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					Homework: Down and Out in Paris and London

After you’ve completed the assigned reading you will have completed most of the novel. Once you’ve written your
dialectical journal for the assigned reading, write down 2-3 ways in which Orwell characterizes poverty, preliminary
evaluations of those characterizations, and brief notes about what you’ll look for in your research that might connect to that
evaluation. For each entry, you’re basically answering three questions: “What does Orwell say about poverty?”, “What
do I think of that?”, and “What should I look for in my research to test or confirm that evaluation?” Each entry
should look something like this.

-While much of Down and Out in Paris and London details the pain and humiliation of poverty, Orwell also
suggests that poverty can create the conditions for deep camaraderie, for intense fraternal bonds among the
poor that might not be available in a more bourgeois environment.

-I suspect that this aspect of Orwell’s characterization is sentimental and romantic, that he was only able to
arrive at this characterization because he was essentially a tourist in the world of poverty.

-In my research I might look for depictions of, or information about, the brute realities of poverty and
poverty’s capacity to dissolve bonds among the poor.

By drafting these ahead of time, you will have some sense of what to look out for as you begin your research. Keep these
potential theses in mind as you read through your sources.

These don’t have to be polished, but try to make them as focused and specific as possible. A statement like, “Orwell shows
that poverty has many negative effects on communities” probably won’t do you much good.




Homework: Down and Out in Paris and London

After you’ve completed the assigned reading you will have completed most of the novel. Once you’ve written your
dialectical journal for the assigned reading, write down 2-3 ways in which Orwell characterizes poverty, preliminary
evaluations of those characterizations, and brief notes about what you’ll look for in your research that might connect to that
evaluation. For each entry, you’re basically answering three questions: “What does Orwell say about poverty?”, “What
do I think of that?”, and “What should I look for in my research to test or confirm that evaluation?” Each entry
should look something like this.

-While much of Down and Out in Paris and London details the pain and humiliation of poverty, Orwell also
suggests that poverty can create the conditions for deep camaraderie, for intense fraternal bonds among the
poor that might not be available in a more bourgeois environment.

-I suspect that this aspect of Orwell’s characterization is sentimental and romantic, that he was only able to
arrive at this characterization because he was essentially a tourist in the world of poverty.

-In my research I might look for depictions of, or information about, the brute realities of poverty and
poverty’s capacity to dissolve bonds among the poor.

By drafting these ahead of time, you will have some sense of what to look out for as you begin your research. Keep these
potential theses in mind as you read through your sources.

These don’t have to be polished, but try to make them as focused and specific as possible. A statement like, “Orwell shows
that poverty has many negative effects on communities” probably won’t do you much good.

				
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