Explaining the quote

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]


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2 thoughts on “Explaining the quote

  1. From Peter Ye

    ‘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] It’s about a landscape in chapter 1. It also has an implication about battle. It relates to Achilles.

    ‘The man is a fighter, but when he is not fighting he is a farmer, earth is his element.’ [pg 4] This quote talks about a man’s work. It has an implication that people have different identities in different situations. It relates to Acilles.

    ‘He had grieved. But silently, never permitting himself to betray to others what he felt.’ [pg 5]This quote is about how a man’s feeling and what does he do to hide his feeling. It relates to Achilles. 
 
    ‘He felt his soul change colour.’ [pg 24] This quote shows that Achilles’s mood has changed. He is no longer that kind-hearted. It relates to Achilles.
 

    ‘But it is never enough. That is what he feels. That is what torments him.’ [pg 33]The hatred and grief in Achilles’s heart will never be swept away, even though the enemy has already died. These will torment him all the time. This quote relates to Achilles.

    ‘Meanwhile, day after day, he rages, shames himself, calls silently on a spirit that does not answer, and sleeps.’ [pg 36]This quote means after he killed enemy, he still felt angry ,and shamed himself. He called Patroclus’s soul day by day. The only normal thing he did was sleeping. This quote has an implication that the hatred in Achilles’s heart will continue, and he would never stop missing his best soul mate-Patroclus. This relates to Achilles and the theme, hatred.

    ‘It is true that the gods made me a king, but they also made me a man, and mortal.’ [pg 88]This quote means that Priam knows he’s not only a king, he’s also a normal mortal in this world. This quote has an implication that the seed of being a normal man has already grown up in Priam’s heart. This relates to Priam.

    ‘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] This quote shows that Priam is very angry about what his princes has done, he’s in a rage because his sons still think in the old way, and don’t hear what he told them. This quote has an implication that sometimes, it’s hard to change people’s thought. This quote relates to Priam and the theme” Thinking in a different way”.

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  2. From Peter Ye…continued

    ‘Only when he saw how startled Pzggriam 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] This quote means that somax thinks he has done something affronted to the king. This quote has an implication about different classes of society. It relates to Somax and the king.

    ‘But the truth is, we don’t just lie down and die, do we, sir? We go on. For all our losses.’[pg 131] This quote mean even people have many losses in their lives, but they should not give and stay where they fall down and wait for death, they should get up again and never give up. This quote has an implication that people should not be beaten by losses. This relates to Somax and the king Priam.

    ‘You didn’t expect this, eh, when you decided to set out?’ [pg 153] Sorry, I don’t understand this quote.

    ‘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] This quote show when Priam sees Achilles, he explains to him that he is not coming as king, but as a father. And he wants to ransom his son’s body back. This relates to Priam.

    ‘Priam pauses, and the cruelty of the answer that comes to his lips surprises him.’ [pg 200]
    ‘Achilles feels a chill pass through him.’ This quote means Priam is afraid that Achilles will be killed at last. And his words make Achilles feels a chill. It has an implication that Achilles might be killed. This relates to Priam and Achilles.

    ‘…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] This quote means Achilles will never has a chance to meet his father again. It relates to Achilles.

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