Friendship Notes 4/14
PRO ESSAY TIPS: Keep focus on the thesis! Don’t just say, explain! Type super duper fast! Have a catchy title and maybe put it in Latin or Greek, Stewart loves crap like that (just make sure to translate it to English somewhere). Have fun! Don’t take yourself too seriously!
- Title: Can’t buy me love
- For THIS essay only you can use “I” and bring in your own experiences, but don’t just state an opinion
- analyze the denouement, why does Traven make it short?
- Character: What changes analysis. How is character a positive or negative ex. of theme?
- Frenchman: negative example, acted rashly
- Plot: Use sub-devices by name and in order. What happens is the theme in particular--abstract from particular to general theme
- POV: 3rd person omniscient (reliability, 2-way street, to explain instinct vs nature). How does POV help convey theme?
- Symbolism: How does connotation of symbols convey the theme?
- Other devices: Foreshadowing, imagery, personification, refrain, suspense, overstatement, understatement, repetition. How does Traven use these devices to convey theme?
- Diction: How does Traven use words/phrases to convey theme?
- Mood/Tone: How does Traven use mood/tone to convey theme?
- Does the dog forgive the man?
No: he never comes back for good
Yes: dog licks the man’s hand. Comes back twice. He loves and forgives the man but doesn’t trust him.
What is forgiveness???????????
- Does the dog ever forgive the Frenchman?
- Yes: “Licks for a whole minute” (182), the dog comes back twice, but then why does the dog leave?
- No: the dog is a foil to Bertha
- Protagonist: Frenchman and dog
- External conflict question: Can they become and stay friends?
- Antagonist: Id/Human nature
- Rising complications: Frenchman is busy and never gets that the dog is not there for food, “hungry street dog” (172), “just another street dog (173), the dog has experienced “perhaps hundreds of times” (177) people not getting it, “only then and not before” (175), he eats food after the man pets him- foreshadowing
- Internal conflict question:
- Frenchman: Can he control his rashness, anger and id?
- Dog: Can he trust the man?
- Climax (internal conflict resolution for the man): Frenchman cannot control his rashness, human nature, anger, id, when he throws roll “with all his force” (177)
- Climax (internal conflict resolution for dog-in 3 passages): Dog loses trust in man, “the sadness” (177-178), “his lost friend” (182), etc.
- External conflict resolution: “walked from the doorway and left” (182), “looked up into the man’s eyes”, “without picking up the meaty bone or even sniffing at it”: underscores the emphasis in the denouement
- Denouement: possible conclusion paragraph. Finality, repetition, overstatement
- Dog: us
- Frenchman: us
- Food: material
- Not Entering/Threshold: lack of trust
- Roll: human nature
- Licks the mans hand for a whole minute (182): the man had just caressed the dog, the dog was coming for the love and affection the entire time
- Time: 3:30 dog is showing up consistently, shows dog is not ordinary
- Bertha (waitress): foil to the dog because Frenchman takes out anger on her. She forgives man, “I am really grateful” (179). She takes out her anger on customers immediately after! We all have id, value material.
- Dog coming back twice
- Dog’s grin
- Patron: foil to the dog, ordinary, is taken in by the material: “elegant service”
- Man who gets steak stolen: taken in by material, demands new steak
- Telephone: “telephone engineers (....) calculated almost perfectly” (176), no one is perfect, “things like this happen every time” (179), can calculate it perfectly because we almost all have the same human nature, phones built for people to slam them! Huuuuman naaaature is aaaangry! We know this! Everyone knows it! So why don’t we change our nature????? Whyyyyyy?
- “Things like this happen every day everywhere etc” (179), proves that everyone has this human nature, but “ALMOST perfectly” because some people can control it better than others. It’s how we deal with this acquired human nature (can’t control instinct, can control nature) that matters. We must self-surpass by gnothi seaton.
- “generously he forgave dog (...) accept their canine nature etc” (180-181). Can we change our human nature? Must use self-knowledge of our id to better ourselves.
- Passages that are the heart of the theme:
- “calculated almost perfectly”
- “dog wagged its tail but then stopped abruptly”
- “generously he forgave the dog [...] must except dogs as they are made” (180-181): we can’t change the nature of the dog but we can change our nature
- We always hurt the ones we love because they will forgive us and they are the easiest target since they are always there