Novel Analysis Using your initial class essay,
develop your ideas more fully and completely, assuming readers from future
1B classes. Your readers, then, will have read a number of the same short
stories, will have also read Le Guin's critical article, and will have
watched The Matrix, but might not have read your particular novel.
So while it may be safe to assume they have understood the "gist" of the
common materials, they also might benefit from your closer analysis. You
might also spark an interest in others to actually read your novel if they
have not done so before. You are not, however, required to give an
extended plot summary.
Compare and contrast your novel and one of the short stories you read. What are those societies like: their
values and beliefs? In what particular ways are those societies similar to or different from society in The
Focus on a particular theme or character from the novel you read. Show how either reflects (or doesn't reflect)
Le Guin's assertion about what science fiction ought to do. Have the writers been able to focus on any important
trend or trends that you see occurring today?
- OR choose one of the following statements. Identify the speaker, explain what the statement means, first
in terms of the movie, then compare to theme, scenes or character/s in your novel. Finally, articulate the
significance for our lives.
- "We never free a mind once it has reached a certain stage."
- " ...residual self image.."
- "We lacked the language to describe utopia."
- "Never send a human to do an AI.s job."
- "Welcome to the desert of the real."
- "To deny our own impulses is to deny the very thing that makes us human."
- "The matrix cannot tell you who you are."
- "Most people are not ready to be unplugged."
Further Topic Suggestions:
If, upon reflection, you do not like the topic you chose to write about in class, feel free to change your
topic. Constraints are: you must use your novel and The Matrix in some intelligent fashion
What is the "matrix" in your novel? Compare and contrast your novel to the movie The Matrix, (may also use
any of the short stories), in terms of a specific critical framework as a "matrix." How is that matrix the same
as or different from the matrix you live in?
Discuss a character, theme, feature, or anything else you find especially compelling. Follow your bliss, but
remember, your essay should still be focused, organized, and well developed.
If you are at a loss for possible topics, go down the rabbit hole:
- utopia / dystopia
- gender roles
- emergent, visionary or dangerous technologies
- belief systems - plugging into / unplugging from?
Final draft will be 5-6 pages, double spaced in MLA format with a works cited page.
- May 5: Rough draft, minimum three pages
- May 8: organization / dev w/topic sheet
- May 10: editing draft / review MLA format and citation
- May 12: Final draft due in pocket folder with worksheets, in-class essay, and representative drafts.
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