From where he lay he had been able to see those two great rocks called the Faraglioni which stand out at sea. It was full moon and he must have gone to see them by moonlight. Perhaps he died of the beauty of that sight.

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Please compare and contrast Maughm’s “The Lotus Eater” with the tale as you read part of it in the green textbook.  Be sure to add text-based details and your own excellent analysis.

In addition, be sure to respond to at least one other comment in this thread.  Naturally, you will follow the rules of standard written American English.

Mythology Blog #7

“The wind that carried west from Ilium brought me to Ismarus, on the far shore, a strongpoint on the coast of the Cicones.”

Tonight, please read pp. 981-985 in your green Prentice Hall Literature textbook.

Then, respond.   Some questions to consider for your response are:

  • Who is the speaker and whom is he addressing?  What is the occasion?  What is the speaker’s purpose and what is his tone?
  • What lessons can be learned from the adventure with the Cicones and the Lotus Eaters?
  • What connections can you make between these events and central ideas or themes of The Odyssey overall?

As always follow the rules of standard English grammar, punctuation, and spelling in your writing.  Also, be sure to respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

Mythology blog #6

“Ten years, however, is a long time for anger to last. The gods had by now grown sorry for Odysseus….”

After you have read Hamilton, pp. 211-229 and Bulfinch’s Mythology, pp. 188-205, please re-read pages 211-213 in Hamilton.  (I know!  I know!  You already read this, but reading it again will make it fresher in your mind.)  Then, please write your response:

Take a position!  Overall do the gods have a positive or negative effect on human lives?  Provide ample text-based details to support your opinion.

As always, be sure to follow the rules of standard English grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

Also, be sure to respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

Mythology blog #4

“If no other knowledge deserves to be called useful but that which helps to enlarge or possessions or to raise our station in society, then mythology has no claim to the appellation.”

Read the preface of Bulfinch’s Mythology (which we did in class) and the introduction to Edith Hamilton’s Mythology (pp. 13-21).

Then discuss:  Compare and contrast the reasons that Bulfinch and Hamilton give us about the need to study mythology.  Do you agree or disagree?  Why or why not?

As always, be sure to include many specific details from each text to support your opinions and follow all the rules of standard written English.   In addition, remember to respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

Mythology blog #3

That was the Judgment of Paris, famed everywhere as the real reason why the Trojan War was fought.

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The story of the judgment of Paris, which you have read in Hamilton and Bulfinch, is one of the most important in all of Homer. (Homer the great epic poet, not our friend Homer Simpson….)

What is this story? What is the significance of the story to the rest of this epic, to history, to art, to life?

Remember also to respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

Mythology blog #2

Of old the Hellenic race was marked off from the barbarian as more keen-witted and more free from nonsense. — Herodotus I: 60

This weekend you are asked to read the introductions to Edith Hamilton’s  Mythology and Bulfinch’s Mythology, edited by Edmund Fuller and annotate as you do so.  After that reading share your thoughts here with your classmates.  Ask questions, make observations, carry on a class discussion online.

As always, please  be sure to include many specific details from each text to support your opinions and follow all the rules of standard written English.   In addition, remember to respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

Mythology blog #1

The querulous drone ceased as I entered Frome’s kitchen, and of the two women sitting there I could not tell which had been the speaker.

Please discuss Ethan Frome through the very end here.  Be sure to include many specific text-based details in your commentary.  Be sure also to reply to your classmates as the discussion evolves over the course of the evening.

Remember also, that a part of your homework tonight is to annotate the text (use lots of post-its to mark interesting, surprising, or confusing passages – and mark on the post-its what your thoughts are).  Also, write at least 2 (two) EXCELLENT discussion questions to spark tomorrow’s conversation

Ethan Frome blog #5

With the sudden perception of the point to which his madness had carried him, the madness fell and he saw his life before him as it was.

Winter is heating up in Starkfield!  In the continuing spirit of our class discussions yesterday and today, I am not providing you with a specific topic to discuss.  Instead, please pursue your own ideas and theories about Chapters 6, 7, and 8 of Ethan Frome here.  Be sure to include many specific text-based details in your commentary.  Be sure also to reply to your classmates as the discussion evolves over the course of the evening.

Remember also, that a part of your homework tonight is to annotate the text (use lots of post-its to mark interesting, surprising, or confusing passages – and mark on the post-its what your thoughts are).  Also, write at least 2 (two) EXCELLENT discussion questions to spark tomorrow’s conversations.

Ethan Frome blog #4