Journal 1 The Rich Boy

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For Thursday, 1/6: Journal #1 : Respond to the following quote, from F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story "The Rich Boy": Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful. We are going to practice with the following approach to many issues related to this book, and it will help you with your argumentative writing and compel you to grapple with important issues in the text. This means you will be given a quote (or a passage) and asked to do ONE of three things. 1) Defend it (agree with what it says). 2) Attack it (disagree with what it says). 3) Qualify it (you agree with certain aspects of it, but disagree with others, or you agree or disagree given certain situations, pre-conditions or qualifications). In answering these types of questions you SHOULD draw on your own knowledge (of history,
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Unformatted text preview: readings, films, television, personal experience). However, you MUST address the prompt by talking about the SPECIFIC statements of the text. Analyze the meaning of the words and their relationship to one another. Is their ambiguity? What is YOUR interpretation and take on it? We are practicing these skills because they are essential to literary analysis, which is part of the purpose of this unit and what we will be studying this semester. I want you to engage with and think critically about the issues that the novels, short stories, plays, film and other media, present. This will help you become a more interactive reader of texts throughout your life. Sowrite a full page journal entry which Defends, Attacks, or Qualifies this quote. What might be the meaning of this quote? Do you agree? Why or why not?...
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