"Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell
We talked about people's questions and observations as follows:
- Yes, Orwell and Eric Blair were the same person. :-)
- Yes, even though he was born in India, he was still a British citizen.
- British imperialism--a lot of us didn't understand their power and reach as a colonial power prior to WWII.
- Orwell's style is blunt, honest, straightforward.
- Orwell didn't want to kill the elephant--we talked about the reasons he ended up killing it anyway.
- We talked about South Africa--people were making some connections between the British rule in Burma (and India), and South Africa under apartheid, so we talked a bit about what it is to colonize a country, and rule it as a minority party.
We got into our philosophy groups to discuss the metaphor questions over "Elephant" (p. 46, #11-15) and to complete the connotation/denotation sheet on page 47.
- We talked, again, about what the writers are saying about death, dying, life suffering, and grief. People suggested ideas for the three prose pieces we've most recently read.
Random Acts of Racism
- Yesterday (as a result of some discussion we had regarding the language in "A Rose for Emily") I asked people to be on the look-out for -isms of any kind. Today a couple of people shared things that they had witnessed in the last twenty-four hours (racism, sexism).
- This lead to a significant discussion of particularly loaded words--slurs--which we'll continue tomorrow and Friday, I'm sure.
- Read Jack London's "To Build a Fire" on pages 48-87. You'll take a quiz over it tomorrow.
- Work on your villanelle--it is due on FRIDAY (one-day extension).
- There were no major announcements or discussions.
- People got right down to reading or working on their book reports, or both.
- Lauren finished most of the typing during first block. She has also done a lot of the formatting for pieces voted in thus far.
- In fourth block, we read and selected quite a few pieces.
- Art met to look through more submissions.
- Layout met to consider paper color.
- Publicity met to create an art thank-you letter for distribution next week.
- WE GOT THE T-SHIRTS! WEAR YOUR T-SHIRTS TOMORROW! :-)