On Monday we will have our final discussion about Slaughterhouse-Five. Ideas to consider:
- the effect of war on society;
- the value of time;
- in what ways are our lives “pre-programmed”;
- how do people cope with traumatic events;
- in what ways is life fair/unfair;
- how can a person change his/her fate
What are your ideas on these topics? What do you believe Billy Pilgrim’s ideas would be?
For Friday’s discussion read to chapter 8.
Well, this was one result and I am in love with it.
There Were Signs
there were signs
signs that told us to stop
to keep off
to think about it
signs designed to scare us
to deter us
to frighten us
but we plowed ahead
we chose not to notice the sky slowly fade to black
we chose not to look when the flowers started to wilt
we ignored the debris that piled up behind us
we ignored the scorched land we created
maybe back then we had a chance
but that door is closed
forever blocked off
we tried to hold on
at the end
we really did
all that remains of those efforts are handprints strung along the walls
we were too late
we died out
sprawled on the concrete
mounds of nothing
left for the maggots to chew through
but these weren’t our only holes
eventually, we will fade away and be nothing more than a footprint left in the dust
we can’t complain about this
we do not get angry
we are not allowed to be sad
because we knew
Read chapter 5 for discussion on Tuesday.
Read chapter 4.
There is not a new assignment this week. On Wednesday at 11:00 everyone will present their essay summaries based on last week’s assignment Ellen Dissanayake. Please put your final essay in Google Classroom by Wednesday.
Discussion: Read to chapter 4
On Monday the 7th at 11AM we will have a guest speaker from Harmony House. If you think of some questions you would like to ask her, please write them down so you don’t forget them. It would also be great if we could have our donations box almost full by then, considering the deadline is the following Wednesday (friendly reminder that I will bring brownies only if everyone donates at least one item, and yes I will be keeping track).