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?

Thursday, 2 February 2012


We began the lesson by discussing whether or not we would want immortality if we had the option.

- Some said yes, as they would like to live forever and experience the changes of the world, though they would like to stay youthful during this.

- Others disagreed with this, as they felt it was unnatural and would not like to outlive their families. Also, they stated that by living forever, you would have nothing to live for.

We then looked at four different comic strips, each consisting of the same story, told in different ways. We identified the narrative aspects of each comic strip.

- The first was retrospective, as the character was looking back on the previous situation. Also, the man was characterising himself, his language displayed him as confident, with a sense of heroism. We identfied him as an unreliable narrator. This is because the comic strip consisted of his point of view only. Also, it included homodiegetic narration, as the man was in the world of the story he was telling.

- The second was also retrospective. Intradiegetic narration was included, as the narrator was telling a story, within a story. This is also known as framing. The setting displays structural contrast, as he begins in a bar, showing he is unstable, and is then seen in an office, displaying a sense of independence, alongside stability. This comic strip included analepsis, as was thinking about the past, though prolepsis is also included as he flashes foward in the final image. Embeded narrative is included, as the man refers to Jessica's speech.

- The third comic strip was homodiegetic, as the narrator was included in the story. We identified that this comic strip started with what we previously saw as the end, as the first image is of the man looking in the fridge. This strip was rather personal, as it was from the narrators perspective. Also, the naration was concurrent.

- The fourth comic strip consisted of a fantasy theme, displaying a complete change in genre. Also the language within this strip was different to the previous language style we had seen in the other comic strips. Whilst this strip consisted of similar features to the other ones, it had a very different story.

ANALEPSIS = flashback, previous memories.

PROLEPSIS = flash foward, current or future situations.

We then read Tithonus, who was the brother of Priyam, the King of Troy. We focused on the opening and found the following aspects included:

- Iambic pentameters, which makes the speech sound like it is dragging, as is his life.

- Both interior and dialogic dramatic monologue. This emphasises how lonely Tithonus is feeling, as Aurora is unable to speak.

- lack of enjambment. This symbolises that everything within the opening verse is dying, as there is no flow and the lines are just ending.

- The language in the opening verse is very dark, and lifeless. "Decay...weep...wither." This symbolises the current state of Tithonus, and demonstrates his old age.

- Line 5 of the first verse is a dactylic trimeter. The rhythm is stressed, unstressed, unstressed, and there are three iams. This shift in verse demonstrates that Tithonus is different to others, and does not belong, similar to this line, which is different to the iambic pentameter within the opening verse. It also shows the shift from him speaking about the setting, to him speaking about himself.


  1. This is a really informative blog. When I re-read through the poem, I noticed that there was repitition when using the word 'cold' in lines 65 and 66. This could show how lifeless Tithonus feels, and how even though he has immortatility, he would rather die than remain alive and old.

  2. A really good blog :)
    Thanks for adding analepsis and prolepsis.

  3. Great blog, very detailed. This will really help me when it comes to practising writing for the exam. Also, I like how you've mentioned clear description of the new linguistic terms.
    The meter changing from iambic to dactylic emphasises Tithonus' loneliness.

  4. Really good blog! Thanks for reminding me the different types of dramatic monolgues, including the analepsis and prolepsis

  5. A really detailed blog, goes through everything we done in class. I especially like the recap on the comic strip activity.


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