I am proud of you for analyzing Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" so well yesterday. You determined that she was addressing the issue of keeping dangerous traditions instead of initiating change of bad policy. As a class, we discussed the difference between TOPIC and THEME:
TOPIC: usually one word or phrase, general idea with little to no expansion on it
THEME: Usually consists of what the readers learn about the topic. When I contemplate THEME, I begin by making a short list of main topics, then discuss EXACTLY what I think the author wanted us to know about that topic. THEMES are best explained in complete and detailed sentences.
TODAY we discussed Jackson's PERSPECTIVE. She wanted the audience to think that all was well in the town until she told them the truth. Then the audience's PERSPECTIVE changed. In fact, from YOUR perspective, you told me that you already had a hint that the lottery was a terrible tradition because of The Hunger Games.
Continuing to focus on perspective, we analyzed Bob Dylan's song, "Boots of Spanish Leather" and found that the IDEA of losing someone special is enhanced because the song is a dialogue between the singer and the woman he is losing.
At first, the singer refuses to accept a gift from his lover, who is leaving. He thinks she will return to him, so he simply asks that she come back safe and untouched. The singer's PERSPECTIVE changes when he realizes she is not coming back to him. At the end, he has decided to request a tangible gift from his ex-lover, something with which to remember her.
Tomorrow, we will continue to talk about the IDEAS in works of literature using a different poem, "The Red Wheelbarrow".
See you then,