English 4 Finals

Topics: My Last Duchess, Robert Browning Pages: 17 (2235 words) Published: September 18, 2013
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- In Memoriam (pgs. 918-920) by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

o 27. Value of person’s role in your life doesn’t diminish in value, when the

o 54. We don’t need to know the purpose to have a purpose

o They’re still of a value or there’s still relationship even after loss (death).

person dies. On the contrary, it highlights it.

ß “Death doesn’t kill the experience”

ß “We do not know the purpose of loss.”

ß “loss is actually a connection.”

- The Darling by Anton Chekhov


- What Men Live By Leo Tolstoy *P.S.: 3 things (lessons that Simon learns)

o Learn what dwells in man…

o Learn what is not given to man…

o Learn what man lives by…

ß Love (of God)

ß Knowing his own need

ß Love

- The Rocking-Horse Winner by D.H. Lawrence *P.S.: Characters and their

relationship -> boy/mother through his action

o His whole motivation is to “compel her attention (feels if, from the voices

from the voice) translates ti as getting her love.”

ß Mother doesn’t love him, but loves money, so he believes that he

can buy her love with money. B/c if she have money (she loves),

she’ll love him as well.

ß Luck: the basis of story (is about boy being able to find what he


ß (irony was rocking horse ---> b/c horse never moves or progressive

and is stuck. –like kid trying to get mother’s love, but he never gets


• Confidence

- Musee des Beaux Arts by W.H. Auden

o The consideration of indifference… why are important things NOT

o To horses are more aware and concerned about scratching its bottom on

important to us?

ß Mythology of Icarus (escaping prison by evil king) with his son.

ß First stanza “aged are reverently… childrens don’t look forward

to” ---> birth of a sibling (b/c mom and dad doesn’t pay attention

to them anymore.)

a tree than to know and notice that the person on the horse is the torturer

(scratching butt is more important to the horse than the role it play for the

bad torturer.)

- The Unknown Citizen by W.H. Auden

o – How well do we know?

ß It’s a satire

• The question is absurd, b/c according to author is saying

that the question of “are you free… (or) happy?” is more

important than superficial details. (Such as Derek liking


o “Are you free?”

o “Are you happy?”

• We don’t know much about the “Unknown Citizen” b/c the

known quantity isn’t really given enough to know the real

“The Unknown Citizen.”

- Night by Elie Wiesel

*Woman prophesizes (beated up -> people went extreme) -> what she vision

becomes true (she is ignored -> no apology)

- Six Feet of the County by Nadine Gordimer

Six feet under the surface – buried


o Body is not bringing closure.

o White people think it should be okay.

- Tennyson’s Ulysses

o Theme:

ß Think of how he refers to Penelope in first part

ß What is his motivation for leaving?

• Ans. He’s bored with life and wants to go on an adventure

(push hard responsibility to his son)

o Make sure to know the importance of the word “hoard”

o “as tho’ to breathe were life”… isn’t it? What would Achilles say?

o “his work” = “there lies the port”: “I mine” = “the vessel”

o Seeking the unknown (“beyond the sunset,” “it may be”) is based on the

ß What is his view of Telemadius?

ß What is he leaving behind? Look at the descriptions of wife and


ß Is this poem a positive or negative portrayal? Reasoning… “To

strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.” WORTHY goal?

ß Extremely selfish act

ß Life is a gift; value your life, don’t waste your life and stay home

and enjoy your life.

ß Spent so much time to get there, ironically he wants to leave that

place now: home.

known, what is “abiding” (“that which we are, we are”)

- “My Last Duchess” and “Porphyria’s Lover” by Robert Browning

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