THE STUDY QUESTION WE WILL ALL WRITE ON: CHOOSE ONE PASSAGE FROM ANYWHERE IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE BOOK AND WRITE A CLOSE READING OF IT, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT EVENTS, REFERENCES, CHARACTERIZATION, ATTITUDE OF THE NARRATOR, TONE, VOCABULARY, DESCRIPTION, ETC. ETC.
BE READY TO EXPLAIN YOUR INTEREST IN THIS PASSAGE: WHY DOES IT SEEM IMPORTANT TO YOU, AND WHAT DOES A CLOSE READING OF IT REVEAL?
Some thoughts to get you/us going (see also earlier notes and study questions):
+ Epigraphs and quotations: from what texts? What do they suggest, where do they lead us?
+ References to works of art: which works of art (and literature)? (Why so many?) What do these references suggest, where do they lead us?
+ Women, sex, death … in the PRIMITIVE LAND and in the jungle … how are these things associated (if/when they are), how and why are they important to the protagonist, his discoveries, his apparent regeneration?