Oblonsky occupied the honorable and lucrative position of president of one of the government boards at Moscow. This post he had received through his sister Anna’s husband, who held one of the most important positions in the ministry to whose department the Moscow office belonged. But if Karenin had not got his brother-in-law this berth, then through a hundred other personages—brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles, and aunts—Stiva Oblonsky would have received this post, or some other similar one, together with the salary of six thousand absolutely needful for him, as his affairs, in spite of his wife’s considerable property, were in an embarrassed condition. Half Moscow and Petersburg were friends and relations of Stepan Arkadyevitch [Oblonsky]. He was born in the midst of those who had been and are the powerful ones of this world. One-third of the men in the government, the older men, had been friends of his father’s, and had known him in petticoats; another third were his intimate chums, and the remainder were friendly acquaintances. Consequently the distributors of earthly blessings in the shape of places, rents, shares, and such, were all his friends, and could not overlook one of their own set; and Oblonsky had no need to make any special exertion to get a lucrative post. He had only not to refuse things, not to show jealousy, not to be quarrelsome or take offense, all of which from his characteristic good nature he never did. It would have struck him as absurd if he had been told that he would not get a position with the salary he required, especially as he expected nothing out of the way; he only wanted what the men of his own age and standing did get, and he was no worse qualified for performing duties of the kind than any other man.
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Address the following questions about The Mysterious Stranger with a minimum of quotations–and none longer than 4-5 words. Instead of quoting, paraphrase.
Address the following the form of an essay–one theme that covers all these questions–of about 1000 words. Due Friday Dec. 11 by 11:59pm. Email it to me, but the file must have the extension .doc or .docx or .rtf
What is the moral sense and what does it have to do with witch hunts and wars? Why does the Angel Satan insist that the words “inhumane” and “brutal” are misused?
Politics in Literature and Film
Power and the Market
Due: March 1st in class
Compare the criticisms made of the capitalist/free market system in the readings and film in Weeks 4 and 5. How does power, defined broadly, affect the workings of the market?
Note: you have to understand both the film, the articles, and the novel—the entire novel—to write a good paper. If you only cite material from the first 150 pages of the novel, or the first 30 minutes of the film, for example, I’m going to notice and your grade is going to suffer.
Your paper should be roughly 1500 words, double-spaced, with one-inch margins, stapled or paper-clipped. I will grade it in large measure on the degree to which it directly engages the novel and film. For more information on how I will grade your paper, see this link.