Sunday, February 3, 2008

Blog Assignment #4 (group 2)

Option #1) Keep in mind our discussion of irony. Irony, for our purposes, is "speaking with a forked tongue," saying one thing while meaning another. As in "Thank you, officer," or "I'm happy to have had the chance to take biochemistry for the third time." Tricky's appropriation of "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" is a classic example of how irony works.

Your assignment is to locate at least one specific passage from the end (say, chapter 30 or beyond) of "A Connecticut Yankee" where you believe Twain is being ironic, using Hank Morgan's voice: in other words, Hank Morgan says one thing, but Twain means another. Discuss the importance of this particular instance of irony.

Option #2) Discussing at least one passage from "The Principles of Scientific Management" in detail, either offer a detailed discussion of ways in which Hank Morgan operates as a scientific manager, or a detailed discussion of the role of scientific management in your own life.

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