Thursday, 7/15

Kindred

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Respond to three of the prompts below. Include the prompt itself at the top of your posting so that readers know which ones you are responding to. Your total word count for this blog entry should be about 900 words long.

  • How is Dana both more and less equipped than Alice and her mother to survive in the past?
  • When Dana returns home the second time, what precautions are taken in case she time travels again?  What additional precaustions might you have taken?
  • In what ways does time travelling lead Dana to experiences the likes of which she has never had and act in ways that she would never believe herself capable of?
  • Explain why it is ironic that Dana refers to her place of employment as a slave market. If she survives the time travelling and referrs to work, how might her views have changed?
  • Give a personal response to the following quote from page 56:

                              ” My aunt and uncle said I could write in my spare time if I wanted to… Meanwhile, for the real future, I was to take something sensible in school if I expected them to support me.”

  • On page 59, Dana says, referring to Kevin, ” I wished he were back home. In this place, he was probably better protection for me than free papers would have been, but I didn’t want him here. I didn’t want this place to touch him except through me.” Explain Dana’s reasoning, whether you agree or disagree, and tell how you can relate to her feelings.
  • Read the following definition of suspension of disbelief and then re-read pages 61-65. In these pages, how is Dana asking Rufus to supend his disbelief? Would you have done things the same or differently if you were Dana? How would you have reacted if you were Rufus?

                         “Willing Suspension of Disbelief”

Term used to describe the phenomenon in which an audience, while watching a movie, is willing to accept the movie as reality and to believe the story, drawing the audience more fully into the story. Without a willing suspension of disbelief, the audience does not enjoy a movie to its fullest because it is viewed as a fiction or falsity, and so the audience does not relate to the movie and its characters or develop emotions and feelings about them. The audience must be able to accept the film as plausible and possible–they must stop disbelieving.

  • On page 70, Dana discovers why no one in the past (except for Rufus) seems to like or trust her. What does she discover? Could something like this ever happen today? Explain.

Peer Blogging

  • read and respond to one blog entry written by one of your peers. Your response should be approximatelty 150 words long and have adequate detail

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