English Finals Study Guide
- 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
(JUST KNOW THE PLOTS)
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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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