It opens our minds to the greatness that is the human race. Even with all our flaws. Even in spite of our flaws. Because of our flaws.
It asks the questions that need to be asked, 'What is it to be human? Why does that even matter?’
Showing our weaknesses and our strengths at the same time. The reader is left to balance all comments within their own world view. What is good? What is bad and why is this so?
The great classics of Speculative fiction have always taken the human point of view. Putting ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.
Let’s begin our blogging this semester by trying to answer some questions drawn from the two films we have watched so far: Tuck Everlasting and Frankenstein.
Are the Tucks human? What evidence can you give to support your answer? Do you agree with Angus Tuck when he tells Winnie, “Don't be afraid of death, Winnie. Be afraid of the unlived life”? Do you think that Victor is afraid of death? After all, he is obsessed with CREATING life—has he forgotten to LIVE his life? You might even consider the question Stephanie asked in class—“Who is the REAL monster in Frankenstein--Victor or the Creature?”
Or you might answer the question Dennis asked—“Do you think what Victor did was wrong? If so, why? If not, why not? [“Wrong” may be a relative term here. You may want to change this to “Do you think what Victor did was __________________ [fill in the blank with a word that is meaningful to YOU, for example: moral/immoral, ethical/ unethical, good/evil, righteous/sinful]
See the sidebar for specific requirements for timing and length of your posts, and please proofread your response for errors—you will lose a point for each one! You might find it easier to create your response in a Word or other text document and, once you have run spell-check and proofread your answer for other errors, copy and paste it to the blog.
I look forward to a lively discussion from all of you!
Teacher Barb :)