Modern Literature

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1. In this Forum, please answer the following question. Your answer to the following questions should be between 250-350 words. James Baldwin’s Go Tell It on the Mountain chronicles the experiences of its young narrator, John Grimes, in Harlem in 1935.

Question: Examine John’s relationship with the following people, and describe his relationships to them:

A) Elisha.
B) Gabriel.
C) Elizabeth.

2. In this Forum, please answer the following question. Your answer to the following questions should be between 250-350 words.

Question:

Identify what you see as the main themes of the story. How does Baldwin use character and setting to express these themes? Also, how would you describe Baldwin’s writing style? What kind of vocabulary does he use? Does he use any specific writing techniques? What meaning does Baldwin’s style give to his story?

3. In this Forum, please answer the following question. Your answer to the following questions should be between 300-400 words (per question).

Question:

GTIOTM is a study in the lack of empathy in a given community. That begs the question, what indeed is empathy? How does it manifest? What does it involve? How can we demonstrate it. For this question, please watch the following video, which is a therapy session from Carl Rogers, a famous psychotherapist whose work was dedicated to exploring empathy, and his school of thought is called Humanism. Watch this video (~45 minutes).

After viewing the video, discuss Rogers’ approach to empathy. What does he do, and say, to convey it? What are his techniques? What does being motivated to empathize involve?

4. In this Forum, please answer the following question. Your answer to the following question should be between 350-400 words (per question).

Question:

Look at the structure of the book.

A) Discuss elements of the narrative structure; Exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story’s structure express the book’s ideas?
B) Away from the main characters examine the way Baldwin uses the other people in the story to express his point of view.

5. In this Forum, please answer the following questions. Your answer to the following questions should be around 300 words.

Question:

In Wise Blood, The role that religion plays in the lives of the characters in this novel is integral to its plot and theme. Pick two of the novel’s characters and compare and contrast:
A) Their religious beliefs
B) How their beliefs develop
C) How they chose to demonstrate their beliefs.

6. In this Forum, please answer the following questions. Your answer to the following questions should be around 350-400 words.

Question

In Wise Blood, a few minor characters have a major impact on the story line. Consider Asa Hawks, and Sabbath Lily Hawks and then discuss:

1) The personality (character traits) of this character.
2) The relationship between this minor character and the major characters in the story.
3) The impact of this character on the story line: How does s/he influence the overall story line? How would the story be different if this character was removed?

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