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May 2, 2017
“Against Nature” p. 231 45/50
Integrity Statement: I did not allow anyone to copy my answers. This would have been throwing
away my integrity. My integrity is more important.
Standards: ELA RI.11–12.1, RI.11–12.2, RI.11–12.3, RI.11–12.5, W.11–12.2, W.11–12.7,
What is RI. 12-3?
What is W. 12.7? Analyzing the Text
Cite Text Evidence
Support your responses with evidence from the selection.
1. Analyze Look at the list at the beginning of the essay (lines 1–14). In what way does
it contribute to the structure of the author’s argument?
The way the list at the beginning of the essay contributes to the structure of the author’s
argument is by repeating. In lines 1-14, she continues to use the same words. The speaker
repeats, “It lacks a moral purpose.”, “It lacks a satiric dimension … .”, and “It lacks a symbolic
subtext ….” The narrator uses repetition so we can keep it in my head and she uses it to get her
point through. 2. Analyze In line 15, the author begins a narrative about an experience she had in
nature. How does the author use this narrative to engage the reader?
The author uses this narrator to engage the reader because it's from her personal experience.
She puts in an anecdote that explains her point of view from what she went through. When she
states, “... a sudden attack of tachycardia that had come upon me out of nowhere ….”, she
makes me feel sorry for her. She is engaging me to feel for her. 3. Identify Attempting to transcend her condition, the author tries to focus on nature
as she lies limp in the dirt (lines 46–78). What does she realize about the earth and
the sky as she lies there?
She realizes that the earth is hell for her, and the sky is the path for heaven. You feel helpless
standing in the dirty when you can be in the sky where it’s calm and its true self. She calls earth,
“... hard, emphatic, not mere surface but a genuine force ….” As for the sky, it helped her cool
down and breathe slowly. She notes, “But contemplate the sky, it’s there to be contemplated.”
For the sky, it was there to help her ease down while the dirt ground did nothing.
4. Analyze The author quotes Thoreau in a passage that celebrates the virtues of
nature in the decomposition of a dead horse (lines 180–193). Then she addresses
Thoreau directly: “Come off it, Henry David.” What central idea is developed in lines
194–202? What effect does Oates’s tone, or attitude toward her subject, in this
passage have on the reader?
The central idea that's developed in lines 194-202 is that she is really close to Henry David.
For a stranger to say that to Henry David would make him angry and upset, but Thoreau is close
to Henry which makes Henry to try to understand. When she mentions to Henry that, “... you’ve
never wholly recovered from the experience of watching him die.”, it means that she has been by
his side for years since its been years his elder brother died. Oates’s tone or attitude toward her
subject is sassy, but it only means that she is very close to him.
5. Interpret According to the author, how do writers and artists help perpetuate
“Nature-as-experience” (lines 131–132)? Writers and artists help perpetuate “Nature-as-experience” by having artist drawing a picture
of waves crashing against the rocks making seem peaceful and nice when in reality it's hard
splashes with the sounds of seagulls yelling loud. Another example is when writers write as
raindrops hit the windows which can get annoying when you are trying to concentrate. They try
to make nature peaceful and calm when nature is not self-aware. Critical Vocabulary: Define each word.
Resonance: richness of meaning; the ability to evoke emotion.
Autonomy: freedom from control; independence
Evidently: plainly, or obviously apparent from evidence or data.
Transcending: to go beyond the limits or become independent of.
Tangentially: indirectly or peripherally connected.
Harbingers: a person or thing that signals a future occurrence. Practice and Apply Answer the questions by applying each Critical Vocabulary word
to your own life.
1. When have you wanted autonomy?
I wanted autonomy on my phone because I don’t like my elders looking through it.
2. What have you ever seen or read that had resonance? I read a book called Legend and it has resonance. It put me emotional when Day’s mom was
3. What do you see as a harbinger of winter?
What I see as a harbinger of winter is leaves falling off from trees. It tells me winter is on its
4. When have you found yourself transcending physical pain to perform a task?
I found myself transcending physical pain to perform a task when I was working out.
5. What is evidently true about you, based on your favorite activities?
Sitting down and relaxing is evidently true about myself since it's my favorite thing to do.
6. When have you answered a direct question tangentially?
I have answered a direct question tangentially when my sister asked me how her makeup was. ...
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