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Important Elements of The Diamond as Big as the Ritz

Symbols/Allusions

Hades

Ritz-Carlton

Midas

The title (Originally, it was Diamond in the Sky)

 

Religious references?

Heaven/hell, 12 men of Fish,

Mythical/literary references?

Dante’s Inferno

Shakespeare?

Historical references?

George Washington

Lord Baltimore

General Forrest

Theme:

Elements of satire? Critique?

Elements of fantasy?

Parallels:

Fitzgerald’s own life

The Great Gatsby

Other works

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

The Diamond as Big as the Ritz

“Diamond As Big As The Ritz”

Hidden in the mountains
Under the earth and stone
A cubic mile of perfection
Treasure no one has known
One man came upon this mother lode
Built himself a thousand room chateau

He’s the emperor of diamonds
Master of the prize
He’s got the hold on happiness
And all that money can buy
Everyday he lives in fascination
This is not an everyday temptation, no

It’s the diamond as big as the Ritz
What you gonna do with this
Tell me who’s goin’ to save you
When you’re a slave to the
Diamond as big as the Ritz

A blessing can become a curse
If you keep it to yourself
our own exaggeration
Is not so good for your health
It’s the prophecy of the unattainable dream
If you take one look behind the shine
It doesn’t always gleam

Everyday he lives in fascination
This is not an everyday temptation, no

It’s the diamond as big as the Ritz
What you gonna do with this
Tell me, who’s goin’ to save you
When you’re a slave to a
Diamond as big as the Ritz

(Diamond. Diamond. Diamond. Diamond. Diamond)
Coal under pressure (Diamond)
Sparkle of treasure (Diamond)
Crystalline measure (Diamond)
On a mental pleasure (Diamond)
In the corner of your eye (Diamond)
Make a grown man cry (Diamond)
All the seeds you’ve sown (Diamond)

Greed can crumble your castle walls
Greed can purchase you thrills
Power is a dangerous drug
It can maim, it can kill
It’s the prophecy of the unattainable dream
If you take one look behind the shine
It doesn’t always gleam

It was a diamond as big as the Ritz
What you gonna do with this
Tell me, who’s goin’ to save you
When you’re a slave to a
Diamond as big as the Ritz

It was a diamond as big as the Ritz
What you gonna do with this
Tell me, who’s goin’ to save you
When you’re a slave to a
Diamond as big as the Ritz

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Doctor Faustus

Discussion questions:

1. What is Faustus motivated by?

2. How is this play a tragedy?

3. How does Faustus’ behavior constitute a compromise of his nobility?

4. Does Faustus inspire your pity and fear in this scene?

5. Is Faustus led astray by the devils or his own doing?

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Upcoming Plays

Attend a play before the semester is over and show me proof (selfie and tickets) for extra credit in the “Literary Event” portion of your grade.

Love, Loss, and What I Wore at Laguna Playhouse (I saw this last year and really liked it, but I’m a huge Nora Ephron fan, so I’m biased.)

Pride and Prejudice at La Mirada Theater

Les Miserables at Maverick Theater in Fullerton

Spamalot at Golden West College http://www.gwctheater.com/monty-pythons-spamalot-may-1-10-2015/

Murder for Two at Laguna Playhouse http://purchase.lagunaplayhouse.com/single/EventListing.aspx#sdklrvm0_w498509m_v054uvm iusdfvlt_idfut9

Peter and the Starcatcher at South Coast Repertory http://www.scr.org/plays/2014-15-season

Spring Awakening at Cal State Fullerton http://www.fullerton.edu/arts/theatredance/events.html

High Fidelity https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&w=465d79ddcc7a2a1bfbf19d781243ed81

Weekend Comedy http://www.cabrilloplayhouse.org/season.html

Happy Birthday http://caminorealplayhouse.org/season.html

South Pacific http://caminorealplayhouse.org/season.html

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

David Henry Hwang

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

World of Tomorrow

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Metaphor Maps

Metaphor Maps

Students synthesize and unify multiple themes or concepts through metaphors, and then explicate their own thinking

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This assignment encourages students to practice and perform a variety of ways of thinking:

  • think creatively about a text, concept, or unit (or several) by thinking metaphorically,
  • synthesize varied pieces of a complex concept or text, and
  • articulate their thinking in new and self-authored ways.

It involves two parts:  first, students draw an image of a single metaphor they use to make sense of a concept, text, or unit (or several), and then–more importantly–they explicate their drawing. Sample instructions are in the box to the right.

Ultimately, metaphor maps are less about the drawing and more about how students synthesize and unify complex, multidimensional thinking around a single metaphor–and how clearly and effectively they explain these ideas. This strategy stretches them beyond the typical modes of learning and challenges them to organize their thoughts in a new way.

Examples

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    • In “Using ‘Frameworks’ To Enhance Teaching and Learning” (2012), Patrice W. Hallock describes an assignment in which her students draw their thinking about how they make sense of course content. One student used the metaphor of a camera. Although her assignment doesn’t include an essay explication, this student-generated and -drawn metaphor for a concept is the beginning of a metaphor map.
    • In a philosophy class, a sample metaphor for critical thinking is a ship at sea surrounded by ethical mountains (below, right; Pierce).

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  • In a multicultural literature class, a student drew a baseball field in the final inning. The teams represented two of the cultures he’d read about in the class, the baseball field represented the All-American setting where they were at conflict, and the final inning suggested a time of crisis.
  • These “Minimalist Fairy Tales” drawings offer great examples of a slight alternative to metaphor maps. Students can be asked to draw a simple image from the text that captures the essential meaning of the whole text.

Source: http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/beyond-the-essay/beyond-the-essay-summative/

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2015 in Uncategorized