Presentation on theme: "Beauty The Great Gatsby~ F. Scott Fitzgerald"— Presentation transcript:
1 Beauty The Great Gatsby~ F. Scott Fitzgerald Interpreter of Maladies~Jhumpa LahiriSurvival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty~Nancy Etcoff
2 The Great Gatsby By: F. Scott Fitzgerald Fiction – events in novel affected by events in author’s lifeFollows main character’s (Gatsby’s) life during the period
3 Thoughts Simplicity of writing style Use of metaphor Society v. self Importance of character developmentUse of author’s life as part of plot developmentConcept of time
4 The Author“ The Great Gatsby is a classic- a novel that is read spontaneously by pleasure-seekers and under duress by students. A popular classroom fallacy holds that classics are universal and timeless. Literature has staying power, but it is subject to metamorphosis. Every reader’s response to a work of fiction is determined y his or her pre suppositional bias, beliefs, experience, and knowledge”– F. Scott Fitzgerald
5 Interpreter of Maladies: Stories Collection of short stories that, as a general rule, dealt with Indians of different generations and cultural valuesEither on the mainland or overseasNine stories in all, each with uniquely different characters, plots, and situations
6 Group Thoughts Short stories that did not seem like short stories Lahri’s writing style: observer, not a narratorRevelation of truths/sense of realness: not all stories end with happy endingsFeeling of familiarity/ Being able to relate
7 Excerpt: When Mr. Pirdaza Came to Dine "Finally, several months later, we received a card from Mr. Pirdaza commemorating the Muslim New Year, along with a short letter. He was reunited, he wrote, with his wife and children. To celebrate the good news, my mother prepared a special dinner that evening, and when we sat down to eat at the table we toasted our water glasses, but I did not feel like celebrating. Though I had not seen him for months, it was only then that I felt Mr. Pirdaza's absence. It was only then, raising my water glass in his name, that I knew what it meant to miss someone who was so many miles and hours away, just as he had missed his wife and daughters for so many months. He had no reason to return to us, and my parents predicted, correctly, that we would never seen him again."
8 Excerpt: Three Continents "In my son's eyes I see the ambition that had first hurled me across the world. In a few years he will graduate and pave his way, alone and unprotected. But I remind myself that he has a father who is still living, a mother who is happy and strong. Whenever he is discouraged, I tell him that if I can survive on 3 continents, then there is no obstacle he can't conquer. While astronauts, heroes forever, spent mere hours on the moon, I have remained in this new world for nearly 30 years. I know that my achievement is quite ordinary. I am not the only man to seek his fortune far from home, and certainly I am not the first. Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination."
9 Survival of the Prettiest The Science of Beauty “This book is an inquiry into what we find beautiful and why—what in our nature makes us susceptible to beauty, what qualities in people evoke this response, and why sensitivity to beauty is ubiquitous in human nature”Nancy Etcoff
10 Includes thoughts on: Evolutionary Signifigance Scientific Studies Cross-Cultural OpinionsNon-Physical TraitsComparisons Between Beauty and Ugliness
11 Our thoughtsIt isn’t so much a “beautiful text” but rather a text about beautyCovers such a wide range of beauty it feels like nothing is left outCould not tell it is by a women- not in 1st person and presents information as truth without adding personal opinionsDealt with things we (mostly) already knew or thought about beauty but it explains the origins and reasons for these opinionsDid not question our personal thoughts towards beauty but helped to make them clearerPertinant to our lives, how we see ourselves, how other people see us, how we see other peopleAbout physical beauty and seemed so different from our discussions of both science and literature