Compose a thoughtful and well-edited minimum 2-page response to each of the two prompts that you select. Remember to double-space type your paper, and to provide a Works Cited page.
Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, Jean Cocteau’s Orpheus
1: Del Toro’s un-fairy tale ending of Pan’s Labyrinth problematizes any clear-cut way to read the film. Ofelia dies, and while the narration suggests she returns to her homeland (and her royal family) after proving herself worthy, the image of Mercedes as she looks on Ofelia’s dead body and how she reacts to El Capitan’s pleas for his baby boy still linger. Is Del Toro’s film an allegory where imagination triumphs over fascism, or a fairy tale that cannot escape the fascist reign of violence that envelops it?
Prompt #2: Is Cocteau’s film an allegory where the poet’s imagination triumphs over the humdrum of daily life, bringing new forms and energy into the world, or a dark fairy tale about domesticity, marriage, and the boundaries of love and death?
What does give your shadow a name means? Is there a clear argument here? Is this writing? Where is the five paragraphs that I am used to see? These are the questions that I was so confused about and for the confusion, I hated poetry, just like you. This is what I used to feel about poetry and the reason I turned to academic essays and scientific papers. They are much more concrete with examples and clear arguments. They don’t leave rooms for interpretation or misunderstanding. Writers show what they mean and mean what they say. And most importantly, why would you need to learn how to read a poem anyway? Knowing how to write a five-paragraph essay should be enough to give you the score you want in the SAT or ACT examination that you are about to face. Poem just seems like a waste of time, or is it? Academic writing is indeed straight forward and easily understandable, but you will be missing out if you stick to academic essays or scientific papers for the rest of your life like what I did before. Marianne Moore once said: “Poems are imaginary gardens with real toads in them” (Oliver,1994). Unlike academic essays that carries logistic and systematic reasoning, poem bring wild, imagery and they are thought provoking and reflecting. And to enjoy the artistic value or the deep ideas that the author hide under the curtain, we must first understand how a poem make meaning. Most of the time, poems make meaning with imagery. Mary Oliver once wrote “the language of the poem is the language of particulars. Without it, poe>GET ANSWER