Double-Entry Dialectical Journal – DUE September 5, 2012 One of the best ways to engage with a literary text (story, novel, poem, play) is to have a conversation with it. The Double-Entry Dialectical Journal allows one to do just that. It can be used for many purposes: understanding a text or its passages deeply, class discussions, short assignments, and as a means for generating ideas for analytical papers. The journal can be formatted by drawing a line down the center of a page (though it’s better to use facing pages, which will allow more room to write) OR on an electronic document (as below) creating a table with one row and two columns. Choose from the following prompts below, making a minimum of 10 complete entries per section of Fahrenheit 451 for a total of thirty. Each section has a title: The Hearth and the Salamander, The Sieve and the Sand, and Burning Bright. Keep your journaling varied by choosing different options described on the right-hand side. Be thorough in your exploration, use plenty of specific references to the text in your responses. Each of the options on the right-hand side counts as one of the thirty entries required for this assignment. Left-Hand Side Right-Hand Side Page Number and Quote Your Analysis Choose a passage from the text. Copy this down carefully. If it is Options for annotations: more than a few sentences in length, then use an ellipsis (…) between the first and last sentences. Use this format for each of the Make connections with the text: look for ways to relate the text (such as following prompt options. the characters, the action, or themes, etc.) to the world itself, to your own life, etc. Analyze and discuss. What is the author saying about life? What might his/her purpose be in writing this passage? How does this particular passage contribute to the work as a whole? Analyze and discuss. Identify examples of figurative language such as simile, metaphor, personification, symbols, imagery, etc. and try to define what “effect” they create for the reader: Mood? Feeling? Setting? Characterization? Analyze and discuss. How does this passage relate in some way to society’s treatment of race, class, gender, religion, other social issues, etc.? Can you identify conflict - man v. self, man v. man, man v. society, man v. nature? Analyze and discuss. Word Choice: How does the use of one or more particular words in a passage (their connotation) create meaning? Analyze and discuss. EXAMPLE OF ONE QUOTE: EXAMPLE OF ONE ANALYSIS: This is our first introduction to the text. Bradbury has loaded this passage with figurative language. We Page 3 – “It was a pleasure to burn…his hands were like the meet Guy Montag for the first time participating in what he seems to find the joyous act of destruction. The fire imagery is rampant: hands of some amazing conductor playing all of the “blackened and changed” – blazing and burning” – “tatters and symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters charcoal”. Perhaps fire will become a motif in this novel. The metaphor and charcoal ruins of history.” of a fire hose as a “great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world” provides the reader with idea that the act of burning is deadly, perhaps even evil as snakes are often associated with Satan and the Garden of Eden. Additionally, the connotation of the word venomous instead of poisonous seems to imply the intention to do ill, as venomous animals use their venom to kill and poisonous plants do not seek out death. The next metaphor of Montag’s hands as those of a conductor “playing all of the symphonies” conveys the odd idea that there is some kind of harmony in this act of destruction. It seems that Montag loved this destructive action, but the author’s use of figurative language provides the reader with the idea that this is harmful.
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