Friday, June 3, 2011


"This I Believe" - Focusing on a topic
"Science Nourishes the Mind and Soul" by Brian Greene

AtPH Discussion - pages 132-151
Juxtaposition, imagery, and paradox in the lake scene (page 141)
Game-playing and power struggles: symbolism of the chess and pool games
Transformation: John Grady, Alejandra, Rawlins

HW: Read pages 152-178 to prepare for Monday's discussion and review the passage on page 153. As you read, think about:
  • How have their circumstances changed and how does the setting reflect these changes?
  • To what extent do Rawlins and John Grady reconcile? Do you believe that John Grady is, as he claims to Rawlins, "the same man you crossed that river with"?
  • What is the captain like? Why does he treat each of the boys differently?
  • What is the significance of John Grady's dream on page 161?
  • What instances of humor do you see between John Grady and Rawlins in this section?
  • Animals show up again--this time mainly dogs. What do you think the dogs might represent here?
  • What parallels do you see between this section and earlier parts of the book?

If needed, work on your "This I Believe" essay. Check out the essay guidelines offered by NPR and the original producers' invitation for tips.

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