I think everyone agreed that the Tucks are still human even though they are immortal, or at least they are unaffected by that which would normally kill a human being--accidents, shootings, or even time.
Our question, "Who is the real monster in Frankenstein?" engendered a lively discussion as well. Most of us felt that Victor's turning away from and abandoning his Creature was wrong and contributed to the deaths of those Victor loved, but we seem divided on the more important question of whether Victor was wrong to bring the Creature to life.
Mortality is at the heart of our first three examples of speculative fiction. The Tucks simply take a drink and are forever placed outside of "normal" life and time through no fault of their own. As Angus describes it, "rocks stuck at the side of a stream." Victor makes a choice and sets himself outside of "normal" expectations by bringing the dead to life. In The Time Machine, Alexander Hartdegen does not become immortal, although he will definitely die thousand of years after he was born, and he will not attempt to create life out of death. Instead, Alexander will try to avoid one particular death, through the use of a time machine, and that choice will send him 800,000 years into the future where he will witness what has become of humanity.
While these three stories/films are VERY different and represent three very different genres of speculative fiction--fantasy [Tuck Everlasting], horror [Frankenstein], and science fiction [The Time Machine]--each one is concerned with the fundamental question of speculative fiction: "What makes us human?" as each one struggles to deal with the problem of mortality.
For this week's blog posts, I would like you to consider these three stories carefully. Of the three, which one appealed to you the most? Why? [BE SPECIFIC!] Which one was least interesting to you? Why? [BE SPECIFIC!]. Which would you choose as the best example to answer to the question, "What makes us human?" Why? [BE SPECIFIC!]
Due to the Monday holiday this week, I am shifting the deadlines for the blog posts. Please make your first post--in response to the questions above--by Friday night at midnight, and then respond to a classmate's post by Sunday night at midnight.
I am looking forward to another weekend of lively responses from you!
Teacher Barb :)