Alexander Rassael Ms. Heninger English, B block 9/13/16 SOCRATIC SEMINAR QUESTIONS 1) In The Book Thief, Zusak presents Death as a character with thoughts and emotions. How would you describe Death, as he appears in this novel? What concerns him or brings him joy? What do you see as his defining characteristics? Cite key moments from the novel.
Literature continuously evolves over time; may it be with a new genre or a new style of writing. Truman Capote pioneered in the field of nonfiction novel, a genre he invented with his work In Cold Blood. In this book, Capote intertwines facts and real events with elements of nonfiction to cover the 1959 murders of four members of the Clutter family in the small community of Holcomb, Kansas City. Although it is important to keep the book as accurate as possible, it is inevitable for the author to change some details in order to keep the book engaging throughout the novel. Capote’s work faces controversy as it deviates from the truth with his modification and rearrangement of events, and his obvious bias towards Perry Smith, one of the killers
Are you really a slave if you sign up freely? In James Patterson 's detective novel Cross the Line, this question and many others are raised about human nature as well as intrapersonal conflicts in the characters. This question is one of a few in the book that is still a topic of debate to this day; as well as it helps get the reader thinking about their response to the situation. The more shocking conflicts deal with what the main villain is thinking and his motive for orchestrating the whole plot as well as the conflict that the question at the start relates to. Through these conflicts and many more faced by the main character, Patterson uses them to develop Alex Cross as a character, to add complexity to the plot and also to get the reader
Sure, the novel is packed with violence and murder. But other than that? Well, In Cold Blood is like the love child of CSI and your Philosophy 101 textbook. It forces us to wonder, who is safe? Whom can you trust?
Patriarchy and murder, Susan Glaspell presents and balances these two ideas throughout her play Trifles. The play opens with a scene of “incompleteness”, presented through the vivid description of unfinished house work. However, this seemingly innocent scene quickly evolves into a crime scene following the entrance the Sheriff and County Attorney. The two characters begin to listen to Mr. Hale’s account of his visit to the Wright home, the crime scene. As Mr. Hale details his visit, the readers learn about Mr. Wright’s murder and more importantly Mrs. Wright’s odd and evidently suspicious behavior.
Edgar Allan Poe is most famous for the gothic themes he presents in his writings, this was no exception for Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”. Several important ideas are brought up about the story’s central theme of revenge. These ideas can be broken down into 3 parts: the incentive, the extent, and the reaction of the person partaking in revenge. It is essential to consider these ideas while reading Poe’s story, in order to comprehend his views on revenge. It also provides the reader the ability to question their own views on revenge as well as compare it with Poe’s.
Compare/contrast essay Tell tale heart and Lamb to the Slaughter are two very interesting short stories. At a glance it may seem like they are generally the same story. I mean, they both are murder mysteries, both characters are trying to cover up their murders, and other small things like that. If you actually analyze the two, you 'll find that their are actually many differences! Let 's take a look at a few of them right now.
Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death” is but another one of his great works full of terror and mystery. The narrator sets the scenes by detailed descriptions of the characters surroundings bringing the reader into the story. But are they just descriptions or do they hold a deeper meaning? Poe shows how the imagination can bring the mind to look for more, for unanswered questions. I aim to identify what and why Poe chooses the room’s color and their location.
Detective fiction is one of the most popular forms of fiction in America. In his article, “American Detective Fiction,” Robin W. Winks addresses the fact that in spite of this popularity, the genre has received little critical attention that studies the work for itself. He explains the two types of errors that critics have made when looking at detective fiction: the high road, where critics claim classic works were detective fiction all along, and the low road, where critics poorly execute their analysis and simply give detailed plot summaries. Winks then goes on to describe how American detective fiction has something to offer because it reflects how the society of the time sees itself. This article is mostly effective in proving its claims
In Discipline and Punish, Michel Foucault, one of the most influential ideological critic of crime fiction, observed that with the dissemination of the investigative process that ended punishments in the form of public spectacle involving torture and execution, led to the creation of a judicial ideology characterised by constant surveillance. Foucault’s pioneering study of the shift in 18th and 19th century law enforcement methods, from public executions to targeted surveillance, provided a specific historical logic for applying concepts like hegemony and interpellation, with clear implications of covert cultural control over human behavior and thought, to the materials of detective fiction. The point of view very commonly adopted by nineteenth century novelists, that is, objective, all knowing and third person, embodies Michel Foucault’s belief that middle class society is obsessed with exercising social control through modes of