ENG 4U 2011: This is God’s Hat….

Tomorrow, we will attempt a full-scale tutorial. We will divide the class in half, and arrange the desks into two large ovals. The two groups will attempt to address a series of questions that I will provide.
While I can’t give you every question in advance, here are a few that will guide your preparation today. Please remember that this form of collaboration will be evaluated at least once in December; tomorrow’s work is preparation for the this:

  1. Examine the role naming and names play in the novel, paying specific attention to Richard Parker.
  2. How does Pi maintain our interest  even in the face of the unbelievable? (Consider the slaughter of the turtles, for example)
  3. Martel’s Pi picks and chooses the elements of faith that seem most appealing. Is Martel’s  mixing of religions a criticism of faith, or an argument for its core principles?
  4. “Suddenly the banal – eating, defecating, cleaning, sleeping – is of life and death importance; thus, ideologically, tales of survival represent the triumph of the domestic.” How and when does this novel celebrate those activities that are commonplace and domestic?

Here are a few more questions we will consider:

How is Pi’s home in Toronto a reflection of his experiences on his raft/boat?

If you were to ask Pi about the Meaning of Life, what might he say?

In what ways is Pi’s experiences on the boat a direct challenge to who he is?

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
 Nov 21st to Nov 25th  Pi Tutorial prep  Pi Tutorial and half lab  Seminar Work   Seminar Work and half lab   Seminar Work in lab
 Nov 28th to Dec 2nd  Pi Presentations  Pi Presentations  Pi Presentations  Media Conventions  Media Conventions
 Dec 5th to Dec 9th  Media Conventions  Media Conventions  Media Conventions  Media Conventions  Media Conventions
  Dec 12th to Dec 16th  Play: TBA  Play: TBA  Play: TBA  Play: TBA  Play: TBA
Dec 19th to Dec 23rd  Battle of the Poets  Battle of the Poets  Battle of the Poets  Battle of the Poets  Battle of the Poets

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