Running Head: THE LITERARY SCRAPBOOK: ASSIGNMENT 8.2
The Literary Scrapbook
Assignment 8.2: Course Project
ENG102: English Literature
Ashley M. Pacheco
Jones International University
October 29, 2011
Introductory Essay for the Literature Scrapbook
My journey through English Literature comes many thoughts and questions on the knowledge behind the writing. What is English Literature? English Literature was first produced in England from the introduction of Old English by the Anglo-Saxons in the 5th century to present day (angelfire.com). Literature goes back to 450 to 1066 much of which is oral form, and of poetry. Reading literature will take you back to the time it was written and give you satisfaction reading it, giving the reader feelings towards what is being expressed.
Throughout my learning experience with English literature I want to be able to comprehend and excel the understanding of writing from the past all over the world, studying each piece as a learning experiment to fully recognize the content and history behind it. The way the writing is spoken and terms used in the piece would reflect on the era it was written. Some of the past English Literature writers I had learned about would be William Shakespeare, John Milton, Edgar Allen Poe, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charles Dickens, Emily Bronte, Mark Twain, J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, and etc. The main question I want to have for this journey would be, how to read the text thoroughly and be able to understand the meaning behind the old English work, reason being is because of the literary terms used is not being used in the present day English literature.
At the end of the course I want to be able to interpret the work from the authors and be able to answer questions on what is behind the writing, what it means, why they wrote it, and fully be able to tell my readers the meaning behind the piece. The study of English Literature is still important and relevant because as the years go by literature is going to be read for a life time and in the future, and is meant for the reader to develop visualization pictures and emotions while reading what the author has wrote.
Literary Scrapbook Entry on Pride and Prejudice
For the novel Pride and Prejudice my literary scrapbook entry will be focused on three main topics listed below that are: Literature Connection:
Some of the specific facts on the book would be the main subject view would be marriage in the 1800’s era, which was stated in the first sentence in the beginning of the novel: “It is a truth universally acknowledged a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”. Elizabeth Bennett is telling the story, but not in first person. In Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth marriage it shows that marriages can be successful, and that it is not about all looks, the two are slowly getting to know each other which they have came a far way since the beginning of the book where prejudice was involved and they were distant from each other. Modern Connection:
Pride and Prejudice modern connection I would compare to the book Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Mr. Darcy and Mr. Rochester are different characters with some similarities such s they are both wealthy with great inheritance and property. Who at the beginning of both characters in the book come off as being prideful, conceited, powerful, and serious in what they are looking for in life and that they know everything that surrounds them. As for Elizabeth and Jane both characters are strong and upstanding confidence that Pacheco5
defends themselves. Both are sweet and pleasant characters with a very king heart and great attitude. Personal Connection:
My thoughts on the novel Pride and Prejudice I would say is enjoyable because I love reading books that were based on how men and women acted in the 1800’s. They speak with respect in their own ways, and are appreciative towards everything...