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The Bildungsroman

"It was not for her to create, but to recognise a man created by God" (492).
D. H. Lawrence's The Rainbow (1915)

 

Responses to Path 2 prompts should deliver a structured, narrow argument in only 400-500 words, one you publish on Blackboard by 11:59 p.m. on Friday. Arguments should evince creativity and organization, support their claims with detailed evidence ( incl. page citations), and show signs of careful revision. Remember too that whether I happen to agree or not with your thesis matters little, as long as it is sufficiently supported and logically, persuasively rendered.

Some of the strongest essays will incorporate ideas from path 2 essays written by your peers and/or pertinent path 1 discussions and topics, though neither is required.


Week Six:
The Rainbow (1915), chps 14-16 (411-494)

1. does Ursula’s appreciation of her university education grow with each succeeding year?

2. what connotations does Lawrence begin to wrap tightly around the word “darkness” in the novels final chapters?

3. is the kind of “darkness” which Skrebensky transfers to Ursula (444) the type of darkness she seeks?

4. at what point does Ursula’s and Skrebensky’s intimate liaison begin to run into trouble?11. is Ursula conscious of her cruelty towards Skrebensky?

5. can you complete the sentence Ursula leaves unfinished at the middle of page 480?

6. what changes in Ursula’s mind during her two-week illness (489-492)?

7. was Ursula ever really pregnant?

8. what is it about society that makes the observant Ursula feel terror and nausea (493)?

9. is the rainbow sighted by Ursula the thing for which her female ancestors sought? Is it a luminous counter to that darkness she found in Skrebensky? What exactly does it symbolize here (493-94)? Ursula find the rainbow her female relatives have previously sought?

10. does Ursula’s courting of Nature lead to a marriage of sorts?


Nude Descending a Staircase
"Charlotte Dubourg" (1882)
Henri Fantin-Latour

Dr. Paul Marchbanks
pmarchba@calpoly.edu