Read: Jane Eyre chapters 23-27
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English 9 Honors:
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Thursday, April 21, 2016
Eyes Notes 4/21
HW: Look over editing symbols sheet. Work on sentence fluency, variety, transitions. Practice writing essay in 60 minutes. DON’T JUST SAY. Have thesis and topic sentences written on back of story.
CHALLENGE: Find “the word” ;)
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Title: A Man Who Had No Eyes
-both have same circumstances, one has surpassed, one has not.
- Conclusion possibilities:
- Feelings (POV shift)
- Comparison to other work
- Big picture thinking: Paradox of freedom v.s. predetermination, freedom v.s. “happiness”
- even though they could not control the fire, they had the freedom to not pity themselves
- M went for “happiness” rather than the responsibility
- CHARACTER (limit and embed quotations and explain explain explain!)
- M stays in rut for 14 years. Can’t move past pity. Hasn’t learned from accident and sells lighters (which could have started factory fire).
- P moves past pity because he doesn’t see himself as blind or handicapped. Not only successful, but admired, he has learned from accident and helps others by selling insurance.
- 3rd person omniscient, Cantor uses it to convey theme. If from P or M’s point of view, couldn’t have imagery, suspense, foreshadowing.
- Two possible ways to analyze POV:
1. POV keeps us blind until last 3 words of story. What changes analysis to make us feel the theme, teaching us not pity or have self-pity. “foolish” and “sudden”.
2. How Cantor makes us feel (analysis of denouement) “So am I.” Throughout story we can’t tell P is blind and don’t pity him because he doesn’t pity himself.
- JUXTAPOSITION: contrasting with symmetry
- M would have been “took care of” if he had insurance. P sells insurance to help others.
- M says “a man who was in it don’t forget.” P has forgotten chemical explosion.
- Other contrasts to highlight differences between the way characters dealt with their circumstances.
- Setting: on the street so people hear and pity M. 14 years after accident to show consequences of self pity after time.
- External conflict question: Can they overcome their blindness/move on from the past? Can they overcome their physical handicap/disability? P=yes, M=no
- External conflict antagonist: blindness
- Internal conflict question: Can they overcome self-pity? Can they overcome their psychological barriers? P=yes, M=no
- Rising complications: M=not moving on pays off. Ironically P even gives him a dollar.
- Climax: before story
- External conflict resolution: P= “So am I”. M= “you got away but I’m blind,” “a man who was in it don’t forget,” “with an insane sort of pride”
- Internal conflict resolution: P= “Ah yes the chemical explosion.”
- Internal conflict resolution: M= “Help a poor guy out”
- Kantor conveys the theme by having the two protagonist have the same external conflict question but different resolutions.
- “foolish” P knows he shouldn’t pity himself
- “with an insane sort of pride.” Insane: unable to move past pity
- “maybe he was nuts.” M actually pulled P back, so M realizing he is crazy for holding onto pity.
- “bitter and studied drama of a story often told”. He’s been telling story for 14 years for money and pity.
- “and told for money”. M hasn’t moved on because his self-pity is paid for
- M: beggar, says “I ain’t no beggar”
- P sells insurance, helps other people by helping himself
- P doesn’t see himself as blind
- P giving M money is helping him stay in the past
- M pulls P down but ends up being blind as well
- Blindness: denotative sight (physical blindness) is different than connotative sight (psychological blindness)
- Lighters: cause fire, handicap
- Insurance: protects against fire, aid
- Canes: M has “traditional battered cane”, P has “walking stick.”
- “battered cane”: handicap
- “walking stick”: aid
- “battered cane” helps draw attention to M’s blindness
- What the protagonists are wearing
- DIALOGUE: M has bad grammar
- SUSPENSE: don’t know P is blind until end
- FORESHADOWING: 1st 2 paragraphs.
- IMAGERY: 1st 2 paragraphs
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Eyes Notes 04/20
- Conclusion idea: There is a difference between compassion and pity, we think we are helping them with pity
- Rising action complication:
- “sudden and foolish sort of pity for all blind creatures”
- POV PARAGRAPH: can combine with character
- What changes: Our view of the characters
- What makes it change: We find out M was lying when Parsons says “It was the other way around”, “Not quite”
- Third person omniscient narrator, who is reliable, calls M a “beggar”, but M says “I ain’t no beggar” (double negative
- Kantor contrasts M and Parsons throughout the entire story
- M sells cigarette lighters, Parsons sells insurance
- Cigarettes harm people, insurance helps people
- “One buck, best cigarette lighter made”: false
- The explosion was caused by a fire, possibly due to a cigarette.. maybe it was M’s fault
- M does not have elegant language, while Parsons speaks perfectly
- M is held back by his self-pity “I would have been well took care of” and M depends on other people “studied drama”
- Parsons has moved on from the past when he says “Ah, Westbury!” and “sudden and foolish sort of pity for all blind creatures”, he does not even see himself as blind and he is not referring to himself, Parsons is “unaided”
- PLOT PARAGRAPH:
- Protagonists: Parsons and M
- External Conflict Question: Can they get over the accident despite their handicaps?
- Internal Conflict Question: Can they overcome their self-pity and depending on the pity of others?
- External Conflict Resolution for Parsons : “Ah Westbury!”
- External Conflict Resolution for M:
- Internal Conflict Resolution for Parsons: “So am I”, “A Man Who Had No Eyes” only one connotatively blind man in the story, Parsons has gotten over the accident and self-pity
- Internal Conflict Resolution for M: “You wouldn’t mind helping a poor guy out”
- Setting: on the street so we can see that M is relying on the self-pity of others “people on the street stare at him”, 14 years after the accident to show the difference of why Parsons is successful and M is not
- Exposition: the imagery (weather)
- Rising action complication: other people pity M
Eyes Notes 4/19
- feeeeeelings: sorry for P because he got dragged down without deserving it, angry at M for lying and self-victimizing, we felt pity for M before we knew P was also blind
- contrasting attitudes even though they have the same handicap
- M: pities himself and purposely makes others pity him
- P: moved on
- shocked because Parsons is blind
- 3rd person omniscient: reliable and all-knowing, both characters are blind but we are still given descriptions (color of the suits, etc)
- We go into Parson’s mind
- “the air was rich with spring”
- M: self fulfilling prophecy. Pulls other person down but still ends up being blind. “Maybe so but I’m blind” (3). Irony that he and P both end up blind even though M tried to pull P down (craaaaab-bucket)
- Should we feel sorry for Parsons or not?
- Yes: he’s blind, he got pulled down by M
- No: he improved his life, is “respected, admired.” Pity doesn’t get you anywhere (as M displays).
- Both men given equal opportunities, both react differently. P being successful shows that pity on M is undeserved. P strives for excellence. M settles and lets blindness define him
- M doesn’t have remorse for what he’s done. M thought P died (“By heaven, I thought you....”) and is exploiting P’s story for his own material gain.
- Excessive pity is bad.
- What is the fundamental difference between M and P?
- After the accident P moves past self-pity, M wallows in it for 14 years
- We know M wallows and pities himself since he “often told and told for money”, “Can you help a poor guy out?”, “studied”
- P feels “sudden and foolish sort of pity for all blind creatures.” P himself is blind, but does not relate to M, since he is “glad to be alive.” Pity is a natural response to seeing disabled, even when P knows pity is unhelpful
- P is optimistic, enjoys life, positive memories of when he had sight. P does not remember bad times, takes him a moment to even remember Westbury (“Ah Westbury!”), he does not dwell on past misfortunes like M who responds “A man who was in it doesn’t forget about it”
- Living in the moment “they’ve all forgot about it” > living in the past/self pity
- Title is singular and past tense. A man who HAD no eyes.
- M has no eyes, lost sight of goals, future. But P had no eyes because he overcame his blindness unaided, P doesn’t see himself as blind. IRONY because they’re both blind.
- “Have you lost your sight entirely?” = “have you given up/stopped trying.” M has entirely lost his sight, but P has lost his vision without losing his life, optimism. Blindness is a symbol. Can lose eyes without being “blind.”
P still “sees” blue sky, spring, etc. M’s pity blinds him of morality, hope, pride.
What changes? We felt pity for M initially, and by the end we did not. (Our perception changes, not the characters. Therefore this is a POV analysis!!!!)
What makes it change? We discover M is a liar, P is blind too. Reliable 3rd person omniscient POV. Uses imagery to describe both characters.
In what way does it change? We don’t learn P is blind until last few words. Cantor uses POV to change our perception and keep us “blind” to the foreshadowing until the last words of story “SO AM I.”
Why does Kantor have it change that way? We felt “sudden foolish pity for all blind creatures” and then realized P moved on from past by not having self-pity.
POSSIBLE THEME STATEMENTS:
Don’t pity yourself and don’t pity others.
When life gives you snails, make escargot.
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade (hopefully life will also give you sugar and water and cups because otherwise your lemonade is just you sitting in an alleyway sucking on lemons and trying not to cry).
When life bites you with a radioactive spider, make a kick-ass costume, beat up bad guys, and make billions on your movie franchise.
When life gives you lemons, move past the lemons and don’t let them define you as a person.
When life give you vegetables, make a green smoothie. Then throw it away. That’s disgusting.
STAR FIVE: When life gives you bullshit, use it to fertilize your fields.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Monday, April 18, 2016
Eyes Notes 4/18
- How did we feel at the end of the story? Why did it make us feel that way?
- Betrayed, vindicated, surprised, satisfied
- How does Cantor make us feel that way?
- Leads us to pity M then shows us that P has the same disability. M pulled P back, they are both blind, but P made something of his life and M did not. M got what he deserved for pulling P back. P overcame his disability, is not defined by it.
- Third person omniscient narrator: reliable
- Theme: How you deal with what you’re dealt. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
- Predetermination v.s. free-will (both fated to be blind, but have free will to choose how to react)
- M=victim, exploiting his disability for money, blames others.
- P=successful, admired, doesn’t allow blindness to define him