Working with Quotes.
At this stage of the course we expect you to have collected a range of quotes from the selected texts you are studying. It is vital to have access to these quotes to use in your writing. But how do you select the best quotes to use?
Read through the following quotes from Ransom. Write an explanation for each quote. What is the quote about? What implications/connotations does the quote have? What themes or characters does it relate to?
‘The gulf can be wild at times, its voices so loud in a man’s head that it is like standing stilled in the midst of battle.’ [pg 3]
‘The man is a fighter, but when he is not fighting he is a farmer, earth is his element.’ [pg 4]
‘He had grieved. But silently, never permitting himself to betray to others what he felt.’ [pg 5]
‘He felt his soul change colour.’ [pg 24]
‘But it is never enough. That is what he feels. That is what torments him.’ [pg 33]
‘Meanwhile, day after day, he rages, shames himself, calls silently on a spirit that does not answer, and sleeps.’ [pg 36]‘It is true that the gods made me a king, but they also made me a man, and mortal.’ [pg 88]‘You have done this because you are still thinking in the old way. I told you, I tried to tell you, that my vision was of something new.’ [pg 92]‘Only when he saw how startled Priam was at this unaccustomed touch did it occur to him that he might have committed some affront to the king’s sacred person.’ [pg 113]
‘But the truth is, we don’t just lie down and die, do we, sir? We go on. For all our losses.’[pg 131]
‘You didn’t expect this, eh, when you decided to set out?’ [pg 153]
‘I am Priam, King of Troy…I have come to you, Achilles, just as you see me, just as I am, to ask you, man to man, as a father, for the body of my son. To ransom and bring him home.’[pg 175]
‘Priam pauses, and the cruelty of the answer that comes to his lips surprises him.’ [pg 200]
‘Achilles feels a chill pass through him.’
‘…the misery of this moment will last forever; that is the hard fact he must live with. However the story is told and elaborated, the raw shame of it will be with him now till his last breath.’ [pg 214]