The Purpose of this Blog

Your task on this blog is to write a brief summary of what we learned in class today. Include enough detail so that someone who was ill or missed the lesson can catch up with what they missed. Over the course of the term, these 'class scribe' posts will grow to be a guide book for the course, written by students for students.

With each post ask yourself the following questions:
1) Is this good enough for our guide book?
2) Will your post enable someone who wasn't here to catch up?
3) Would a graphic/video/link help to illustrate what we have learned?

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

How can you tell what a person is like?

Last lesson we looked at how one can tell what a person is like. The lesson began with an interesting starter, we were asked to write all the things that we looked at, in order to reach a conclusion about someone before we me them, for example: what the person is wearing, their facial expression, weight (don’t ask, it’s in my book) and even skin colour, which was controversial but nevertheless unfortunately true.

Then we moved on to reviewing chapter 12 and 14. In this we said, usually chapters are established for us at the beginning of the novel, Joe, Clarissa and Jed are all established in the opening three chapters, we are clear about their appearance and have an idea as to their personalities and motivations.

Jean Logan is a minor, yet important character in enduring love. We then read the description in the story of jean Logan and her house on page 108 to 110 and noted the detail McEwen uses to introduce the character and the setting.

After reading the extract, we had to find quotes and derive meaning and implications from them here is a few I made earlier lool

“The smell of dump coal and soap” – contrast between dirty, dark and obscure things with much more positive clean things

“Of course, of course” – impatience, expectant, anxious

“Her nose was sharpened and bloomed pink at the tip” – (i thought it was pink because she was cold, only to be embarrassed by the whole class) shows curiosity, sharp faced, beautiful.

Yahaya :D


  1. good post yahaya..i think Jean Logan is included in the book because she is a contribution to the plot

  2. (adding to the "Last lesson we looked at how one can tell what a person is like")

    through the authors narration of the character

  3. I think that Jean Logan is in a way a warning for Joe, as Clarrissa can easily become like her - doubtful.
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