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After doing more research, I think a better working title might be "The Role of Memory and its Importance: Memory and its Effects in The Giver and A Midsummer Night's Dream" and I might include Hamlet. Still thinking on that.
Still working on my thesis statement, but "Due to the influence of love potions and the lack of emotions within these mediums, readers are shown the importance of memory within a civilization. Without memory, the feelings that make us human would be nonexistent and therefore cause a lackluster world as seen in The Giver, where there is no knowledge of difference." I do not think that is better than my first. But we will see where this goes.
Hornaday, Ann. "The YA Novel 'The Giver' Comes to the Big Screen, with Good Taste and Sober, Focused Performances." Washington Post. The Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2014. Web. 18 Nov. 2016. <https://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/movies/the-giver-movie-review-lois-lowrys-award-winning-novel-comes-to-life/2014/08/11/f731daec-2167-11e4-8593-da634b334390_story.html>
This is a movie review I found on The Giver. This can help me see how contemporaries view the role of memory as it is portrayed in the movie, and its effects as I look back in time with it.
Perf. Lois Lowry. What If You Could Control Memory: Writing The Giver. Facing History and Ourselves, 26 Sept. 2011. Web. 18 Nov. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGcdEX8QeF4>
At 2:30, 4:30, 6:15, and 7 minutes into this video, Lois Lowry discusses the role of memory and feelings, and their importance to living. This will be helpful because it shows Lowry’s view on memory’s importance, and can help give me a better sense of how to read the theme in the book.
Homie – A friend, Erica Pratt, who has offered to share her thoughts on The Giver and Midsummer Night’s Dream, through commenting on a post I made on Facebook. I think she can give me insight into this topic based on her experience with Shakespeare, as I believe she has taken a Shakespeare class.
Peer – Someone I knew growing up, Julie Smith, also responded to my Facebook post and gave me helpful insight into my paper and helped me to see a different direction I could take it to connect the texts.
Enthusiast - Erin Nelsen Parekh is in the process of publishing a children’s book on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I was searching through Facebook Shakespeare hashtags, and saw a post on it, and it sounded interesting. I reached out to her with a brief explanation and some questions, and she enthusiastically responded. Her thoughts have helped me to see a new angle I can take with my paper in regards to different themes and approaches for different age groups.
Expert – One person I could try to contact would be Carter Hanson, the author of "The Utopian Function of Memory in Lois Lowry's the Giver.” I think this article could be interesting and helpful with my paper and memory, so it would be cool if I could either bounce ideas off of him or get further information on his thoughts on the topic.