Use this blog to reflect on the reading you did this week (pgs. 102-192). What is your emotional response to the events that happen in the middle section of the book? What situations that the characters found themselves in were important? What are your predictions of how the book might end?
Use at least three of your vocabulary words authentically in your response. Put your vocabulary words in bold face so that I can easily identify them.
How does McCarthy's language help the reader to determine the tone of the novel? Write a blog response on your website that answers this question. You must use the words from your vocabulary assignment in your response. Put your vocabulary words in boldface so I can easily identify them. Your response should be thorough and should use specific examples from the book.
Cormac McCarthy (born Charles McCarthy; July 20, 1933) is an American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He has written ten novels, spanning the Southern Gothic, Western, and post-apocalyptic genres. He won the Pulitzer Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction for The Road (2006). His 2005 novel No Country for Old Men was adapted as a 2007film of the same name, which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. For All the Pretty Horses (1992), he won both the U.S. National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award. All the Pretty Horses, The Road, and Child of God have also been adapted as motion pictures.
Blood Meridian (1985) was among Time magazine's list of 100 best English-language books published between 1923 and 2005and placed joint runner-up in a poll taken in 2006 by The New York Times of the best American fiction published in the last 25 years. Literary critic Harold Bloom named him as one of the four major American novelists of his time, alongside Don DeLillo,Thomas Pynchon and Philip Roth, and called Blood Meridian "the greatest single book since Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying". In 2010, The Times ranked The Road first on its list of the 100 best fiction and non-fiction books of the past 10 years. McCarthy has been increasingly mentioned as a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
- From Wikipedia.org (GASP!!)
Now that you have finished reading what sections of The Odyssey we will be looking at in class, consider why this work has survived in high schools for so long. Why might this work be considered such an important piece of literature? You might also consider some of the dilemmas that this narrative evokes. For example, how are gender roles displayed in this story? How are problems solved? Since the ancient Greeks seemed to have been such a revenge-oriented culture, does Odysseus do anything that he should be punished for but isn't?
When Odysseus passes the sirens, he knows he will have to tie himself up and plug his crew members' ears to avoid their ships being steered into the rocks. This episode of the program Radiolab discusses Ulysses pacts, or situations where we might find ourselves in similar situations.