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"And of Clay We Are Created" Isabelle Allende
Transcript of "And of Clay We Are Created" Isabelle Allende
In your composition notebooks, write about some of the worries, burdens, or troubles that weigh you down from the past or present. How do you attempt to manage these feelings? Do you suppress them in the back of your mind,or do you try to confront them?
"What's in a Name?"
Azucena- Spanish for "
," her first communion name.
"What's Your Mud?"
white lilies symbolize chastity and virtue – and were the symbol of the Virgin Mary’s purity. A flower that is typically associated with death and burial.
Does that sound Greek to you?
A greek tragedy is a form of theater in which the plot takes a negative turn at the end. In Oedipus Rex, the oracle of Delphi foretells that Oedipus will grow up to kill his father and marry his mom. To avoid this they send Oedipus away, but things turn out that he completely unknowingly fulfills the prophecy. When all this is released to him he blinds and exiles himself. The tragedy is that Oedipus was fated to this and seems to be on an unavoidable collision course. Which is in line with Greek ideology which saw the world as controlled by the three Fates. Greek tragedies all start in the middle of the action. In Oedipus, you're in the middle of it and find out the back story later. The tragedy is revealed about halfway through to the audience though the main character doesn't see that they are doomed until the end. The protagonist is doomed by gods, typically because of folly, carelessness, or arrogance/pride.
The resurrection of Jesus is the Christian belief that Jesus Christ miraculously returned to life on the Sunday following the Friday on which he was executed by crucifixion. It is the central tenet of Christian faith and theology and part of the Nicene Creed: "On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures"
The process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions. Often identified as an emotional cleansing for either the character or audience. Tragedy helps this "purging" (to remove sin, guilt, or corruption) to take place.
"Don't Cry. I don't hurt anymore. I'm fine"
At this moment, we are able to recognize that Azucena has experienced a point of catharsis. After she sank slowly, like a flower in the mud, Rolf is also experiencing a psychological sinking. What is the overall purpose of this story and
In your estimation, has he reached a moment of catharsis, or is he still sinking in his own "mud"?
Has Rolf's girlfriend reached acceptance or catharsis after the disaster, or is she sinking in her own "mud"? What does this story mean to you and in what way can you relate or make a connection to its theme? Provide EVIDENCE and explain how it proves whether they have or have not.
"The mountain had awakened again. The towns in the valley went about their daily life, deaf to the moaning of the earth, until that fateful Wednesday night in November when a pronged roar announced the end of the world, and the walls of snow broke loose rolling in an avalanche of clay, stones, and water that descended on the villages and buried them beneath unfathomable meters of telluric vomit."
Does This Sound Greek To You?
Intro (part 1)
Introduce/Summarize story with basic situation, complications, and characters
Isabelle Allende's gripping short story, And of Clay We are Created," retells the tragedy of the 1985 Nevada Del Ruiz Eruption. Azucena, a thirteen year old girl is...
Through the volcanic eruption and Rolf Carle's emotional eruption, Isabelle Allende reveals the senselessness and injustice of the world we live in. No matter how hard we attempt to control or deny this reality, we are reminded of our limitations and fall short. Ultimately, our "mud" is what makes us who we are and accepting that is a part of the human experience.
Character: Rolf's Girlfriend/Narrator
Evidence: "I was so drained I felt as if I were staring through a telescope at the light of a star dead for a million years."
Remember to answer prompt completely and define the term "catharsis" for your audience.
Rinse and repeat 3 times for both characters
Developing Your Evidence
"I was so drained I felt as if I were staring through a telescope at the light of a star dead for a million years."
The narrator reveals her own feelings of isolation and distance as she feels as if she's light years away from what is happening, left to sink in her own misery and loneliness...
That night, imperceptibly, the unyielding floodgates that had contained Rolf Carle's past for so many years began to open, and the torrent of all that had lain hidden in the deepest and most secret layers of memory poured out, leveling before it the obstacles that had blocked his consciousness for so long. He could not tell it all to Azucena;
With your partner, take out your "claim frames" handout and use 1 of the frames from "character analysis to complete on your whiteboard.
Now that you've selected evidence supporting your claim about each character's achievement of emotional release, or catharsis, begin to arrange your note cards in the order you wish. Ask yourself,
Do I want to directly compare and contrast these two characters with one evidence for Rolf followed by evidence for his GF/Azucena? Or, do I want to talk about each character separately? Which evidence is strongest? Does one piece of evidence link or help build to another piece of evidence? Do I need to toss out a piece of evidence?
After you've figured out how to arrange your evidence and analysis, now begin to include them into your body paragraph(s). Remember, you are not just simply copying.
You MUST "T.I.E" your evidence in and create transitions
so that your reader can follow each of your points seamlessly.
Lastly, write a BRIEF concluding paragraph re-wording your theme statement. (Look at your definition of the term, "catharsis")
Titanic Imagery and Allusions
Author's purpose and theme:
Make a claim statement about the author's overall intent or purpose in the telling of this tragic story.
"_____ tells a story about ______ to make the point that________________________________."
Note: Look to your reading check responses from the classwork to help you here. You may want to think about what Rolf represents in the classic sense of hero characters and human failings or the human experience. (greek tragedy) What do we learn about in terms of the way humans deal with grief, tragedy, and reality?
In your estimation, has Rolf reached a moment of catharsis, or is he still sinking in his own "mud"?
The character Rolf Carle cannot completely pull himself out of the mud, regrets, and burdens of the past. Rolf continues to bottle his emotions and deprive himself of the catharsis that Azucena was able to reach before her death. The narrator also struggles to come to terms with _____________
Has Rolf's girlfriend reached acceptance or catharsis after the disaster, or is she sinking in her own "mud"? Provide EVIDENCE and explain how it proves whether they have or have not.
Now that you've made a statement about each character's mud, how does this connect back to your statement about the author's purpose?
"This ______ suggests that Rolf and the narrator continue to______________." (tie back to language of the theme statement)
Here you will want to wrap it up by reiterating the theme and purpose of this story and making a personal connection to it.
"________ uses ________to tell the story about ___________ to make the point that_______________________________. My own experience with _______________yields a point that is similar/different/both similar and different. What I take away from my own experience with _______ is
___________. As a result, I conclude _______________________________."
Tie it back to theme/purpose:
Connecting theme to character:
Connecting theme to character:
Setting up your evidence:
Describe the character's "mud" and struggle that continues to weigh them down in the story before providing your evidence.
Allende uses the eruption of Nevada Del Ruiz and Azucena’s tragic death to tell the story about Rolf Carle to make the point that suffering is a universal human experience and how we handle it may vary. The world reveals to us that our efforts in the face of our emotional or physical suffering are often futile. My own experience with death and guilt yields a point that is similar to Rolf’s. What I take away from my own experience with the tragic death of a family member is that I struggled to understand the meaning and purpose of this loss. I opted to bury the truth inside, because it was my escape and my weapon. As a result, I conclude that the mud we all suffer from is what ultimately shapes us. However, the way we handle that psychological grime is what defines us going forward.