Monday, November 17, 2014

1.How does the setting add to the meaning of the story: sunset and night, dreary road, gloomiest trees, narrow path creeping through, lonely, peculiarity in solitude? How does this imagery create the mood? How does this mood help us predict the nature of Young Goodman Brown’s journey? 
  The setting is the forest and it's by a city called Salem.  

2.Discuss the significance of "Faith kept me back awhile." 
  Faith is the wife and it also means the belief a person has.
3.Why do you think Faith wore pink ribbons? Hint: think of the connotation of colors.
  She wore the pink ribbon is because she was inocent

4.Discuss the significance of the second traveller (sic.), ". . . apparently in the same rank of life as Goodman Brown and bearing a considerable resemblance to him, though perhaps more in expression than features. Still they might have been taken for father and son." Is he Brown’s alter ego?
  That Young Goodman Brown will be evil one day.

5.Interpret the description of the staff "which bore the likeness of a great black snake, so curiously wrought that it might almost be seen to twist and wriggle like a living serpent. This, of course, must have been an ocular deception, assisted by the uncertain light." Why the uncertainty?
  There is uncertainty is because he can't see anything since it's dark outside.

6. When the fellow traveller states, "I have been well acquainted with your family... I helped your grandfather, the constable, when he lashed the Quaker woman so smartly through the streets of Salem. ... The deacons of many a church have drunk wine with me; the select men of divers town make me their chairman; and a majority of the Great and General Court are firm believers of my interest," what do we begin to understand about him? Though this character, what is Hawthorne telling us about evil?
  Everybody is evil.

7. Discuss the meaning(s): "My Faith is gone!”
  It could mean that his belief system is gone.

8.Describe what Goodman Brown saw when he arrived at the meeting – the grave, reputable, and pious people, the chaste dames and dewy virgins, the revered pastor, and that the good "shrank not from the wicked." Discuss the meaning.

9.The dark figure states, "Welcome, my children, to the communion of your race. Ye have found thus young your nature and your destiny." What do you think this means?
  They are destined to be evil.

10.  How does Goodman Brown treat people the next day? What happens to him? Why?
  He doesn't trust anyone anymore.  He dies as a sad person since he doesn't believe anyone.

11."Young Goodman Brown" is a moral allegory. Essentially, an allegory is an extended metaphor using one thing to represent another – a story with dual meanings. Therefore, there is a surface or literal meaning as well as a secondary meaning. In other words, Hawthorne uses this moral allegory to reveal a moral lesson or lessons. Discuss the moral lesson(s) you discover in the story.
  Hawthorne states that everyone is evil.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Questions on the Monkeys Paw

1. What is the first clue that the monkey’s paw is not a good thing?

When the sarge described the monkey's paw he was very serious.

2. What is the second clue that something is not right about the paw?

He throws it in the fire.

3. What is ironic about the wish? (Something is ironic when the thing that
happens is the exact opposite from what you had expected.)

Every wish has a curse.

4. Why does the mother think the second wish will make everything right?

She wants her son back since he died.

5. Why is the father afraid to make the second wish?

He knows that every wish you make it always have a curse.

6. What do you think the third wish was? Why do you think this?

To make the son go away.  He did this is because he thought he would just come back as a mangled corpse.

7. Why does the story start with the father and son playing chess? Does the father’s strategy at the chess game tell you anything about his personality? If so, what?

The father takes risks playing chess and he also risks while making the wishes.

8.Sergeant Major Morris describes the monkey's paw in this way: "It had a spell put on it by an old fakir,...a very holy man. He wanted to show that fate ruled people’s lives, and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow. " What does Morris’ statement mean when you first read it? What does it mean after you have read the entire story? Is his comment significant? If so, why?

I think I do believe in fate is because in some situation, certain things would control peoples lives.

9.Why does Major Morris throw the monkey's paw onto the fire and why do the Whites react so strongly?

He threw it into the fire is because he knew it was cursed.  The Whites got it out is because they were desperate.

10.What happens to Herbert White?
He got mangled and killed in the machines.

11.  What do you think happened at the end of the story? Why does Mr. White beg his wife not to let "it" into the house? What does he mean? What is he afraid of? Who or what was outside of the house?
I think it was Mr. Herbert.  He doesn't want "it" to come in the house is because he doesn't know whats outside.

12.What makes Jacobs' style of writing unique? Read the following passage and think about how he puts his words together to create a mood. Underline words or passages that seem important to you.

"...and a horrible fear that his wish would bring his mangled son before him ere he could escape from the room seized upon him , and he caught his breath as he found he had lost the direction of the door. His brow cold with sweat, he felt his way around the table, and groped along the wall until he found himself in the small passage with the unwholesome thing in his hand."
Fear and shock are definitely the words to describe the mood.

13.How does Jacobs set the mood and/or tone of the story? How does he build suspense? Think about the way he uses silence as a way to create a mood. What does he describe at the end as the husband and wife lie in bed waiting for their wish to come true? 
He's using silence to build up suspense for the knock on the door.