Stratego: that game a 8 year old beat me at

Homework: Read Gillespie and Lerner, chaps. 2 & 3. For your blog entry, compare the strategies Gillespie and Lerner list to your own. Consider the following prompts:

  • What strategies could you add to their list and share with your fellow Fellows?
  • Under what writing situations or conditions have they been helpful?
  • Similarly, which specific writing challenges do they help you address?
  • Pick at least one new strategy to try out at your next tutoring session

While reading this text I found that the important aspects of the second chapter revolved around the idea of writer’s identity. A peer tutor’s job is not to create copies of themselves within others writing, but instead to encourage the voice of the one writing; Continue reading

Emma: The woman, the wonder, the legend

The novel Emma is a one of courtship and marriage; it begins with a marriage and ends with three others, as well as observing in action those of Emma’s sister Isabella and John Knightley, and of Mr. and Mrs. Elton, definitely a negative role model. “Nothing can be compared to the misery of being bound without love” , a point expressing a most basic value of Austen’s view of marriage.  It must not occur just to fulfill societal and economic ideals, which would be highly unethical.  To Austen there has to be genuine “Affection,” or “attachment,” which gives rise to genuine moral behavior.

In Emma, the match– the marriage– solidifies the social status of the individuals involved. Significantly important for women of this day and age, the idea of marrying within one’s social class is discussed within this novel. Austen informs her readers that, although marrying will bring security and, as mentioned before, solidarity, it can lead to situational conflict if one marries to far above or below their social standing (shown through the marriage of Weston and Miss Churchill). The relationship between marriage and social status creates hardship for other characters. For example, Mr. Churchill keeps his engagement to Jane Fairfax secret because his wealthy aunt would disapprove; Jane is an orphan retains a lower class status than Churchill himself. Jane then considers taking the position of a governess due to the lack of a perfect match. Yes, I know this seems frustrating, it’s because it is. The unmarried Miss Bates is threatened with increasing poverty without a husband to take care of her and her mother. The match between Emma and Mr. Knightley is a good one (by the book’s standards) not only because they are matched in temperament and behavior, but also because they are in the same social class.

With regards to Emma Woodhouse herself, There is much growth and development evident in her persona in the duration of the novel. In the beginning pages, the reader is witness to a headstrong and determined individual, relentless in her pursuits and determined to do what she thinks is best. This trait is evident in Emma’s determination to play matchmaker for several couples, despite warnings from her close friend Mr. Knightley. Although it is an imperfection, this independent quality of Emma’s nature is indeed impressive when her position as a young woman in a repressive society is taken into account. Emma Woodhouse is wealthy, she has a loving and doting father and an adoring sister, loyal friends, and is regarded with the utmost respect by those around her. But still, there are evident restrictions of the age that Emma must adhere to which she finds it against her nature to do. By choosing to remain unmarried for the duration of the book, Emma sets herself apart from the typical woman of the times by declaring this one shred of independent thought. Although ultimately Emma does experience love (with Mr. Knightley) and accepts his proposal of marriage, she never once compromises her beliefs in herself and her identity as being distinguishable from most women of that time.