Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Dear Juniors,
If you missed class, we completed the following:

1. Everyone was given AW #5 "Your pants may power up your ipod. " This article is due on Wednesday, October 3rd....5-7/page/ALL COLORS.
2. We then discussed AW #4 entitled "Cloning: Is it Good or Bad?" Everyone submitted their article for credit.
2. We  reviewed the five paragraph essay structure. Your next assignment involves writing a two body paragraph paper. In order for this to occur, I assisted the students in "triangling" the two body paragraphs that they will write. The THESIS for the assignment is the following:
Irony plays a significant role in "The Open Window," "The Dinner Party" and "The Alchemist's Secret," as it adds a heightened sense of anxiety to the reader, causing them to feel more engaged with each short story.
3. We then proceeded to complete the triangle format for the five paragraph essay structure, omitting the introductory and concluding paragraphs. THIS IS THE EXAMPLE THAT WE  wrote together. Use this as a model for the other two body paragraphs you need to write. We discussed situational irony in "The Open Window." So, the other body paragraphs  will separately discuss Verbal Irony and Dramatic Irony.

“The Open Window” by Saki uses Situational Irony to create a sense of excitement through unanswered questions, which causes the audience to second guess themselves. This type of irony occurs when the audience does not anticipate a certain outcome.  “The Open Window” begins with a conversation between a fifteen year old character named Vera, and a neighbor named, Mr. Frampton, who has come to introduce himself to his new neighbors.  Vera introduces herself and begins to share a story with Mr. Frampton concerning her uncle, who left through the open window in the lounge and never returned. She states, “Out through that window, three years ago to a day, my aunt’s husband and her two young brothers went off for their day’s shooting. They never came back. …….they were all engulfed in a treacherous piece of bog. Their bodies were never recovered.”  As she shares this tale with Frampton, both his character and the audience believe her.  Both the character and the reader experience alarm and question Vera when her uncle and cousins miraculously return through the open window. The reader recognizes that they have been fooled along with Frampton, causing both parties to understand that what they consider as fact, was in reality completely false; consequently, situational irony has taken place. A second example concerning S.I. with “The Open Widow” takes place at the end of the story.  Mr. Frampton assumes that the individuals he sees returning through the window are in fact dead. He runs from the house in fear. Vera, in order to protect herself, creates an additional lie about Mr. Frampton’s behavior. She tells her aunt that, “He fell into a open grave and had dogs barking around him.”  This makes this statement because Frampton runs from the house upon seeing the “dead” host return with his young spaniel. The host and hostess do not understand his behavior, and Vera must tell another lie so they do not grasp her significant deceit. This illustrates another example regarding Situational Irony because the audience begins to question her a second time.  ADD THE CONCLUDING SENTENCE ON YOUR OWN

1. AW #5 "Your pants may power up your ipod" is due on Wed. October 3rd.
2. Body paragraphs 2 and 3 are due on THURSDAY. Please write them in color.