Wednesday – reading day for Chapters 2-4. The journal prompt:
As you read Chapters 2-4 of SH5, Identify the motifs that emerge. What images, objects, pictures, or sensory details get repeated again and again? Note the page number and context of the various mentions of the motifs. Based on that, try to piece together what the motif is supposed to say. For example:
Motif: Orange and Black stripes:
· On the POW car, p ____
· On Billy’s daughter’s wedding tent, p_____
Both of these images connect being a prisoner with marriage, and both prison and marriage force people into a kind of intimate familiarity with each others’ bodies. Is it possible that the mustard gas/roses motif also ties to this?
In class THURSDAY, you’ll take a short reading quiz, and then we’ll talk about what caught you, what motifs you noticed, what concerned or interested you.
Lastly, I’ll have you start compiling examples of two things:
- IRONY so far in the text
- What dies for various SO IT GOES refrains
My hope is that by seeing these lists, we’ll be able to make sense of what Vonnegut is saying with each.