Thursday, October 24, 2013

Words and Shades of Meaning

-Bell Work (abstruse)
-Gatsby passages continued

  • Which passage flows better?
  • What makes the other passage awkward?  Are there any words in particular?
  • What is Fitzgerald expressing in the first passage?
  • How do the synonyms selected for passage 2 affect meaning?  (Look up the original and replacement if you are uncertain.)
    • What exactly is a synonym?
    • Do "wonder" and "perturbation" mean the same thing?  "Thrilled" and "enchanted"?
  • "The difference between the almost right word and the right word really is a large matter--it's the difference between the lightning bug and lightning" (Twain).    Explain this!
-Sharing of Thesaurus reviews


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