Q & A: “What is the difference between a ’round character’ and a ‘dynamic character’?”

Q: "What is the difference between a 'round character' and a 'dynamic character'?" A: The terms "round character" and "flat character," first coined by British novelist E.M. Forster in his lecture, Aspects of the Novel (1927), refer to characters with multiple, often contradictory personality traits and those with a single character trait. Forster points out that … Continue reading Q & A: “What is the difference between a ’round character’ and a ‘dynamic character’?”

Q & A: “Why are ghosts referred to as ‘shades’?”

Q: Why are ghosts referred to as 'shades'?" A: At least since the ancient Greeks -- though probably reaching back much further -- death (thanatos, θάνατος, in ancient Greek) has been associated with darkness, specifically melas (μέλας), meaning "dark" or "black." This ancient Greek adjective is in fact attached to thanatos numerous times throughout the works … Continue reading Q & A: “Why are ghosts referred to as ‘shades’?”

The Gift of Pop Culture to the Open-Minded English Teacher

I firmly believe that young people are capable of developing an understanding and appreciation of classical literature, but it is the naive teacher who thinks that his or her students will arrive at this appreciation at first glance; naturally, it requires nurturing. I have found that the best way to inaugurate this nurturing is to … Continue reading The Gift of Pop Culture to the Open-Minded English Teacher