* Compare and contrast the mothers and daughters in terms of Chinese and American culture. In what ways do the mothers represent China and the daughters, America? Be specific and discuss three ways in which the mothers represent traditional Chinese culture and the daughters, America.
*Identify two symbols from the film (objects that are laden with meaning beyond their literal meaning) that may be interpreted as conveying meaning relevant to Chinese and American culture.
Part Two: Describe how your selected article relates to the film. Summarize the article and connect its concepts to the film or the issues raised in the film.
Forum instructions ( all weeks)
Please divide your response into paragraphs for easier reading, and make sure to quote (this is preferred!), paraphrase, or reference specific passages in the works to support your reading (and cite the passages using MLA citation format).
- Your initial, 300-350 word
Film: The Joy Luck Club (FF)
select and respond to TWO of these prompts:
Why do so many Kenyans challenge this Mau Mau freedom fighter's quest for an education?
Using the internet, explore education in Kenya. How is their system alike or different than education in the US?
What lessons does Maruge teach Jane? What does he teach the children? Why does he want to learn to read and write so badly?
Part two: How does your selected scholarly journal article relate to the film? Summarize your article and explain the connection.
Film :The First Grader _______________________________________________________________
Why does this piece take place mostly on a stage?
Is Anna a likeable character? Do you sympathize with her, or is she a 'villain' of sorts? Explain.
Is Anna unjustly punished because of her gender; because of her class/station in life; or because she represents a progressive, modern quality that the society is simply not ready to embrace? Or is she punished justly? Explain.
Summarize the content of your selected journal article and explain how it relates to the film.
Respond to TWO of these prompts-
1.This work is saturated with symbols provided by nature. Describe two natural symbols that are repeated in the film. What do these symbols represent?
2. Is the central love story a real love story? Is the relationship between Fermina and Florentino romantic love? Obsessive love? True love?
3. Florentino spends a life of suffering and indulgence in pleasures as a way of dealing with his separation from Fermina. Is this an epic story of two extraordinary people doing extraordinary things, or are these characters representative, on a dramatic scale, of the kinds of emotions that most people experience in life?
4. What is the significance of cholera, plagues, and references to death in this piece? What is the author saying about life and the nature of love?
Part Two: Summarize your selected article and describe how it relates to this film.
300-350 word post
Select and respond to two options-
1. Compare Forster’s depiction of the English with his depiction of Aziz’s Indian community. How are these groups similar and different? Does the author seem biased in his portrayals?
2. In what ways does the relationship of Fielding and Aziz represent the author's message about cross-cultural understanding?
3. What is Forster’s primary critique of the British in India?
4. The women wish to discover 'the real India". What does this mean to them at the beginning of the film? Do they find the real India? How does their perception of India change?
Part Two: Summarize and explain how your chosen article relates to the film.
Part One: Synthesizing all the readings /films you’ve completed over the last 8 weeks, describe a unifying thread joining all or most of these works. ( This could be a theme, message, tone, literary style, etc.).
Part Two: How does contemporary writing (the new releases you see in bookstores or the NYTimes Bestseller List) in America seem to represent an American “voice” of the 21st century?
300-350 word post