"Under the Dome" 2nd Guiding Question
11/17/2013 07:34:58 am
It has been suggested that King's "Under the Dome" is a subtle and complex microcosm of modern day America. Considering this argument, discuss the role of the character James "Big Jim" Rennie from the novel and how he fits into this metaphorical view. Why do you think Big Jim is so successful in rising from a mere used car salesman to exerting such significant influence over the town of Chester's Mill? What did you think of Big Jim's character and especially of his relationship with and manipulation of his son?
11/18/2013 03:32:24 am
1) What is a microcosm?
11/18/2013 04:18:05 am
1) If you do not know a word, look it up. As AP students I expect you to be self-driven in your acquisition of knowledge; to "reach" for the learning.
11/18/2013 10:38:06 pm
11/19/2013 10:37:57 am
I agree, in a crisis people always look towards the people who are composed. Like Hitler, or the emperor from Star Wars.
11/20/2013 03:48:34 am
11/19/2013 11:10:52 am
1. "Under The Dome" is a microcosm of the United States because Big Jam is part of the board of the town that acts like the U.S. government.
11/20/2013 03:39:27 am
1)"Under the Dome is definitely a microcosm of modern day America, If America were to go into a dictatorship. Big Jim Rennie would be the dictator, the person who runs forward to claim all power.
12/10/2013 08:30:15 am
- Mostly I agree with you,but what do you mean when you say " Big Jim" is a symbol of a microcosm? I would think that Chester's Mill would be a perfect symbol of a microcosm because it really is a microcosm
11/28/2013 08:37:26 am
Stephen King's novel, "Under the Dome", is seen as a microcosm of modern day America. The character, James, "Big Jim" represents this metaphorical view throughout the novel. In King’s, “Under the dome", Big Jim is characterized as an ambitious, obsessed, corrupted, and manipulated person. Therefore, Big Jim represents a microcosm symbol. Thus, after the dome killed police chief, Duke, Big Jim was the next "leader" of the mill. Because Chester’s mill was separated from society, this developed Big Jim to dominate power. Therefore, Big Jim was successful in rising from a mere used car salesmen. Pursuing this further, Big Jim was fortunate to rise from a used car salesmen because Big Jim managed to manipulate the audience from previous experiences. Furthermore, because Big Jim was a salesman, James managed to use Aristotle’s rhetorical triangle to maneuver the public toward his favor. Moreover, Big Jim manipulates Junior’s behavior throughout the story. Additionally, at the beginning of the novel, Junior characterizes as a psychopath, but because Big Jim influences Junior’s conduct, Junior and Big Jim have an ambivalent, disorganized relationship. In conclusion, Chester’s mill’s, Big Jim has become a microcosm symbol in King's, "Under the Dome".
12/4/2013 06:06:46 am
I agree with you in all parts. About the rhetorical triangle I agree with you because he is using his words towards the people , so they can trust him and make him the head leader of Chester Mill.
12/4/2013 06:03:59 am
The book "Under The Dome" it is a microcosm of modern day America. I think that Big Jim successfully became the leader of Chester Mill because he was the one that stepped in and wanted to have power over the people. I believe that Big Jim's character is a obsess person that just wants power. Probably because he was just a car salesman. He also overpowers his own son. He told him to be the chief for the town while the Chester Mill is in trouble. Big Jim is also a an ignorant person. He doesn't even know what his son did and lets him do anything.
12/10/2013 08:27:09 am
- Steven King's "Under the Dome" is most definitely a microcosm of modern day America. I wouldn't say it's a subtle microcosm, but it is kind of a complex microcosm. If America fell under a dictatorship most people would be too weak minded to understand what was happening and would probably just let it happen, and would be to weak to do anything about it when they figure it out.
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