Monday, April 2, 2012

Shall We Say Pompous?

I got a chuckle out of this and decided to share. We are supposed to post an initial discussion post by Wednesday in Blackboard each week. For those of you who don’t know, I’m in school online. We have certain requirements that we have to reach. One of those is the online discussion. It’s like I make a post and you email me, but we have to continue that through the week.

So I thought this was funny. We had to choose a short story out of a list the instructor provided and then post our thesis statement or introductory paragraph for our midterm paper. Part of the reason I found this amusing is because I chose “Battle Royal” by Ralph Ellison to analyze. Not only did this guy sound a tad pompous, but he also posted this a day late. So he got docked on that. I just started rolling on the floor.

His original post….

For the mid-term paper on literary analysis, I selected “The Cask of Amontillado” written by Edgar Allen Poe. I felt this was a rock solid short story that contained a lot of good references necessary to write about. I nearly decided to select “Battle Royal” by Ralph Ellison because the title looked appealing to me. Nevertheless, I quickly discovered upon reading that it contained a lack of organization, abysmal plot, and insufficient remnants to even give a brief synopsis on. In addition, I felt as if I wanted to doze off and determined that it was flat out terrible. With the big winner being Poe, I was able to effortlessly pull out key components that match the story which include uses of rhetorical devices, psychoanalytical examples, and symbolism. When it is formed together, it will exhibit fluid organization, a concrete thesis, in depth supportive evidence and a powerful overview.

My response to his original post…..

I read “The Cask of Amontillado” when I was in high school so I chose not to do that one for my midterm paper. I am curious to know what your thesis statement or introductory paragraph is going to be. And what do you think will be your analysis will be in regards to the symbolism in the story?

You also stated that you will be able to give supportive evidence to give credence to your symbolism. Do you think that the description of the clothes he wore is a symbol of how he feels about Fortunato? He described him as wearing something that may have looked like a court jester costume. Or do you think that Fortunato becoming intoxicated is a symbol of what he thinks of the man as if he is no better than a drunk?

Since he never gives us specifics about the “thousand injuries”, what does that suggest to you as the reader?

And this was his reply to me….

Christina, thanks for responding to me regarding my selection of “The Cask of Amontillado”. In regards to my thesis, I was able to project reverse psychology as a technique that is used consistently throughout the text, thus allowing Montresor to obtain his goal. In regards to your question on symbolism, I felt that the wine was a major symbol which can be equated to the down fall of a man and ultimately used as a weapon indirectly as an instrument for murder. I don’t feel that the clothes had or any major significance as a symbol in the text, while it is a valid point in some respect, our requirements on this paper were to objectively tie each paragraph back to the thesis. Lastly, your inquiry into the specifics of the “thousand injuries”, did not really suggest anything to me. If you reference back to the text, the achievement was to murder and did not indicate anything more or anything less.

I tried to match his wording!!

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