Tuesday, February 14, 2017

European Literature Notes 2/14/17

Happy Valentines Day!

Important notes/homework in red
Student commentary in blue
Notes in black
Any quotations, unless otherwise noted, are Stewart's
Vocabulary in green
Stewart recommends in purple

Read Chapter 2 of Damien, "Cain and Abel" as well

Thomas Mann thought there were four parts to the self: the persona that everyone and the self knows, the part that the self knows, the part that everyone else knows, and the part that no one knows.
"Knowing oneself is knowing the part that no one knows" 
How are we supposed to throw off societal expectations if our psychological well-being depends upon our sense of acceptance by others as postulated by Maslow? Are we supposed to have a continually broken psyche so that we can be individuals?
The main character's name is Emil Sinclair, the pseudonym for Herman Hesse
Emil Sinclair and Jane Eyre are both ten at the beginning of the novel
Is that significant?
Damien is a detached autobiography and a bildungsroman
An epigraph is a short inscription or a passage that hints at deeper meaning. In many cases, this is at the beginning of a book
John Dos Pasos was a member of the Lost Generation who was one of the first to use epigraphs and short quotations at the beginning of chapters. Orson Scott Card did the same in Speaker for the Dead (Highly recommended)
An epitaph is something written on a gravestone 
An epigram is often a "witty" heroic couplet 
Crushed Beneath the Wheel by Herman Hesse
Hesse wanted to be honest in his writing
The controlling image of Damien is the egg.
A controlling image is a literary device where an image is repeated throughout a novel
Emil wanted the Prodigal to remain the Prodigal
He wanted to be accepted by Franz and his friends
The "two realms" are the Apollonian and Dionysian 
Starts in the light of the known world and then goes in to the darkness of the unknown world
The external antagonist is the herd
The internal antagonist is fear

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