Reading Reaction 1 Due Friday

4 Dec

Your first reading reaction will be due on Friday.  Your job is to write at least 150-200 words about a line, phrase, quote or excerpt from your independent reading book.  Choose a line from the book that affects you in some way.  It might make you think, wonder, or question things.  Try not to simply discuss how it is important to the book, instead bring it out side of the book and into real life.  Below are two examples I did with Of Mice and Men.  The first one is not what I’m looking for, but is more typical of how most people (from my experience) would approach this assignment.  The second one is more in line with what the assignment calls for.  I want you to think.  I want you to question.  I want you to notice how the words of the book affect our lives.  Post it on by Friday.


Of Mice and Men Reading Reaction

Important Quote:

“Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other”(19)

Example 1.

This quote was said by Slim to George when they were talking about how George and Lennie travel together.  It is an important quote because it helps show how lonely everyone on the ranch was.  All of the other guys on the ranch don’t travel with anyone else.  Slim thinks it’s because they are all afraid of each other.  This means that most of the workers on the ranch don’t trust each other.  If the workers trusted each other they might become friends and travel together.  This would be good for the men because then they wouldn’t be lonely.  Instead the guys fight a lot.   Nobody has any family and nobody has any friends.  George and Lennie are friends so they travel together.  It’s because George and Lennie trust each other.



Example 2.

What does it say about human beings as a species if trust is so hard to come by?  Other species have natural enemies they fear.  Rabbits have wolves, mice have owls, and zebras have lions.  Human beings have other humans.  If a person is endangered, hurt, betrayed, or neglected, it is often at the hands of another human.  Aside from physical pain, human beings give other humans something that the rabbit does not get from the wolf, nor the zebra from the lion: emotional pain.

We fear disapproval, ridicule, and shame from other people.  Great lengths will be taken to avoid the emotional pain other humans can bring us.  We hide our true selves and hold back words, thoughts and feelings, just to avoid derision and insult.  In a society that champions the idea of being an individual, speaking your mind, and being real, we are often too afraid to tell the truth because of its potential consequences.  If we blurt out what we feel, we get told we have “no filter.”  Why should we have to filter ourselves?  What are we afraid of?  Slim says maybe it’s because we are scared of each other.  Maybe we are also scared of ourselves.



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