In 1984, Winston experiences a life-changing event that is created by the power of fear. In the novel, Winston gives up something to avoid and free himself of the one thing he fears the most: rats. Think about it. Fear can govern our lives. You have read Chomsky’s article that acknowledges that one of the most overpowering emotions of Americans….is fear.
Think about your own experiences. What fearful event have you endured that made you change a little bit of who you are…something that’s made you give up your “freedom” in some way….something that has restricted you in some small (or large) way.
The task: First describe what fearful experience you have had. Use active language and appropriate word choices to make your readers FEEL your experience. Don’t tell us about it; SHOW US. Explain what really changed you in some way. The event doesn’t have to be life-threatening; it just has to be something that you “own.” The length should be a well-written, smoothly developed INVIGORATING paragraph that will MESMERIZE your audience (your class members and me). Explain HOW the event changed you in some small way. Like Winston, explain how you have sacrificed a little of yourself because of this event.
Then, read two other blog posts and respond to those two blog posts genuinely and thoughtfully. Do you have similar experiences (Are you, too, afraid of RATS??!!)
Due date: Friday, October 13, 2017 by 11:59pm.
Points 20 (10 for description, 5 for each response.)