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.

Of old the Hellenic race was marked oAs 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.ff 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.

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

When the door of her room had closed on her he remembered that he had not even touched her hand.

This evening, I am not providing you with a specific topic to discuss.  Instead, please pursue your own ideas and theories about Chapters 3, 4, and 5 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 #3

 

The village lay under two feet of snow….

Please pursue your own ideas and theories about the beginning and Chapters 1 and 2 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 #2

I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.

Describe our narrator.

Some questions you may want to consider:

  • Who is he?
  • What is he doing in Starkfield?
  • Can we rely on his judgment?  Why or why not?
  • What does the narrator learn about Frome from other characters?
    • What effect does this knowledge have on the narrator?
    • On the reader?

As always, please follow the rules of standard American English in your comment and reply to your classmates comments as the discussion evolves over the course of the evening.

Some reminders:

  • Quality is very important.  Make sure you provide ample detailed, text-based evidence for your observations
  • Quantity is ALSO very important.  A well-developed blog with ample evidence tends to be 300-500 words.

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 #1