Now that we've competed V for Vendetta, we're going to look at one of its inspirations:
American Essayist Henry David Thoreau's writing on peaceful resistance of corrupt power.
Our goal is to compare and contrast Thoreau's theories of resistance with V's, and as always
to focus on the crucial role played by language in shaping and communicating that message.
Along with Thoreau's "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" we'll read four short stories:
-Edgar Allan Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death"
-Herman Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street"
-Ursula K. LeGuin's "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas"
Our motto for this unit is a quote from the last author, LeGuin, upon receiving a lifetime award for her science fiction: "Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art - very often in our art, the art of words." How do these writers encourage resistance, and what shape might that resistance take in our own lives?