Today, we will approach our group tasks differently. Instead of building discussion around our activities, each group (or individual) will focus on one of the following tasks. Duplication is allowed:
Life of Pi
- Investigate names in the novel, especially Pi and Richard Parker
- Using specific references in the novel, draw Pi’s boat. Include specific references to the page numbers on your sketch.
Ready Player One
- Find out what you can about the Panopticon. How is the concept of the Panopticon connected to the novel Ready Player One?
- Find out what you can Baudrillard’s Simulacra and Simulation. How might the stages of the image connect to the novel Ready Player One?
- Investigate 3 allusions to 1980’s culture that are new to you. Be prepared to explain why the author may have included these allusions.
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
Investigate some aspect of the Cold War. You may choose to look at a moment that occurred before or after the events in the novel:
- the Berlin Wall
- the Berlin Blockade
- Brinkmanship and Mutually Assured Destruction
- the Cuban Missile Crisis
- the Korean War
The Stone Angel
- How are Do Not Go Gentle into the Good Night and The Stone Angel connected?
- Watch any of the video clips found at http://www.cbc.ca/archives/categories/arts-entertainment/literature/margaret-laurence-canadas-divine-writer/laurences-first-novel.html. Explain the connections between the clip(s) and the novel; for example, the clip about Margaret Lawrence’s different childhood might give you some new insight into the novel.