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Oral Presentation Readings

In activities on January 29, 2013 at 5:03 am

It’s been a long time, hasn’t it? Well! We’re just warming up for our official return to

As I just mentioned in class, I’d like you to check out the following few resources for more tips and ideas regarding oral presentations. Review these resources and think about how you’ll integrate this information into your own presentation. After all, this material will really help you thrive when you’re up in front of class!

Dennis Jerz’s Tips on Oral Presentations. Dennis Jerz is an English professor at Seton Hill, and he’s stellar at what he does. Do read and retain his coaching on oral presentations: it’s top-notch. 

The Professor’s Guide to 15 Strategies for Giving Oral Presentations  posted on US News.

Rice University has a fantastic site on oral presentations skills. Check it out here.  There are plenty of sample clips to show you what to do (and what not to do) in your oral presentation.

passage 3, pages 307-309

In Uncategorized on January 28, 2013 at 10:45 pm




I annotated this passage because I felt that it was a very interesting way for Morrison to finish off the book. It had so many parallels to the first time people came for Sethe and her children that the opposites within it stood out even more and caused the ending to be such a shock.

This entire passage was laced with references to earlier in the book, and at least one time Morrison takes the exact wording from earlier in the book. In both instances Sethe is doing manual labor when the people come, and in both instances she runs right to her children, and in both instances she sees a man coming and she cannot see his face but still knows what he is here for.

What is really getting me is the fact that Sethe runs, and Beloved is in a position that Sethe was in.

Beloved is a pregnant woman at this point, and is having her “family” leave her, almost exactly what happened to Sethe.

This awkward familiarity causes a strange sort of anxiety in the reader, because the passage is set up to sing in tune with what had happened earlier in the book, and I feel like that is really the big reason on why it comes as such a shock when Sethe runs away at the end.


In Uncategorized on January 25, 2013 at 2:03 am



In Uncategorized on January 7, 2013 at 6:26 pm

I annotated pages 294-295. These two pages are where Denver talks to the community of 124 and where Sethe does everything Beloved wants her to do – she is trying to get rid of the guilt she has been feeling for Beloved’s death. When I first read this part of the book, I was drawn to the motif of children along with imagery and symbolism.

I think that the motif of children is very important in this passage. What was interesting with this particular section is that Sethe and Beloved had a type of character role switch. For a portion of the passage, it was like Beloved was the mother and Sethe was her child. It went on to describe their appearance and the way they acted towards each other. What I interpreted out of the motif and character switch was that even though with Sethe was being represented as a child putting on a sense of innocence, she is not innocent at all. I think that Morrison represented Sethe as a child to show the situation that she is in and how she actually feels guilty about her past actions.

The imagery and symbolism go well together in this passage. There is a lot of imagery surrounding her “asylum,” which is 124, physical appearance, objects and places. The passage starts off talking about 124, going into the roll switch and then describing Sethe as feeling guilty that she killed Beloved. Morrison used watermelon as a symbol to express a belly when pregnant. The majority of this passage I think relates to the overall idea that Sethe is surrounded by the guilt that she killed Beloved.

Another interesting aspect of these two pages was the fact that “Beloved might leave” was repeated three times. This again brings up the fact that Sethe is feeling guilty that she killed Beloved. It’s almost like the guilt is eating her alive. Now that Beloved is back, she doesn’t want to lose her again.

Overall this passage was a good one to annotate. It showed off more of Sethe’s personality and had a lot of literally techniques. There were many different ideas that could be taken from this and was interesting to read.