The topic for this blog is relations of power. Both Cuckoo's Nest and Streetcar deal with dominating figures, Big Nurse and Stanley, who force their own will on others through the use of both physical and psychological intimidation. And in both cases, there are some, like Billy Bibbit and Blanche, who crack under the pressure, while others, like McMurphy and Stella, refuse to simply accept oppressive treatment. Your goal is choose two characters to compare and contrast in terms of their approach to the struggle for power that defines both the Hospital and the Kowalski apartment. Include a quotation from each character, explained in depth and linked to your thesis about how (and WHY) the two characters differ. Your response should be a paragraph long, following the guidelines for paragraph structure in the initial summer reading post.. We'll talk about how to approach this assignment (and the reaction paper due the first day of class) at the August Workshops.
Speaking of which...
The workshops were supposed to be NEXT week, August 10, 11, 12 and 13, but there was a mistake on the website saying they were THIS week. So, Mr. Canning will be running a workshop tomorrow for anyone who can only make it those days, and I will be at the school Wednesday and Thursday in case anyone is unavailable next week. However, if you are free both weeks, Mr. Canning and I will both be there on the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th as well, assuming people still show up. Any questions, email JBiggs@rbrhs.org.
Mr. Justin Biggs