10H – 10-12 February 2015 – Concept Map Work

You’ll be working on your Concept Map and Presentation during class on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday, you’ll present your map to the class.

In addition, today in class I’ll be passing out your choice dystopias (1984, Brave New World, The Handmaid’s Tale, Animal Farm–everyone got their first choice pick). Please read your choice dystopia by Monday, March 2. In your journal, I’d like you to do the following three things related to your choice dystopia:

1. Choice Dystopia Entry 1 – Choose one or two of the subjects below that you’d like to become an “expert” on. It should stay the same throughout the book: happiness, technology, education/child rearing, government, individuals, society, love, friendship, ignorance, or knowledge.

  • As you read: Find and flag every passage you encounter that addresses that subject throughout the text.
  • After you’ve finished reading the entire text: Go back through the passages you’ve flagged. Reflect on and then write about what the author is trying to communicate about the subject you chose, based on the evidence you collect.

2. Choice Dystopia Entry 2 – Reflect on and then write about what trends in society this text is critiquing, whether or not you think that critique is effective, and why. Note that I am not interested in your feelings about the critique, rather, how effectively the author accomplishes the critique.

3. Dystopia Review Entry – Once you have finished your all three/four of our dystopic texts (Harrison Bergeron, 2081, Choice Dystopia, F451), write a single journal entry in which you evaluate how well these texts meet/conform the criteria of a dystopia (see Dystopias: Definitions and Characteristics handout) and theorize about why this pattern is so enduring.


4 thoughts on “10H – 10-12 February 2015 – Concept Map Work

  1. WARNING: I don’t know i guess i mention an explicit topic…

    Holy crap so I just finished a handmaid’s tale and it was terrifying. I literally had nightmares.
    I think Atwood’s commentary on feminism is spot-on. Although men are frequently the perpetrators of mysogyny, women also have a tendency to oppress each other, though not as blatantly as men. Women slut-shame, pass judgement, and attack each other far too often, an aspect of society which is all too prominent in our society. Women are also pitted against each other in competitions, such as who has the best hair, and, “now featured in the latest issue of People magazine! WHO WORE IT BETTER?!” Trivial things like this are not only insulting to our intelligence but also serve to cultivate moldy hatred among women. If a man has sex, he is praised; if a woman does the same she is branded a “slut”, “whore” or “easy”, and not just by men, but by other women as well! Anyway, to tie this in with the book, Atwood illustrates clearly to the reader the role women take in oppressing other women. Just Imagine, if all of the Wives, Aunts, Marthas, and Handmaids in the Republic of Gilead refused to continue their forced labor, instead of being used as weapons to spy on each other, how quickly the patriarchy would fall!
    In conclusion, as women, we need to support each other and stop the patriarchy where it stands. Yes, men also need to change, but we women need to unite, or I fear we will continue on the path towards the Republic of Gilead.
    This rant has been brought to you by Maeve

    • Yeah. All of that. It is an INTENSE book and you’re spot on to critique the ways that women betray each other. A story as old as history (like Phyllis Schafly) or the Bible (Rachel and Leah)…

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