These are some discussion questions that I supplied for Thursday’s class, so the following is a discussion of some of my own thoughts:
1. For me, I saw ethos and pathos as the most evident appeals in this first part of the text. I could really see the author attempting to develop a narrator who was lovable and personable…someone that we could relate too. I also found myself laughing along with the characters which is certainly an aspect of pathos. The narrator was just so awkward sometimes and had a very dry sense of humor, which pulled me in. I felt confused when he felt confused and exhausted when he felt exhausted.
2. I was honestly a little bit lost in this section of the novel where there was no text. I got the general idea of what happened, but I think a lot of the humor and relatability that I felt in the rest of the text was lost without words. It may just be personal preference, but I’d much rather see the images and text together so I can see the whole picture.
3. As I said in number 2, I think the words and images have been working really great together up until this point. Either on their own would still convey the same plot, but we really wouldn’t be able to understand the characters without both. The humor really comes out when we can see the whole picture.
4. As far as emotions and reactions, I am really enjoying the novel. I really enjoy experiencing these historical events along with the narrator. I had to refrain from reading about the situation because I don’t want to ruin that feeling!
5. I already sort of answered this, but I really find it interesting that we only know what the narrator knows. Of course, some people may be more familiar with this conflict than I am, but I find it easier to relate to the character when I have the same level of knowledge as he does.