Scott uses whaling as a way of showing the real difference between Western and Indigenous culture. There is so much we could learn from the respect for the environment and the love of nature that comes with Bobby's imaginative and wonderous response to the world around. For those interested please see the following indigenous whaling event taking place in Sydney on September 1st!
In Heart of Darkness there is a very similar representation of Western cruelty and brutality challenged by the narrator Marlow who seems to embody a different sensibility and understanding to the rest of the world around him. Maybe Marlow in fact embodies Conrad's own outlook on the world of his time. And Blake of course is speaking about similar social abuses and trying to understand what it might be in human nature that can resist the impact of these destructive aspects.
So here are a selection of Blog Topics for week 3
Dead Man Dance:
Write a paragraph celebrating what you think is Bobby's achievement in challenging the attitudes of his audience in the closing few pages of the novel.
Write a short critical analysis of what you think Bobby's motives are for undressing in public in the closing few pages of the novel.
Create a mini digital resource kit for readers of Deadman Dance.
Heart of Darkness:
Write a few sentences based on the painterly style of Conrad's "seeing". Weave into it as much symbolism as you can.
Explain to someone what you think Marlow actually saw in those closing moments of Kurtz's life.
Create a mini digital resource kit for readers of Heart of Darkness
Take any line from a Blake poem and use this as a starting point for your own poem based directly on your own present experience.
Select any one of Blake's letters and pick out and discuss the key ideas that seem to have a bearing on his poetry.
Create a mini digital resource kit for any two of Blake's paired poems from Innocence and Experience.