ENGWR 301 Novel Assignment

1. Philip Roth writes on page 359:

Finally, back on the road again, they had no idea that Philadelphia (which my father was hoping to reach by dawn of the seventeenth) had been occupied by tanks and troops of the US Army, nor did my father know that Uncle Monty, indifferent to my mother's pleading and impervious to any hardship not his own, had fired him for not showing up at work a second week in a row. My father chooses resistance, Rabbi Bengelsdorf chooses collaboration, and Uncle Monty chooses himself.

represents middle class American life in The Zoo Story and The American Dream. Are his representations of middle class American life essentially the same or do they vary?

2. In 2200-2500 words examine how each of these three paths (resistance, collaboration, independence) are illustrated in the novel. Choose one or two scenes that are most appropriate to exemplify each tactic/compulsion. Develop your discussion of these scenes and evaluate whether each character's behavioral choices could have been different without losing the moniker of resistor, collaborator or independent.

3. Roth seems to suggest that the characters are wedded to their destiny. They are seemingly genetically determined to be fated in the manner they are. In the conclusion, you may choose to explore the question of whether the class of resistor, collaborator or independent is preordained to occur.

4. You may use any sources to help you interpret the plays, but they must be cited using MLA parenthetical citation. Refer to the following page for how to cite poems as per MLA.