AP Lit

AP Lit

“Videotape” by Don Delillo
SHORT STORY
Summary: A girl accidentally records the murder of a man on her videotape. The recording goes viral.
Themes:
We have become indifferent to violence because of the media – catharsis. Deadening aspect of technology. Distances us from the people involved.
The media is taking over our lives.
“The Wife’s Story” by Ursula LeGuin
SHORT STORY
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Themes: Betrayal, always another side to things – they are not always as they appear (like Rappaccini’s daughter), love for husband vs love for children.
“Miriam” by Truman Capote
SHORT STORY
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Themes: A portrayal of loneliness – perhaps we retreat into ourselves, hallucinations, into our past because we cannot find gratification in the present, old age?
“Family Supper” by Kazuo Ishiguro
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“Mockingbird” by Laurie Berry
SHORT STORY
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Themes: … the author conveys the superficiality of young love and shows how easily it can be torn apart.
“A Man Told Me The Story Of His Life” by Grace Paley
SHORT STORY
Summary: A guy called Vicente wants to be a doctor but is forced by his teachers and principal to become an engineer. He joins the army as a cook. He saves his wife’s life – was able to identify the source of her pain when the doctor couldn’t.
Themes: Society or authority figures do not always know what is best for us.
“Molibi” by Leigh Hancock
SHORT STORY
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Theme: The author believes that a reverence for people of authority can blind us to their true intentions. Teachers and students. Some see innocence and strive to protect it while others long to corrupt it.
“The Mayor of the Sister City Speaks to the Chamber of Commerce in Klamath Falls, Oregon” by Michael Martone
SHORT STORY
Summary: Multiple perspectives, translator with conflicted loyalties, mayor who never had a chance to express his strong emotions,
Themes: How difficult it is to put ourselves in the place of others and truly understand their perspectives
“The Stone Boy” by Gina Berriault
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“Rappaccini’s Daughter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
SHORT STORY
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Themes: Intuition and love over science, Innocent, Playing God, Gotta embrace the good and the bad in the people we love
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
NOVEL
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[Finny: Had the ability to keep himself untainted by the evil of the world. A Christ figure. Fatal flaw: a certain lack of empathy (because he is so perfect).]
Themes: A statement against people who say you should NOT be innocence, experience is everything.
All My Sons by Arthur Miller
PLAY
Characters: Joe Keller, Chris Keller, Larry Keller (R.I.P), Mrs Keller, Anne, George, Steve
Summary: Ann Deever was engaged to Larry, distraught when he dies while at war (everyone thinks he’s MIA). Chris Keller loves her and she loves him but Mrs Keller is adamant that he’ll come back. It is revealed that Joe screwed Ann’s father over and sent him to prison – to keep the Keller family safe (and shipped a bunch of faulty airplane parts that possibly killed a lot of pilots). Chris is shocked. Ann reveals that Larry’s death was possibly a suicide. Chris comes home and both he and Joe agree that Joe should fess up – Joe then shoots himself.
Themes: Need to treat all humans as though they are your own family (pilots, Steve). Capitalistic society can sometimes drive people to be immoral and irrational.
Summary of Oedipus
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Christ figure/tragic hero
Tragic hero is someone who is caught between heaven and earth. Isolated from other people, no one else like him so no one can appreciate what he’s going through. Revolting against the status quo. Does not need to be religious. Brings a certain new unique ideology.
Eg. Hercules, Prometheus, Adam
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
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Zoo Story by Edward Albee
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“Snake” by D.H. Lawrence
POEM
Summary:A boy/man goes down to his water trough for a drink one afternoon and watches as a potentially poisonous snake peacefully hangs about and drinks water. He does nothing (and in fact admires the snake) till the snake turns to leave and then throws a log at it and regrets it immediately.
Themes: People react to things they are ignorant about with fear or violence. The conflict between what we are taught by society and our internal feelings. Id/superego.
“Blueprint”
POEM
Summary: Adam is grateful for Eve because she opens his eyes to the world. Argues against Eve’s bad girl image.
Theme: Turning gender roles on their head. A more accurate look at the modern woman. Be grateful for women with a vision! GENDER ROLES. Not stereotypes.
“Original Sin” by Robinson Jeffers
POEM
Summary: The poem talks about cavemen roasting a mammoth, the beginning of man’s ruthlessness and killing (even though we are aware of the pain caused).
Theme: Humans are the worst of the worst! You should be kind – everyone suffers, and everyone is vicious. Do not willfully cause someone else suffering.
“Fern Hill” by Dylan Thomas
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“Metaphors” by Sylvia Plath
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“The Parable of the Old Man and the Young” by Wilfred Owen
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“The Real Hero” by Yehuda Amichai
POEM
Summary: The ram was the real hero in the Abraham/Isaac story.
Theme: He has a hard time admiring God or Abraham in this story and the ram was the real hero – he truly saved Isaac because he ultimately paid the price, sacrificed himself for the belief systems of other people. Looks at old stories with a fresh eye, scrutinizes the story.
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“Long Story” by Stephen Dobyns
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“The Journey of the Magi” by T.S. Eliot
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Creation
STORY
Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, the Fall
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Cain and Abel
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The sacrifice of Isaac
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Story of Christ
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Archetypes
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Exposition, crisis, resolution
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Existentialism
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Theater of the Absurd
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Alienation
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Oedipus and Godot
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Id, ego, superego
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Darwin, Marx, Freud
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THEME
In _________ by ________, the author wishes to convey _______ because __________.
Allusion
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How can life be made more meaningful?
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Explain the theme, describe the style of writing, show how the style and structure help the author express the theme more forcefully
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Short story: “The Wife’s Story” by Ursula LeGuin
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Individuals are often in conflict with the societies in which they live. Describe both the individual and the society, show the conflict between the two, discuss how the conflict is resolved (if at all) and how it connects to the theme.
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