One way to think about the style of literary analysis we employ in English II Honors is that we see writing as a form of cultural criticism. It's not about the individual author so much as the cultural environment that produced them and their works. Culture is what we do with nature, the world we create by attaching shared human meanings to . All of us are a product of the intersecting ideological beliefs and social patterns which make up a culture. This doesn't mean we aren't individuals as well, but we share a common space of meaning, in the same way fish share the ocean. Just as fish don't notice the water after a while, so we come to take culture as "normal," the one proper way to be a human. This writing exercise is about becoming aware of the ways culture shapes so we can critically interrogate it.
For this post, you can do one of two things:
-Give your own take on how culture has shaped you. Examples are key here.
-Respond to someone else's take with a comment and an open-ended question.
Either way, you should write a full paragraph demonstrating your ability to critically analyze cultural influences.This is worth ten points.
Mr. Justin Biggs