Choose one of the following questions to write about for tomorrow. (This is what you started in class.) Use evidence, etc. to come to some kind of a conclusion for what you’re writing.
1) What general connections can be made between the Book of Revelation and Kingdom Come?
2) The Book of Revelation is one example of the combat myth archetype. How do the situations or characters in Kingdom Come relate to aspects of the combat myth?
3) What are some of the differences between Kingdom Come and the Book of Revelation?
4) Why is this book titled Kingdom Come? How does it connect to the Lord’s Prayer, in terms of themes
5) As a group, spend as much time deliberating this question as you did the previous four: How does this relate to Grant Morrison’s idea of “cultural mythology?”
The full Morrison quote:
“The best superhero stories deal directly with mythic elements of human experience that we can all relate to, in ways that are imaginative, profound, funny, and provocative. They exist to solve problems of all kinds…At their best, they help us confront and resolve even the deepest existential crises.”
– Grant Morrison, Supergods
Choose one of these videos to focus on for class today:
Based on your reading of the Soren Bowie article “3 Reasons it’s So Hard to Make Superman Interesting” answer these two questions:
-What are the author’s main arguments about how Superman stories should be written?
-Read chapt. 4 of Kingdom Come. Evaluate whether or not the Superman of Kingdom Come is truly a complex character. Bring in evidence from both the article and the book to make your argument.
For today, read to page 39 of Kingdom Come. Keep a running tally of as many religious allusions as you can:
– Allusions to biblical stories
-Characters in the comic similar to biblical figures
-Symbols in the comic similar to religious symbols
-Quotes in the comic matching quotes from the bible
After you’re done reading answer these two questions here on the blog:
1) Does knowing the religious connections before reading lead to a deeper understanding of the characters or conflicts?
2) In understanding the religious background of the characters and/or story, what unanswered questions are raised in the first chapter of the book?
Today you’re going to take a language quiz with your reading groups that may (or may not) be able to pinpoint what region of the USA you’re from (or at least talk like).
I took the quiz last night and this was my result:
Ok, so I’m not from New York/New Jersey, but this map isn’t entirely inaccurate. For one, see that reddish spot in the middle of Wisconsin? That’s where I grew up and aside from my clear New England speech tendencies (I’ve been here for about half my life, after all) it seems some of my regional dialects have stuck around. The test said that my use of the word “sneakers” pulled my dialect out towards New York/New Jersey, but I can explain that too: my mom grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island, so when we’d go shopping when I was little she’d buy me “sneakers.” I must’ve picked that up from her. So it’s not 100 percent, but it’s not far off!
(My girlfriend also took the quiz and got Worcester, where she was born and raised.)
If you’d like to hear people take the test, go here and push play. There’s a transcript right below the “play” icon.
Take the test here. When you get your results write down the following information for me:
- Where did the test say your dialect was from?
- Where do you consider yourself from?
- If the first two answers are different, can you explain why?
- What word did the test identify as the marker for your dialect?
Then, read the “explanatory” before the first chapter and the first chapter with your group in whatever way you all feel comfortable – likely in how you told me you like to read on your index card since I used that information to make these groups.
For tomorrow, pick three sentences each and “translate” them from dialect into how we would say that sentence today.
We’ve spent two days looking over (and looking at) old and new sources. This weekend, please put it all together for Tuesday. Put your response to the question in the comments.
Here are the resources and rubric. Remember, our question is:
How did America’s earliest writing and writers influence our views on what America is (or could be) today?
Early USA lit values in text set
Letters from an American Farmer
Pioneers O Pioneers
“The Minister’s Black Veil”
Standard upperclassman writing rubric