17 Oct. Conclusions.


If you were absent last Thursday (10/12), download the Quiz, complete it, and return it to me at the start of class on Thursday (10/19): KL Quiz Scenes 8-19

The Final Draft of the Literary Analysis paper is 6-7 pages double spaced. I miscalculated the word count.

Part I. Reflecting on Annotation

Take five minutes to reflect on the following:
  • 1. What is my literary analysis essay claim?
  • 2.How can I incorporate the scholarly article I annotated into my paper?
  • 3. How does the annotation I completed compliment/challenge my understanding of The History of King Lear and/or key terms such as nature, Anthropocene, ecology, etc?

Part II. Writing to Avoid

Read each sentence and then briefly explain how to revise them.

  • 1. For many people, nature may seem closely associated with ecology, it certainly did for me before reading Timothy Morton’s essay. 
  • 2. An imagination of a place, in Morton’s own words, “over yonder”, “where the grass is greener” (The Ecological Thought, page 3).
  • From Morton’s perspective, ecology promotes the idea of a world interconnected like a “mesh”, in which all life is interconnected.
  • 3. On page three of Morton’s introduction he explains that “In order to have ecology we have to let go of nature”.
  • 4. He also distinguishes between nature and nature with the “capital N”. Humans have a tendency to believe that they are not apart of nature. That the interconnectedness between all species involves animals and plants in a nature untouched by humans.
  • 5. In Clark’s epilogue, Nature, Post Nature, he introduces to us the term Anthropocene and proceeds to explain how it questionably defines nature along with the human relationship. “The Anthropocene brings to an unavoidable point of stress the question of the nature of nature and of the human(Clark 79).”
  • 6. Morton in page 2 says referring to ecology, “It has to do with love, loss, despair, and compassion. It has to do with depression and psychosis.” According to Morton, people only think of the common green scenery of trees and other plants.
  • 7. He describes ecology as something that revolves around coexistence. Not only is it about the plants, animals, or minerals that occupy this planet. It is also about human beings and how we live with other human beings and our environment.

Part III. Conclusions

As we watch a portion of Scene 20, keep the following in mind:
  • 1. How Scene 20 start to wrap up the themes we’ve been examining throughout The History of King Lear conclude? Could the characters have done anything differently to change the final outcomes?
  • 2. How do you plan to conclude your paper? What are some characteristics of a successful conclusion? What do you still have time to do to effect the outcome of your papers?


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