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Lenses

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"Lenses" Q#5: If you were Corrine, would you perform the eye surgery and almost seemely take away a friend's life and soul thorough their eyes or would you refuse to perform the surgery and almost take away her life literally in a different way by having them eventually damaged and blind.
By: Leah Silverman Comprehension
Answers Q#1: How do you think the title
"Lenses" connects with the story? It connects with the story... Q#2: Did you think Grusha wanted to have her eyes replaced? Why or why not? I think that .... Q#3: What do you think about the society that Corinne and Grusha lives in and do you think our society will become like that? I think that their society.... Q#4: What does the "eye" seem to represent for
Corrine in the story? It represents..... Class Debate What Are the 3 Types of Irony? 1. VERBAL IRONY 2. SITUATIONAL IRONY 3.DRAMATIC IRONY TIME FOR A GAME! When a person says something,
but means something else. Or the person says something that
contradicts with their actual meanings.
Example: Sarcasm Situational Irony, or "Irony of the Situation", is
when actions lead to an outcome that is opposite
to what was originally expected.

An example of situational is when you buy yourself
something after months of saving up for it, but then
someone gets it for you for your birthday.
SITUATIONAL IRONY IN "LENSES" 1. With the knowledge that her new eyes would give her
perfect vision that would never fail, Grusha thought that
the surgery would only make her life easier. Grusha tells
Corinne that this is exactly what she wants. However, after
recieving her new eyes, the reality of having fake eyes forever
begins to fully dawn on her and Grusha starts to feel regretful
about her choice. 2. Corrine lives on the dark side of the world, yet the place where she
is living in is considered safe and peaceful and also a place where people's lives are saved. The bright side of the world is where war is taking place and people are dying. This is situational irony because light generally represents hope and life, while darkness represents death and despair. I think the title "Lenses" connects with the story by the way it is referring as an indirect symbol to the human eyes. Because "Lenses" are very similar to the eyes in many ways, like the fact we can see through them to see other things for example some lenses are, glasses and cameras. It also connects with the story by being the fake eyes that are inserted into Grusha. They are exactly what the title is "Lenses." I think that Grusha wanted to have her eyes replaced at the begining,
but she hadn't really understood what it meant like Corrinne did.
I think Grusha was caught up in the idea that the new eyes
would help her perform her job better as a pilot, so she wanted
them. But I think at the very end, she looked at herself and
thought how empty she looked and was terrified. I think their society could be a good one.
A little to materialistic in ways because they think
that human eyes are okay to be replaced by lifeless
lenses, but that doesn't necessarily mean it is a bad
society. I think their society is too focused on what
is needed and what can be deposed of and replaced, they
do not have any spiritual morals anymore. I think it is
very possible that our society can become like that in the far
future because our world is getting more and more
materialistic each and every day. What I think the eye represents for Corrine is
that it represents the soul for her. Like the quote, the
eyes are the window to the soul. She thinks that you can
see the life inside someone through their eyes, which is
in certain ways true. Because a lot of our expressions are
expressed through our eyes, so to Corrine if you take out
someone's eyes and replaced them with lifeless lenses, it
almost seems like you are taking one's life. Verbal Irony in "Lenses" In the story, Grusha asks Corrine, "how do I look?" (Silverman 48), Corrine answers her by saying, "you look good" (49) when in reality, Corrine is
horrified at what she has done to her friend's eyes.
She feels guilty for being the one taking out the "windows of the soul" and replacing them with two empty metal spheres. She is trying to hide her true feelings by assuring Grusha that she looked fine when deep down inside her, Corrine does not feel or think that way. Your goal is to unscramble the phrases in the envelope
and identify what type of irony they are as fast as possible.
Put your hands up as soon as you're done and we will come
to check it.

The first group to unscramble and identify all three ironies
will win..........:) North America's SECOND best
pencils!
KWIK KWIZ TIME!!! 1. True or False:
The story "Lenses" has three different types
of ironies in it. 2. True or False:
Corrine works at the level 3
wing of the hospital. 3. True or False:
Grusha did not want her
eyes to be taken out. 4. True or False:
The setting of the story is in
the present 5. True or False:
The point of view is in
limited Omniscient 6. True or False:
"Hangar" means a shed or
shelter 7. True or False:
"Jarring" means unpleasent and
disturbing

ANSWER KEY:

1. T
2. F
3. F
4. F
5. F
6. T
7. T Dramatic irony occurs in situations where the audience knows something about present or future circumstances that the character does not know. Literature with Dramatic Irony examples can be found in the most famous plays by William Shakespeare.

Ex.
• Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. When Romeo finds Juliet in a drugged sleep, he assumes her to be dead and kills himself. Upon waking, Juliet finds her love dead beside her and kills herself. Here, the audience knows that Juliet is asleep, but Romeo does not.
• Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Macbeth plans the murder of Duncan whilst feigning loyalty. Duncan does not know of Macbeth’s plans but the audience does
Dramatic Irony also exists in horror movies. In a horror movie, suspense is often built up by the use of spooky music. The viewers often know that someone is going to die or, at least, something is going to jump out because of the music that THEY can hear--and, of course, the characters cannot.
Another similar example is when the main character (in a scary movie), is being chased by a killer and we know that the killer is hiding in the closet but the character does not know that.
Dramatic Irony in Lenses 46-47
She smiles, like she is the doctor and I the frightened patient who needs to be reassured. I still haven't spoken, but I smile to please her. I want to say something good, befitting of my role here, but instead I only manage: " I'm sorry, Grusha. I have to do this. It must be done." She blinks, the drugs and my words leaving her a little off-balance. “It’s all right, Corinne", she says quietly. "I've accepted it. Please don't be upset. I will be fine. Truly, I'll be fine."..."

; Grusha says she's going to be fine, but as we are seeing the story through Corinne, we know that Grusha will not be fine, she will not be the same.
48
"...She laughs again. “My old eyes were nothing compared to these ones!"...She looks at me, then and, instant, though I am smiling for her, I think my heart breaks."

;Grusha regards to her eyes as basically pointless and like an old toy. To Corinne, Grusha's eyes were truly the only comfort she had left, they showed her depth and feeling, something that are rarely observed in their futuristic world. She feels sad for Grusha to lose that, since Corinne herself had gotten the surgery for the new eyes. Corrine realizes how important her real eyes were.

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