Read the following in preparation for submitting written assignment 2

1.  Read the following in preparation for submitting written assignment 2:

Textbook

  • Henry David Thoreau, pp. 900-902
  • Walden
    • “Where I Lived, and What I Lived for,” pp. 962-972
    • “Conclusion,” pp. 990-996 (beginning with “I left the woods . . .”)

The house with the “pretty mistress”

Nathaniel Hawthorne

 

“Young Goodman Brown” and “My Kinsman, Major Molineux” are stories of young men on journeys that are both real and allegorical. I have found that studying the two together can be helpful in gaining a better understanding of Hawthorne. To lighten your writing load, I am only requiring that you answer written questions about “My Kinsman, Major Molineux” and then to write a short paragraph on Goodman Brown. This paragraph is a new part of the assignment. I used to assign a comparison/contrast of the two stories, but I was not seeing original thought in those paragraphs.

 

“My Kinsman, Major Molineux”

 

To be honest, this story is like so many of Hawthorne’s stories. We could delve deeply into symbolism and hidden meanings; however, I plan to stay more “on the surface” with this one. That does not mean that this will be a simple and easy analysis of the story, though. I have taught this several times in earlier years and decided to add it back into the mix of Hawthorne stories because I have always liked it, I think it is easy to read, and it is great for helping you understand Hawthorne.

 

Before you read, review the themes found in Hawthorne, specifically the subconscious, loss of innocence, and ambiguity. You can find these themes in Content.

 

Robin Molineux is on a quest – a “real” one and an allegorical one. That will be the focus of the questions. Also, note that the first paragraph of the story describes the local unpopularity of the royally appointed Colonial governors in the American Colonies during the seventeenth century. This information serves as an important “preface” to the story. As you read on, you will understand why.

 

1. The first scene of the story shows Robin crossing the river on a ferry boat. What details do we learn in this scene about his situation and his character? (Think of his name – What does the name “Robin” bring to mind? Notice his dress, his physical features, age, etc. READ CLOSELY.)

 

2. Robin’s town adventures as he searches for his kinsman teach him something about life and the world. Briefly describe the experiences he has in the three successive scenes, commenting on my questions below.

a. The barber shop – Notice the laughter as he leaves the barber shop. How does he interpret this laughter? Is he really the “shrewd youth” he thinks he is?

b. The tavern – Again he encounters laughter, and again, “with his usual shrewdness,” he thinks he knows why they are laughing. Comment on this.

c. The house with the “pretty mistress” – What does this scene tell you about his kinsman? Does Robin understand the temptation he is facing?

 

Again, as he rounds the corner, he seems “to hear the sound of drowsy laughter stealing along the solitary street.” Why do you think Hawthorne continues to include laughter? What is the irony here? Think of how Robin sees himself (as shrewd) vs. the reality of the situation.

 

3. Robin is now determined to find his kinsman. He asks the watchman, who does not answer him, and then wanders until he finds himself outside a church. He demands of a stranger an answer to his question, “Whereabouts is the dwelling of my kinsman, Major Molineux?” What is the man’s answer? Describe the man and comment on what Hawthorne might be symbolizing in such a man. This one is tough; just think about the fact that he is two-faced, and neither face represents “good.”

 

4. If you think of this journey allegorically, Robin is an innocent country youth who about to “come of age.” The scene of Robin waiting outside the church is turning point in this journey. First, notice the dreamlike qualities of the scene; Hawthorne uses phrases like “beautiful strangeness,” “ghostly indistinctness,” “sleep-inspiring sound,” “low, dull, dreamy sound,” “drowsy influence,” etc.

a. How does his view of the church’s interior affect him?

b. What happens in his imaginative re-creation of the evening in his father’s house?

Notice the question he asks himself, “Am I here, or there?” As his mind keeps “vibrating between fancy and reality,” he finds himself between the innocence of his youth and the realities of life.

 

5. Shortly after this scene, Robin has his first friendly encounter, a man who joins him in his wait and listens to him talk about his adventures. What does Robin learn from him? Consider the gentleman’s comments on the two-faced man leading the procession.

 

6. As the procession appears, there is a momentary lessening of noise, and then there is a peal of laughter. What has happened? Why does Robin eventually join in this laugher?

 

7. Notice the kind gentleman (from question #5) and his role at the end of the story. After the procession goes by, Robin has changed. The gentleman inquires, “Well, Robin, are you dreaming?” What is the significance of this question? What do you make of Hawthorne’s description of Robin: “His cheek was somewhat pale, and his eye not quite as lively as in the earlier part of the evening”? Why does the gentleman encourage Robin to remain in the city? He calls Robin a “shrewd youth.” Is this now true?

 

 

Goodman Brown

 

Do you consider Goodman Brown to be a sympathetic or an unsympathetic character? Write a paragraph about Brown that answers the question. Use one of the two following approaches:

 

· Write a paragraph that begins with your answer to the question and gives at least three specific reasons from the text that support your analysis of Brown as sympathetic or unsympathetic.

 

· If you can sincerely see Goodman Brown in both lights, write a paragraph of at least three points that first acknowledges the other view but then explains your stance. Your view should be stronger, so be sure to write more about your position than you write about the opposing view.

What did you learn from this reading that you did not already know?

Reflection Prompts:

  1. After watching the videos, consider how algorithms work and explain how societal stereotypes and biases might be perpetuated by algorithms. Provide at least one example of this. Several are mentioned in the second video, but you are welcome to use Google or another search engine to find an example. (150 word minimum excluding citation)
  2. Answer the following about the reading that you selected:
    1. Title and author
    2. Main idea (3-5 sentences)
    3. What did you learn from this reading that you did not already know? (Note: if you did not learn anything new, go back and select a different reading). (200 word minimum).

Develop a plan or visual tool to take notes about each search engine, main theme, URL, and a section of the chapter this would be used.

Create a procedure to follow for reviewing article abstracts. This can be similar to a standard operating procedure or in a format you prefer. A flow chart or similar model can also be used. Assume you will use this method when you begin your own chapter 2.

Begin your procedure with the following:

  1. Include at least three steps for determining if the abstract has the main points related to your topic.
  2. Outline how or what you will look for in the abstract. This information will be what prompts you to open the full-text article.

In the next step of the procedure:

  1. Develop a plan or visual tool to take notes about each search engine, main theme, URL, and a section of the chapter this would be used.

For example, chapter 2 begins with an introduction for the reader about your topic, next to a paragraph of how and where you found the literature, then the theoretical or conceptual framework, and then finally the main content of the chapter. The main content is categorized by you and how your literature develops.

Examine how the artist of the second work captured the subject or story of the f

Option 1

Choose a work of art from any genre that depicts or tells the story of a real life event from any time period, such as The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon and the Coronation of Empress Joséphine on December 2, 1804 by Jacques Louis David.

  • Include the title and the artist and some background of the event.
  • What is the relationship between the work of art and the event?
  • Did the artist depict the event accurately?
  • Does the artist make changes regarding the event? If so, why do you think the artist made these changes?
  • Examine the artist’s message in the depiction.
  • Support your point(s) with a statement from the artist.

or

Option 2

Choose a work to discuss from one genre that interprets a work from another genre.

  • Include the title, artist, and description of both works.
  • Examine how the artist of the second work captured the subject or story of the first.
  • Support your point(s) with a statement from the second artist that discusses the influence, reasoning, or interpretation of the original work on the second work.

Explain why you made the choices you have made, and how these two factors currently impact your personal and, if you so desire, your professional life

Week 2 Discussion

·250 words minimum; 2 scholarly references

Book:

Molloy, M. (2020). Experiencing the World’s Religions (8th Edition). McGraw-Hill Higher Education (US). use this link to access the book:  https://savantlearningsystems.vitalsource.com/books/9781260813746

What is the future of religion?

Chapter 12 of the textbook surveys many factors which, taken together, are influencing the current path of religious expression, and will influence the future stretch, reach, and continuity of religion in today’s world.

Here are seven factors discussed in Chapter 12, under the heading of “Modern Influences on the Future of Religion.”

· Multiculturalism and Interfaith Dialogue

· Women’s Rights Movements

· Reassessment of Human Sexuality

· Science and Technology

· Science and Ethical Issues

· Secularism

· Environmental Challenges

Choose any two of these seven factors, the two that seem the most important to you.

Explain why you made the choices you have made, and how these two factors currently impact your personal and, if you so desire, your professional life. And how these two factors are likely to affect your religious choices in the future.

For example, let’s say you have chosen Women’s Rights Movements, because as a woman, you feel “called” to the Christian ministry, and yet the church you attend does not believe in ordaining women.   You face the choice of leaving this denomination, or fighting with those like-minded to effect change.

Discuss the principal reasons for any apparent proportional decline, particularly of Protestant denominations, in contemporary America

For your Unit 2 Complete assignment

Book:

Molloy, M. (2020). Experiencing the World’s Religions (8th Edition). McGraw-Hill Higher Education (US). use this link to access the book:  https://savantlearningsystems.vitalsource.com/books/9781260813746

This week, we explored faith in America, historically, and as it differs from generation to generation. In particular, we looked at the branches of Christianity prevalent in America and the apparent decline of mainline Protestant denominations.

Based on Internet research of reputable sources, and an exploration of Bethel Library holdings, analyze the current state of three different American denominations (these three may be chosen from any branch of Christian tradition).

•          Consider briefly the overall demographics, geographical influence, and any especially unique or distinguishing elements of practice or belief for each of the three groups.

•          Consider what current generational differences in attitudes can be found toward the role of religion in personal and public life among members of each group. Be sure to consider what might account for any differences you observe.

•          Discuss the principal reasons for any apparent proportional decline, particularly of Protestant denominations, in contemporary America. If one of the groups you’re discussing is not in decline, note why.

In “The Way to Wealth,” Franklin stresses the importance of frugality.

In “The Way to Wealth,” Franklin stresses the importance of frugality. He uses several aphorisms to depict this. One that deeply resonated with me is “beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.” Over the last five years, I have worked with cutting back on unnecessary expenses. Social media advertises that you need these luxuries and that to prove that one is successful. It is almost seen as a must to indulge in excessive clothing purchases and expensive trips every week. We are encouraged to “treat ourselves,” but at some point, I had to step back and ask, when does treating yourself become overindulgence? Over time “treating” ourselves add up and the consequences from our actions catch up with us.

“The best communication is simple and direct!”

 Joe Gibbs is a masterful communicator because he can connect with any audience and effectively share his ideas. This week you’ve learned the different techniques leaders like Coach use to communicate with confidence.

Now, think of a leader or presenter whose communication has made an impact on you. (Maybe it’s a politician, a teacher, a coach, or a boss.) What communication techniques does this person use? Is there a particular technique you’ve learned this week that you would like to use in the future?

 

COMMUNICATING WITH CONFIDENCE

“The best communication is simple and direct!” – Coach Gibbs

Coach knows that winning is not just about having a game plan full of great plays. It’s about communicating those plays with confidence to lead your team to success. Communicating with confidence means connecting with people and getting your ideas across in a way that shows you believe in yourself and your own ability to be successful. It’s an essential skill for any leader trying to “sell their vision” to others, because it encourages people to believe in YOU and YOUR IDEAS.

This week Coach Gibbs will share his tips for communicating with confidence. You will also learn how confident communication will help you achieve your goals and reach your purpose!

You received an invitation from the president of the school board asking you to deliver an informative speech at your local high school.

You received an invitation from the president of the school board asking you to deliver an informative speech at your local high school. Because students at the school are currently studying global warming, the president of the school board would like for you to address this topic as well.

Present your attention grabber and explain why it effectively captures the audience’s attention.