ENG 4U 2013: Notes, Research, and Other Issues

Our goals today are:

  1. to watch Act III Scene IV. In this crucial scene, Hamlet confronts his mother. Reading the scene simply does not do it justice.
  2. to provide an overview of how to approach a comparative essay (including secondary sources).
  3. to briefly examine some secondary sources. We will briefly look at the Literary Reference Center, and consider some of its contents. We will also examine how a source that is about your topic (but not about your texts) can be useful.
  4. to evaluate an excerpt from someone’s notes (see the content below)

Let’s evaluate the notes below according to the criteria outlined on the rubric.

  • Katniss and Prim both lose sleep over the reaping. Pg. 3
  • We learn that Katniss’s father taught her how to shoot a bow and arrow so she could hunt for food. Pg. 5
  • “District twelve. Where you can starve to death in safety.” Pg. 6
  • “I protect Prim in any way I can, but I’m powerless against the reaping.” The reaping is a man made event that chooses two kids between the age of 12 and 18 from every district to partake in an annual “Hunger Games.” This is a clear example of man being mans biggest fear. Pg. 15
  • Volunteers in the “Hunger Games” are quite common in the richer districts where the tributes get trained. In district 12 no one ever volunteers because they are poor and under qualified. Prim is selected for the Hunger Games and Katniss quickly steps up. “But in district 12 the word tribute is pretty much synonymous with the word corpse.” Pg. 22
  • When the male tribute is called Katniss feels uneasy. She doesn’t make eye contact with the boy Peeta Mellark. When Katniss was younger and starving Peeta threw her bread that gave her hope. She explains that to this day she catches him looking at her in the hallways and because of this she feels like she owes him something. Pg. 32
  • The tributes get to wear one thing from their home district. The mayor’s daughter, Madge, asks Katniss to wear her mockingjay pin. Katniss agrees. Pg. 38
  • Gale compares the Hunger Games to “just” hunting. Katniss knows it’s no different than hunting, other than the fact that these kids are human. “The awful thing is that if I can forget they’re all people it will be no different at all.” Pg. 40
  • Effie Trinket refers the two tributes from last year as “savages.” This is a prime example of how the Capitol views the tributes (low class, not to be associated with). Katniss is disgusted with this observation and eats like a “savage” to make a point. Pg 44
  • Because Peeta is kind Katniss and Katniss feels as though she owes Peeta she struggles with the idea that they won’t both make it out alive. Pg. 49
  • Sponsors give money to send gifts to the tributes. Pg. 56
  • Katniss looks to Haymitch for advice but receives only “Stay alive.” Pg. 56
  • After Peeta and Katniss stand up to Haymitch, Haymitch begins to think he has a pair of fighters this year. Evidently he decides to help Peeta and Katniss Pg. 57
  • Peeta is a face for the crowd. He plays up the appearances so they can receive sponsors and win. Pg. 60
  • It is obvious that the society is divided by wealth and class. Pg. 65
  • Katniss is aware that the more human feelings she has towards Peeta, the harder it will be to kill him. Pg.  72

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