REYNOLDS- HORIZON SENIOR ASSIGNMENT
A Novel By Gregory David Roberts
About the Author
"Gregory David Roberts, like the hero of his novel, spent many years as a fugitive. In 1978, after his divorce, losing custody of his daughter, and being convicted of a series of robberies committed to support his heroin habit, he was jailed in an Australian maximum security prison and sentenced to nineteen years. In 1980, he escaped over the prison's front wall, and for the next ten years eluded authorities, living in New Zealand, Asia, Africa, and Europe- but for most of that time in Bombay, where he established a free medical clinic for slum-dwellers, and worked as a counterfeiter, smuggler, gunrunner, and street soldier for the Bombay mafia. He was finally captured in Germany and served out his sentence there and in Australia, during which time he role Shantaram. He is now a full-time writer and lives in Bombay."
"It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured. I realized, somehow, through the screaming in my mind, that even in that shackled, bloody helplessness, I was still free: free to hate the men who were torturing me, or to forgive them. It doesn't sound like much, I know. But in the flinch and bite of the chain, when it's all you've got, that freedom is a universe of possibility. And the choice you make, between hating and forgiving, can become the story of your life."
FIRST ASSIGNMENT: Go to the website for Shantaram. Read through all of the different poems written by Roberts. Choose one poem to analyze. Copy and paste the poem below, and write a 100 word response to the poem you chose.
SECOND ASSIGNMENT: Read the section about the author. As you can see, Roberts has lived a wild life and has been convicted of many crimes which put him behind bars for years. As a reader, do you think an incarcerated person should have the freedom to write and have their work be published? Explain your thoughts in 100+ words.
THRIRD ASSIGNMENT: Read the first paragraph of the first chapter of Shantaram. The author mentions love, fate, hating, forgiving, and freedom. What point do you think the author is trying to make? Do you agree or disagree with the author and what he is saying in this paragraph? Explain your thoughts in 100+ words.
FOURTH ASSIGNMENT: Please review posts written by your peers and write responses to their posts. Make sure you clearly indicate which peer post you are responding to, and state whether you agree or disagree with the peer response while respectfully adding your opinion below their post.
DIRECTIONS: When adding a post, you need to title your post with your first and last name, indicate which assignment you are responding to, and then post your response to the assignment.
100+ word response
THANK YOU! :)