Literacy analysis paper

 

Solar storms by Linda hogan

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If you choose to do # 1 I have a packet for you to read. If you choose to do this please let me know and I will send you the packet. You would have to the read the book and both the packet.

1) Create a conversation between Wangari Maathai and Linda Hogan

In “A Cracked Mirror,” Maathai argues, “Cultural revival might be the only thing that stands between the conservation or destruction of the environment, the only way to perpetuate the knowledge and wisdom inherited from the past necessary for the survival of future generations.” She explains further that, “Communities that have not yet undergone industrialization have a close connection with the physical environment, which they often treat with reverence. Because they have not yet commercialized their lifestyle and their relation with natural resources, their habitats are rich with local biological diversity, both plant and animal. However, these are the very habitats that are most at threat from globalization, commercialization, privatization, and the piracy of biological material found in them. This global threat is causing communities to lose their rights to the resources they have preserved throughout the ages as part of their cultural heritage.” (2)

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Review Maathai’s article, and think about Solar Storms in light of Maathai’s discussion. Find passages in the novel that seem to tie in with Maathai’s points. Then, create a dialogue, or an exchange of letters, between Maathai and Hogan, showing what you imagine these two would have to say to each other about their writing. Use quotes from the readings to help you show this, being careful to indicate when you are quoting verbatim. End with at least one paragraph describing your thoughts on the conversation you created–what it was like to try to write it, and what your reasoning was about your composition.

2) Analyze the view of plants and animals presented in Solar Storms.

Many of us are accustomed to novels and other stories that portray life primarily as it involves human interactions and social situations. Hogan portrays a world with many more non-human dimensions, including weather and the elements. Present your own argument about how Solar Storms “offers teachings” about (and from) plants and animals. Be sure to bring in quotes and passages from the novel to support your argument. If it helps, you may also bring in related ideas from our other readings, such as Terry Tempest Williams’ thoughts on nature and human perception, in “Shark in the Mind.”

3. Develop your own “take” on something Castor points out.

Use Castor’s article as a launching pad for an analysis of your own. She talks about the importance of empathy, the role of place, and the symbolism Hogan employs through her portrayal of Hannah Wing. Focusing on any of these, present your thoughts about at least 3 scenes you’ve chosen from the novel that you feel give insight into one of these themes. This will involve carefully considering the language, images, and other aspects of the scenes you choose, as you offer an interpretation of them that fits with your own understanding of Castor’s points.

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4. Write a paper describing how water is portrayed as a character in Solar Storms.

Present your own thesis about how water is represented, using several examples and quotes from the story to back up your views. Some questions you may want to consider are: How many different ways is it portrayed? How do different characters relate to it? What is water’s role in the history of various characters’ lives? What kinds of symbolism are associated with it?

5. Take a stance about the way Solar Storms ends.

Some of the ideas in the ending chapters involve Angel’s personal life, some the life of the human and non-human community at Adam’s Rib, and some seem more encompassing—taking in the history of native people, humans in general, nature, and creation. How do you feel the ending fits with the rest of the novel? What’s your “take-away” message from it, after all that has come before? Support your stance with appropriate references to and quotations from the novel.

These will be graded on the degree to which you succeed in the following areas:

1. Depth: I will be looking for evidence that you have given the topic a lot of thought, and have developed your ideas fully, with clear explanations, details, examples, and quotes from the novel.

2. Clarity: Your writing should be clear and correct, and your explanations should be understandable. Proofread to be sure there aren’t any typos, spelling or grammar errors, or misquotes/plagiarism problems. Craft your language so that it is vivid and memorable.

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3. Organization: There should be a strong, directive introduction and a conclusion that provides closure for the entire essay. It should be easy to see the structure of your essay, and readers should be able to follow the order in which the ideas are presented. Make sure your paragraphs have clear topics and develop their ideas logically. Be careful to construct transitions between paragraphs.