So, first day of the week. Despite my misgivings over the task at hand, I think I have a good idea where I want to go with the take-home examination I was given. That said, going from idea to action is a different thing entirely, and in all honesty, I’m not sure I have what it takes to replicate the wordiness of Dickens’ (or Balzac actually) style. It’s one thing to pad a narrative with words, but one has to recall that Balzac and Dickens were practitioners of Realism, meaning that despite the wordiness each word wasn’t really wasted, and used instead to describe, with great detail, pretty mundane things. Then there’s the lyric and melodic quality of the prose and, well, it’s no wonder I’m a little daunted. And with the word limit we’re given (1000 per question), well, I suppose this is the part where we have to balance the verbosity with the narrative actually doing it’s job.
As for the second entry, eh, I’m far too embarrassed to go with the first choice, so I’ll just go with question number two. Yes, I’m going for the easier question, but as I already mentioned, I’m not really comfortable with what the first one entails. Besides, the usage of wildly differing theories in the text itself, and consciously at that, is another of my weak points.
In any case I better finish both by the end of tomorrow though, so I can work on the exegetic essays to both.