Monday, January 31, 2005

Class Cancelled, Monday Jan 31

I have an emergency this morning and won't be able to make it to class, sorry about the late notice! Please be prepared to discuss V for Vendetta Bk I and II on Wednesday, and I'll collect your papers then,


Sunday, January 30, 2005

V for Vendetta Book 2 Question

As this is my first graphic novel to read, I have had some difficulties in following the plot, the character development, and sequencing of events (especially in book 1). By book two, I now feel like I have a much better grasp on how to read a these novels. And I am enjoying them quite a bit.

I have gotten caught up on a lot of phrases in the book and found a web site that explaines a lot of them. It is: After taking a look at this website I have a better idea of what is happening in the story. One annotation that caught my attention was on the Kitty-Kat Keller.
It says on the website: The Kitty-Kat Keller The name of the night club is possible a
reference to the similar burlesque club, the Kit Kat Klub, from the film _Caberet_, which is
set at the dawn of Hitler's rise to power in pre-World War II Germany. Both stand out as
having the initials KKK, which carries an inevitable association with the infamous white-
supremist organization, the Ku Klux Klan.
What other associations in the novel relate to the Ku Klux Klan? What significance does it have in the story plot?

We learn a lot about V throught the character of Evey. How does her characteristics help tell the story? How does her relationship with V help tell the story?

Media plays a large role in the development of the story. Through radio and television the people hear and see what they need to hear and see according to the people in charge. In book one this this through the voice of Fate. What are the similarities and the differences of the use of media in the novel and in our world today?

V for Vendetta, Bk I questions

For your answering pleasure,

Q1. What do we know about V? Can you determine anything about him objectively--age, gender, race? Can you make any qualified guesses based on the information provided?

Q2. Take a close look at the two "love" scenes in Ch 5 ("Version" p.37-41). Who are the key players in these two "relationships" and why/how are they being used in the story?

Q3. Prothero, Almond, Dascombe, Finch--who are all these people? and don't you think it's a bit hard to tell them apart?

Q4. Is there a moral balance in V for Vendetta? How do you judge acts of violence within this world? is it relativistic? in other words, who is good and who is bad? or is everyone simply a victim?

Q5. anarchy (V) or fascism (the leader). who would you rather take to the prom?

see you tomorrow,

Monday, January 24, 2005

Transmetropolitan question #3

What parallels do you see in transmetropolitan and politics in today's society?

Transmetropolitan question 2

Spider has an intense personality, and does many things that you may regard as inappropriate. Why do you think he does these things? What are his intensions?

Welcome Spring 201

This is the blog for english 201, please view regularly to see what your classmates are posting. Most of you have already signed up for leading discussion. This is where you will post your questions for discussion. If you would like to see what that might look like, please browse the page to see how last semester's 201 formatted their questions/comments. Essentially, you will generate about 3-5 questions, some broad, some specific, concerning the material you are responsible for. For those who are not discussion leaders for that particular day, you are responsible for reading the questions before you come to class, and having ideas ready to respond to the discussion leader. Each of you is required to comment 3 times (using the comments feature) throughout the semester to a posting (3 different postings).

Questions should be posted by no later than 5pm the day before you're due to lead discussion. Responses can be posted anytime up until class meets for a particular discussion.

I think that's everything, enjoy!


transmetropolitan #1

who is Fred and what is he trying to accomplish?