Childhood at Social/Political Conflict

Childhood at Social/Political Conflict. Illustrate, explore and/or critically evaluate or reflect upon a single theme or idea within the readings/film.
Choose one of the prompts from the list below and respond to it. Extensive reference to the readings/film is required. This includes use of quotation, paraphrase, and summary.  To interpret a work is to bring one’s unique perspective to a work. This approach seeks to answer the question “What does it mean?” More specifically, it answers the question “What does it mean to me? The writer who interprets literature must convince the reader that the interpretation is of value. This approach identifies the separate parts of a story; then focuses discussion on one particular part. A good analysis casts intense light upon a piece of literature from one direction–theme, symbolism, imagery, motif, sound. Purpose is to explore in depth one aspect of a work. Emphasize similarities or differences between two works, characters, scenes, themes, etc. This approach works best with two subjects that have a basis for similarity. This approach is similar to analysis; for example, you may compare a theme or symbol common to the stories.

Choose one work and discuss the role of Historical Trauma (defined as the collective emotional and psychological injury both over the life span and across generations; trans generational trauma; shared cultural experience) in the work. Both Persepolis and Absolutely True Diary rely on images (graphic narrative) to convey meaning. Name specific ways either book relies on images to tell the story. Do you believe the story loses its meaning without the images?

  • How important is the framework of cultural and historical context in this work?
  • How does this information help us understand challenges characters face and the choices they make. 
  • What role does racial, ethnic and gender disparity play in any of the works in this unit?