Hsc Fiftieth Gate Essay

  • 12 Oct 2009, 2:52 PM#1

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    The Fiftieth Gate - History and Memory

    We were told to read and annote things on "history and memory" - but WHAT exactly? The whole book seems to be about the guy looking to the past (memory) around the holocaust (history), so what exactly do we annote? Im a little confused...
    And if you would like, you can explain a little about what the story is about

    Thanks

  • 13 Oct 2009, 2:02 AM#2

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    Horrible... Horrible writer that man is... The book is essentially the story of a man writing a book. I was half expecting one of the chapters to say something like "and i picked up the pen, and began to write... the ink flowed as ... etc. for the next few hundred pages or so on his experiences writing the book"

    What you want to be doing is annotating quotes, important sections or whatever, and the annotations should be how the part uniquely relates to History and memory in these standard ways:

    1. It demonstates that history is bias
    2. It demonstrates that memory is bias
    3. It demonstrates that Memory goes throught social filters
    4. It demonstrates the concept of a collective memory, or a collective history, ie what most people recount, is what happened.
    5. It represents how History can aid/support/put tension on/interact with memory.
    6. i forgot.
    7. Memory appeals to human emotions
    8. History focuses more on documented events, and facts.
    9. the view that history is superior to memory
    10. the idea that history dictates the past, rather than the past dictating history.

    These 10 things are the "standard" ideas they want you to use as topic sentences in your essay. (besides 6. which escapes me)
    Originally Posted by Need_Help
    We were told to read and annote things on "history and memory" - but WHAT exactly? The whole book seems to be about the guy looking to the past (memory) around the holocaust (history), so what exactly do we annote? Im a little confused...
    And if you would like, you can explain a little about what the story is about

    Thanks

  • 13 Oct 2009, 2:04 PM#3

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    Thanks, where did u get those 10 things from?


  • 13 Oct 2009, 2:16 PM#4

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    I picked them up over about 6 weeks of English classes, and refined it down to those 10 fundamental things.
    Originally Posted by Need_Help

    Thanks, where did u get those 10 things from?


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    Re: The Fiftieth Gate - History and Memory

    yeah i get what you're saying.
    i liked the 50th gate cos it was different to what i'd normally read, and also cos i'm good at that module

    and yeah i LOVED frankenstein, that was actually interesting.. i was shocked when the monster wasn't called frankenstein.

    which text did you study for module B?

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  • The Fiftieth Gate: A Journey Through Memoryliked it3.0 · Rating details ·  425 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews

    ′This gate here, I recognise it. Behind it is a steep slope, a hill, fields, grass. We would slide down it in winter.′
    At last, an incontrovertible test through which my father′s memory might be vindicated. Two lone gates that appear to lead nowhere.
    ′Push,′ we scream, ′lift the latch and push.′
    ′No. I remember too much now. No.′


    A love story and a detective story, a study′This gate here, I recognise it. Behind it is a steep slope, a hill, fields, grass. We would slide down it in winter.′
    At last, an incontrovertible test through which my father′s memory might be vindicated. Two lone gates that appear to lead nowhere.
    ′Push,′ we scream, ′lift the latch and push.′
    ′No. I remember too much now. No.′


    A love story and a detective story, a study of history and of memory, this spellbinding new work explores a son′s confrontation with the terror of his parents′ childhood.

    Moving from Poland and Germany to Jerusalem and Melbourne, Mark Raphael Baker travels across the silence of fifty years, through the gates of Auschwitz, and into a dark bunker where a little girl hides in fear. As he returns to scenes of his parents′ captivity, he struggles to unveil the mystery of their survival.

    The Fiftieth Gate is a journey from despair and death towards hope and life; the story of a son who enters his parents′ memories and, inside the darkness, finds light....more

    Paperback, 339 pages

    Published January 30th 1997 by 4th Estate - AU

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