One of the things we are going to start to notice while reading A Separate Peace is the interesting dynamic in the relationship between Gene and Finny. As we're about to read, Finny decides he's going to rock a pink Polo to afternoon tea. While any other boy at the Devon School would've been beat up for such a fashion statement, Finny will of course get away with it and Gene is of course irked by it. How come Finny can pull off anything he wants? Gene thinks that it just isn't fair. Is this kind of jealousy normal between friends?
Towards the end of Chapter 2, something pretty intense is going to happen as and Chapter 3 opens, Gene is going to reflect upon what happened. Do you think he is grateful? Seeing how Gene is jealous of Finny, and he could very well be upset that Finny has done something good that could've potentially put Gene in the weaker position. (Remember, they seem to subconsciously fighting for top dog.) I wonder if there will ever be a balance between these two.
Continue to investigate the chapters for evidence. Are these two truly friends?
We're kicking off a new unit; John Knowles' classic, A Separate Peace. It is the story of Gene Forrester, a man of about 30 years old, who visits his old boarding school, Devon and thinks back to his time there when he was 16. This book is truly a coming of age story where one realizes that sometimes you keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. :-)
To get a greater sense of what we are about to embark on, I highly recommend seeing a personal favorite of mine: Dead Poet's Society.
We've come to the end of our poetry unit! AAAANNNDDDDDD we're going to jump back to the founder of horror and terror himself.... Edgar Allan Poe! We will be discussing his most famous poem The Raven and an excellent example of onomatopoeia, The Bells.
You will have an independent project to work on over break and it will be due November 24 & 25. Please note you WILL NOT be given class time to work on this project.
This week we will be tackling Robert Frost's famous poem, "The Road Not Taken". This poem is tremendously impactful not only for it's beautiful metaphor but because it is simply inspiring.
Most people have been faced with a fork in an actual road or path, and not been sure which path to go down. Of course, today, we can whip out a GPS or cell phone and figure out which is the correct path. But if we're beyond the reach of satellites, we just make a choice, unaided by technology. We might pick the road that gets us where we want to go, or one that takes us somewhere new, but either way, the road we choose takes us to where we are.
Just like trying to pick a path when we're driving or walking, we've all had to choose from different paths in life: which classes to take, what college to go to, which girl or boy to ask to prom – the list of life's choices is endless. And for every metaphorical road we take in life, there is a road not taken – the club we didn't join, the class we didn't take, the words we didn't say.
One of the big questions we face is whether or not to take the well-beaten, typical path. Is that the best choice, or should we be non-conformists and take the less-traveled route? Years into the future, after making our decision, how will we feel about the path we've chosen?
Frost's "The Road Not Taken" is about these quandaries, present in every person's life. A lot of people think this poem is encouraging us to take the road that's less traveled. And while it's easy to fall into that well-beaten path of analysis, it's not exactly accurate. So make sure that when you read this poem, you take your own road, whether it's the road less traveled or not.
On the road again,
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