Hamlet and House of Leaves
You will need to write a one page journal entry for each reading assignment. Double spaced, MLA format etc. A page for each act. Hamlet has five acts so each act is one assigment. So Act 1, act 2, act 3, act 4, and act 5. You don’t need to actually read the whole book, just summarize from Sparknotes but use the book for quotes and example to strengthen your point.
The other book is House of Leaves. Two assigments. House of Leave is from page 1-40 as one reading assigment and page 40-245 for the second reading assigment.
You will be required to perform a one-page literary analysis. These analyses should take a single literary term (e.g., irony) and discuss the presence and function of that term in the work. Note that sloppy proofreading will result in a lowered score.
Look at the sample journey below to have an idea on how to write this
Sample journal entry, Hamlet, and House of Leaves all attached in the files below.
In the short story, “Popular Mechanics,” Raymond Carver plays with literal versus implied meanings of words and actions.
Carver uses the word “but” in order to contrast his literal and implied meaning. Carver writes, “Cars slushed by on the street outside, where it was getting dark. But it was getting dark on the inside too” (Carver 123). This first sentence literally suggests that the sun is setting and we are approaching night time. It can be logically inferred that when it gets dark outside, it becomes dark inside houses too. However, Carver uses the word “but,” which is a word used to introduce something different from what has already been mentioned. Through the use of “but,” Carver implies that not only the lighting, but also the mood inside the room is getting darker.
Through the lack of possession in regards to the baby, Carver allows us to think about the implied sentiment towards the child. The man says, “I want the baby” (Carver 124). When the baby begins to cry the woman says, “Oh, Oh[… ] looking at the baby” (Carver 124). The couple are in literal terms talking to and want the baby. However, there is no possession used when referring to the baby. Carver does not write, “I want my baby” or “looking at her baby,” but instead uses “the.” This implies that either the baby is not theirs or that there is a sense of detachment towards the child.
Carver uses the knocking down of a flower pot to suggest a foreshadowing of death. Carver writes, “In the scuffle they knocked down a flower pot that hung behind the stove” (Carver 124). The literal implication of this scene is that they are violently fighting so that things are knocked down. However, the flower pot can also be a symbol of a living thing, and their bickering unintentionally causes the death of life.
Carver plays with the definitions of words in order to contrast the literal and implied meaning of a sentence when he says, “In this manner, the issue was decided” (Carver 125).
In a literal point of view, Carver proposes that the couple is not fighting anymore. However, through the selective diction of “issue” and “decided,” Carver suggests that the baby is dead. One definition of “issue” is “a discharge (as of blood) from the body” (Merriam- Webster Dictionary). One definition of “decided” is “unquestionable” (Merriam- Webster Dictionary). Thus, the implied meaning is that the blood spurting from the baby was beyond doubt. Another definition of “issue” is “offspring” (Merriam- Webster Dictionary). Further, the etymology of the word “decided,” comes from the latinde- “off” and caedere”to cut” (Merriam- Webster Dictionary). Thus, another interpretation suggests that the baby was ripped apart.