INSTRUCTIONS: To post, click on the Topic title to access the topic,
and then click the “Post New Thread” button. Both Part 1 and Part 2 should be posted in the same response.
Choose one of the following questions to answer for Part 1:
Poe: Analyze the colors used in the rooms and objects in Poe’s “Masque of the Red Death.” What do they represent? Who do you think is the narrator? (No, it is not Poe)
Hawthorne: In “The Ambitious Guest,” Hawthorne is well known for using irony in his stories. Irony is sometimes difficult for readers to extract from stories, but it is fun to find. Identify at least a couple of examples of irony in “The Ambitious Guest.” Were they difficult to find? What does the irony do to reinforce a point or make the story interesting?
Melville: Explain the subtitle of “Bartleby the Scrivener”: “A Story of Wall Street”? What does Melville imply about the business world? Would those sentiments still be relevant today? Could the story be written today with a modern-day Bartleby, and what might he be like?
Part 2: Among many of the foundational themes of the poetry of the Fireside Poets were living a just life, commemorating history, embracing family and community, and celebrating nature. Consider the poetry of Henry Wadworth Longfellow and Oliver Wendell Holmes and discuss how these themes are represented in both. Please quote and cite from the poetry to support your assertions. You might consider using outside research from the open internet to help you gather ideas. If you do, please cite the source and provide a link for your classmates to follow.
Your initial discussion should be at least 200 words. It must include MLA citations – both in-text and an end citation. Please also respond to a minimum of two of your classmates’ initial posts and bring together pieces of the discussion and take those ideas further. These responses should be at least 150 words.
As you may know from the attached rubric, students are expected to post on three separate days each week for average credit. During the week, read the messages posted by your instructor and classmates and join the discussion. Your instructor may ask questions, provide explanations, and include links to other resources.
To earn a higher grade on each week’s discussion, students are expected to post more frequently. To sum up: posting three times in a week will earn a grade of a C. Four posts of high quality according to the rubric will earn a B, and five high quality posts according to the rubric earn an A. Again, please check the rubric for details on this.
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