This week we spent the majority of our class time workshopping for our ‘What is Literature?’ projects. I am working with Emmy and we chose to look at characterization and symbolism. The characterization paper I found very interesting being able to learn about the different ways authors chose to present information about characters. Most likely you are going to learn character traits and such information from an indirect presentation, allowing us to see their traits through their actions. A direct presentation is useful, but it does not make the piece of literature very interesting.
When I was reading my SSR book, A Clockwork Orange, I did notice that Alex does not explicitly say that he is a bad malchick or that he was a changed malchick after he was released from jail. Once you start reading and get farther into the book you begin to see that Alex and his droogs doing horrendous activities. By seeing his actions, and not reading he “was a bad boy” or “he was a good boy,” I was able to infer that Anthony Burgess-the author-used direct presentation.
The symbolism portion of the project is a little more difficult to grasp. I don’t want to go overboard when I’m looking for symbolism, but I also don’t want to go under board. I think the problem that I’m having is that I am afraid that I am going to find too many symbols so I just take everything literally. Hopefully when we are done with the project, I will be better at finding symbols and not scared of them, but as of right now I am still slightly scared of them.
This is an accurate depiction of me looking for symbolism.