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Engl 212 Study Guide: Weeks 7 & 8

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Engl 212 Study Guide: Weeks 7 & 8 Engl 212

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This study guide covers the readings on the reading list for weeks 7 & 8. Study Guides for this class are considered to be passage IDs (excerpts from the stories) that best identify key points/main...
Introduction to American Literature
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1 English 212 Study Guide: Weeks 7 & 8 Week Seven ­Theodore Dreiser: Sister Carrie 1. When a girl leaves her home at eighteen, she does one of two things. Either she falls  into saving hands and becomes better, or she rapidly assumes the cosmopolitan standard  of virtue and becomes worse. 2. It must not be thought that anyone could have mistaken her for a nervous, sensitive,  high­strung nature, cast unduly upon a cold, calculating and unpoetic world. Such  certainly was not. ­Stephen Crane: “The Open Boat” 1. The billows that came at this time were more formidable. They seemed always just  about to break and roll over the little boat in a turmoil of foam. 2. “If I am going to be drowned – if I am going to be drowned – if I am going to be  drowned, why, in the name of the seven mad gods who rule the sea, was I allowed to  come thus far and contemplate sand and trees?” ­Jack London: “To Build a Fire” 1. He knew that at fifty below spittle crackled on the snow, but this spittle had crackled in the air. Undoubtedly it was colder than fifty below – how much colder he did not know. 2. A certain fear of death, dull and oppressive, came to him. This fear quickly became  poignant as he realized that it was no longer a mere matter of freezing his fingers and  toes, or of losing his hands and feet, but that it was a matter of lie and death with the  chances against him. ­Abraham Cahan: “A Sweat­Shop Romance” 1. While this was in progress, his languid hazel eyes were fixed on the finisher girl. She  instinctively became conscious of his gaze, and raised her head from the needle. Her  fresh buxom face, flushed with the heat of the room and with exertion, shone full upon  the young baster. Their eyes met. 2 2. She imagined love to be a much sweeter thing. She had thought that a girl in love  admired everything in the object of her affections, and was blind to all his faults. She had  heard that love was something like a perpetual blissful fluttering of the heart. ­Paul Laurence Dunbar: “We Wear the Mask” 1. We wear the mask that grins and lies. / It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes, ­ / This debt we pay to human guile; / With torn and bleeding hearts we smile, / And mouth with  myriad subtleties. 2. We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries/ To thee from tortured souls arise. / We sing,  but oh the clay is vile/ Beneath our feet, and long the mile; / But let the world dream  otherwise, / We wear the mask! Week Eight ­Robert Frost: “Birches” 1. You may see their trunks arching in the woods/ Years afterwards, trailing their leaves  on the ground. 2. I’d like to get away from earth awhile/ And then come back to it and begin over. ­Wallace Stevens: “The Idea of Order at Key West” 1. The song and water were not medleyed sound/ Even if what she sang was what she  heard, / Since what she sang was uttered word by word. 2. For she was the maker of the song she sang. / The ever­hooded, tragic­gestured sea/  was merely a place by which she walked to sing. ­T.S. Eliot: “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” 1. In the room the women come and go/ talking of Michelangelo 2. I grow old…I grow old…I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled. ­Sherwood Anderson: Winesburg, Ohio 1. Wing Biddlebaum, forever frightened and beset by a ghostly band of doubts, did not  think of himself as in any way a part of the life of the town where he had lived for twenty years. 3 2. Once she startled the town by putting on men’s clothes and riding a bicycle down Main Street. ­Ernest Hemingway: “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” 1. So now it was all over, he thought. So now he would never have a chance to finish it.  So this was the way it ended in a bickering over a drink. Since the gangrene started in his  right leg he had no pain and with the pain the horror had gone and all he felt now was a  great tiredness and anger that this was the end of it. 2. The boys had picked up the cot and carried it around the green tents and down along  the rock and out onto the plain and along past the smudges that were burning brightly  now, and the grass all consumed, and the wind fanning the fire, to the little plane. ­William Faulkner: “A Rose for Emily” 1. She was sick for a long time. When we saw her again, her hair was cut short, making  her look like a girl, with a vague resemblance to those angels in colored church windows  – sort of tragic and serene.  2. Then we noticed that in the second pillow was the indentation of a head. One of us  lifted something from it, and leaning forward, that faint and invisible dust dry and acrid  in the nostrils, we saw a long strand of iron­gray hair. ­Richard Wright: “The Man Who Was Almost a Man” 1. Her left side was red and wet with blood. He went closer. Lawd, have mercy! Wondah  did Ah shoot this mule? He grabbed for Jenny’s mane. She flinched, snorted, whirled,  tossing her head. 2. The moon was bright. He ran almost all the way to the edge of the woods. He stumbled over the ground, looking for the spot where he had buried the gun. Yeah, here it is. Like a hungry dog scratching for a bone, he pawed it up. He puffed his black cheeks and blew  dirt from the trigger and barrel. ­Langston Hughes: “Theme for English B” 4 1. Go home and write a page tonight. And let that page come out of you – then, it will be  true. 2. It’s not easy to know what is true for you or me at twenty­two, my age. But I guess I’m what I feel and see and hear, Harlem, I hear you. ­Eudora Welty: “Petrified Man” 1. “I caught him! I caught him!” giggled Mrs. Fletcher. “I’ll hold him on my lap. You  bad, bad boy, you! I guess I better learn how to spank little old bad boys,” she said. 2. From everywhere ladies began to gather round to watch the paddling. Billy Boy kicked both Leota and Mrs. Fletcher as hard as he could, Mrs. Fletcher with her new fixed smile. ­Flannery O’ Connor: “Good Country People” 1. During the night she had imagined that she seduced him. She imagined that the two of  them walked on the place until they came to the storage barn beyond the two back fields  and there, she imagined, that things came to such a pass that she very easily seduced him  and that then, of course, she had to reckon with his remorse. 2. She had never been kissed before and she was pleased to discover that it was an  unexceptional experience and all a matter of the mind’s control. Some people might  enjoy drain water if they were told it was vodka. ­Raymond Carver: “Cathedral” 1. The men who began their life’s work on them, they never lived to see the completion  of their work. In that wise, bub, they’re no different from the rest of us, right 2. How could I even begin to describe it? But say my life depended on it. Say my life was being threatened by an insane guy who said I had to do it or else. ­Robert Lowell: “Mr. Edwards and the Spider” 1. What are we in the hands of the great God? / It was in vain you set up thorn and briar/  In battle array against the fire… 2. How long would it seem burning! Let there pass/ A minute, ten, ten trillion; but the  blaze/ Is infinite, eternal: this is death…


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