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1 Discovery of a Father By Sherwood Anderson Lesson Two NEXT

2 Background Information Introduction to the Story Word Study Vocabulary Study Song about father NEXT

3 Background Information Many MarriagesDark Laughter The Writer Sherwood Anderson was a great American writer. He is the author of 27 works including Winesburg, Ohio, and seven novels that include Poor White, Many Marriages and Dark Laughter.Anderson was also a poet and a playwright, a newspaper editor and a political journalist. His Life: “Sherwood Anderson was not only a great American writer, but he was also a businessman, husband and father.” HOME PAGE

4 Introduction to the Story This is a story about a father told by his son who later became a well-known writer. The author gives a vivid character sketch of his father whom he used to despise but gradually learns to understand and appreciate when he grows up. It is interesting because contrary to the common belief that children always worship their fathers, they sometimes feel the opposite when they are young. The story began when the author described how he used to feel ashamed of his father. When he was a child, he had hoped that his father would be proud, silent and dignified. NEXT

5 He had also hoped that his father would be rich and successful. But to his great disappointment, his father was none of these, in fact he was just opposite. He was poor because his business failed; his business failed because he was foolish in giving too much credit; he was often idle and spent most of his time showing off and acting like a clown to amuse people. And above all, he was never quiet and serious, talking nonsense all the time, making up stories that everybody knew were untrue. What’s more, he did not seem to have any sense of responsibility and often would disappear for weeks when there was nothing to eat in the family. NEXT

6 So as a little boy, the author thought that his father was a failure, a clown, a loafer, and a windbag. He despised his father so much that he even secretly wished he had a different father. The boy did not understand why his father was so popular and had so many friends including some of the most respectable local celebrities, and he could not understand why his mother never complained, but actually seemed to be proud of him. Then one day everything suddenly dawned on him, the day he suddenly “discovered a father”. Why was the day so important for the boy? NEXT

7 The father took the boy swimming in the dark. Father and son, completely naked, striking together in the dark. The boy suddenly saw his father as a dignified man, powerful, loving, and ready to face the harsh life. Through the swimming his father seemed to be communicating with him, trying to give him courage and strength. Slowly the boy began to understand that his father was not foolish. He was just too generous and too kind-hearted. He was not a clown. He was just a natural actor, and he loved life and loved people around him. NEXT

8 He was popular because everybody knew that he was a nice man and he could “liven up” the dull life of the sleepy little town. Above all, he was not a windbag. He was just a born storyteller, a born writer. Now the son had come to realize that his father was a man with rich imagination and rare talent. Towards the end of the text, the author realized that he himself had become a story writer because of his father’s influence, because he had his father’s genes of literary creation. HOME PAGE

9 Word Study strike remember credit cover sympathize HOME PAGE

10 Strike(struck) 他用棍子打我。 struck He struck me with a stick. 我心中忽然产生一个念头。 struck An idea suddenly struck me. 工人们在罢工,因为他们要求增加工资。 striking The workers were striking because they wanted more money. 我没有听到钟响。 strike. I didn't hear the clock strike. 火柴划不着。 strike The match wouldn't strike. BACK

11 Remember 请代我向你父母问候。 remember Please remember me to your parents. 我记得曾见过她一次。 remember I remember seeing her once. remember (=I remember that I saw her once.) 你记着喂牲口了吗? remember Did you remember to feed the animals? 祖父留下遗嘱,把一部分财产给我。 remembered Grandfather remembered me in his will. BACK

12 Credit 她的信用好。 credit Her credit is good. 你相信那人讲的话吗? credit Do you give credit to what the man said? 他的成功使全家增光。 credit His success brings credit to his family. 这家商店概不赊欠。 credit No credit is given at this shop. 请将 1000 美元存入我的帐户。 credit Please credit my account with $1000. 那发明该归功于他。 credited He is credited with the invention BACK

13 Cover 她用一块布把桌子罩起来。 covered She covered the table with a cloth. 小镇占地 5 平方英里。 covers The town covers 5 square miles. 我想在天黑之前走完 100 英里。 cover I want to cover 100 miles by dark. 这些费用都由国家负担。 covered These expenses are covered by the state. 警察瞄准了罪犯。 covered. The police had the criminal covered. 琼,你今天能顶替约翰吗? cover Will you cover for John today, Jean? 最优秀的记者被派去作战地报道。 BACK

14 Sympathize 我曾经是个犯人,因此我对其他在监狱里的人深表 同情。 sympathy I have been a prisoner, so I have a lot of sympathy with other people in prison. 当我告诉她我着急的原因时,她很同情。 sympathetic. When I told her why I was worried, she was very sympathetic. BACK

15 Vocabulary Study used to use, apply, avail, employ, utilize HOME PAGE

16 Used to used to He used to smoke a lot, but he has long given up smoking. use to He didn ’ t use to smoke cigarettes. usedn ’ t to He usedn ’ t to smoke cigarettes. use to Didn ’ t Maria use to be interested in the theatre? Usedn ’ t to Usedn ’ t Maria to be interested in the theatre? Usedto Used you to go to the same school as Edward? use to Did you use to go to the same school as Edward? BACK

17 Use, apply, avail, employ, utilize used He used up all his resources in experimenting with the new paint. apply We should not only know the theory but also know how to apply it to practice. avail I don’t think complaints will avail you much. avail We avail ourselves of every opportunity to speak English. employ He doesn’t know how to employ his energy and time. utilize She hopes to utilize her artistic talents in the job. BACK

18 Back when I was a child Before life removed all the innocence My father would lift me high And dance with my mother and me And then... Spin me around til' I fell asleep Then up the stairs he would carry me And I knew for sure I was loved If I could get another chance Another walk, another dance with him I'd play a song that would never ever end How I'd love love love... To dance with my father again When I and my mother would disagree To get my way I would run from her to him He'd make me laugh just to comfort me NEXT

19 Then finally make me do just what my momma said Later that night when I was asleep He left a dollar under my sheet Never dreamed that he would be gone from me If I could steal one final glance One final step One final dance with him, I'd play a song that would never ever end Cause I'd love love love... To dance with my father again Sometimes I'd listen outside her door And I'd hear how my momma cried for him I pray for her even more than me... I pray for her even more than me I know I'm praying for much too much But could you send back, The only man she loved. I know you don't do it usually But dear Lord she's dying To dance with my father again Every night I fall asleep And this is all I ever dream.. HOME PAGE END

20 制作人:陈诗涛 甄真 外语学院 2006 级 1 班 外语学院 2006 级 1 班


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