literate people, please help me decide something
For British/Irish Fiction class, I have to write an explication of "any passage that gives [us] particular insight into a character or theme." Really, it's that vague. I can pick any character and any passage of any reasonable length (for a 3-5pp essay) in any of the four novels we've read so far:
- The Good Soldier
- Women in Love
- To the Lighthouse
- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
My problem isn't that I don't know the novels or how to do an explication or anything like that, it's just that I haven't had time to sit down and pick something. My plan was to put the books in a bag and blindly choose one, then use a random number generator to pick a starting page. That's
how ambivalent I am about it. I can work with a passage from any of these books, equally well.
In last semester's Vict Lit class (same prof), I worked with the first ten pages of "Phase the Fourth: The Consequence" in Tess of the d'Urbvervilles
, which focuses on Angel Clare. I could do something of that length, or just a scene that plays out over a page or two, etc.
Anyone have any suggestions? It could be just a vote for a book, or a scene, or a passage...anything would be cool.