comparison between two different things in order to highlight some point of similarity.
S Despite similarities, an analogy is not the same as a metaphor. According to The Elements of Figurative Language (Longman, 2002), the analogy "is a figure of language that expresses a set of like relationships among two sets of terms. In essence, the analogy does not claim total identification, which is the property of the metaphor. It claims a similarity of relationships."
An analogy is not quite the same as comparison andcontrast either, although both are methods of explanationthat set things side by side. You might show, in writing a comparison and contrast, how San Francisco is quite unlike Boston in history, climate, and predominant life-styles, but like it in being a seaport and a city proud of its own (and neighboring) colleges. That isnt the way an analogy works. In an analogy you yoke together two unlike things (eye and camera, the task of navigating a spacecraft and the task of sinking a putt), and all you care about is their major similarities. (The Bedford Reader: Bedford/St. Martins, 2008)
Examples of AnalogiesS Pupils are more like oysters than sausages. The job of teaching is not to stuff them and then seal them up, but to help them open and reveal the riches within. There are pearls in each of us, if only we knew how to cultivate them with ardor and persistence. (Sydney J. Harris, "What True Education Should Do," 1964)S "They crowded very close about him, with their hands always on him in a careful, caressing grip, as though all the while feeling him to make sure he was there. It was like men handling a fish which is still alive and may jump back into the water." - George Orwell, A HangingS "Withdrawal of U.S. troops will become like salted peanuts to the American public; the more U.S. troops come home, the more will be demanded." - Henry Kissinger in a Memo to President Richard Nixon
Examples of Short AnalogiesThe captain is to his ship as the leader is to his tribeA fish is to swimming as a bird is to flyingWhat death is to life, blindness is to visionWhat sweets are to a diabetic, water is to fireWhat gold is to a goldsmith, iron is to a blacksmithWhat cold is to ice, heat is to fire
In-class writing:S Write three or four analogies you might use to describe or explain your character. For example, you can compare your character to a machine, a plant, another character or person, or a season. The possibilities are endless.
HomeworkS Read A Game of Thrones through 400S Post #6 In-class writing: analogyS Post #7 Describe your character; include page numbers •What does your character look like? Include, for example, hair, eyes, height, weight, build, or other physical characteristics. • Now choose one aspect of the character’s appearance, a detail (bitten nails, frizzy hair, a scar) and elaborate on it. • Write a short scene in which your character is looking in the mirror or write a short scene in which another character first sees your character.