I have decided to change the topic for my final paper in my Jewish literature class. Although my previous choices was a really interesting one, I kept gettin stuck. Knowing what I know, I decided to change it to :The portrayal of migration in two of the following texts: Motl the Cantor’s Son, Scapegoat, “Nerves,” and Betrothed.
Possible thesis: These stories of migration share some universal traits inherent to the process.
Here are some general ideas:
1. Motl, the Cantor’s son: Excitement. The tone, in this book by Sholem Aleichem, could be described as one of excitement, discovery, innocence so appropriate for a young narrator. Optimistic & hopeful despite all the hurdles the family has to go through before, on transit and upon arrival to America.
Before: I got a job
2. Nerves: Dissapointment/Split. The tone contains at times anguish and rush, and at others dissapointment and passivity. Depressing & lost.
3. Bethrothed: Light prospect
1. Anguish: Motl & Nerves
2.Obstables: Motl & Nerves
3.Corruption: Motl & Nerves
1.Tone: Motle happy/Nerves longing
3. Expectations: Motl excitement / Nerves hopelessness / Bethrothed neutral