Yesterday we offered Transcendentalism and image analysis in conjunction with with the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Today we examine All the King’s Men and satire. See our ideas below!
Teaching All the King’s Men & Huey Long with Occupy Wall Street
Willie Stark makes multiple speeches throughout All the King’s Men, but most of them deal with being a regular, small town, average joe. Examining Huey Long, Willie Stark’s flesh and blood counterpart, is where Occupy Wall Street comparisons become more direct.
- Huey Long’s “Share the Wealth” Speech (The recorded version is telling.)
- Huey Long’s “Every Man A King” Speech
These two clips have shades of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Both suggest a certain level of dissatisfaction with current government. It would be easy to use Ezra Klein’s Wonkblog Primer about Occupy Wall Street, as well as his Q & A witth anthropologist David Graeber from 10/3/11, to give students a basis for linking Huey Long to today. Even just using the Q&A on its own is a great way to incorporate media literacy into the classroom. See our other post on the NBA lockout and Q&As.
Teaching Satire with Occupy Wall Street
As I said on Saturday, The Onion has been on fire this week with humorous tweets about Occupy Wall Street. All of them can easily be used to discuss satire, voice, diction, syntax and argument. We like tweets and using them in the classroom as “hooks” or quick diction/syntax analysis. See our post about tweets remembering Steve Jobs from several weeks ago.
And while it isn’t satire, I would be remiss not to mention this list from what else but The New Yorker. John Cassidy hosts the blog Rational Irrationality and his list of “Top-Ten Unlikely Occupy Wall Street Supporters” links to great arguments from big names about the movements. It’s useful once again for point of view, voice and argument analysis.
If all of this isn’t enough for you, checkout The New York Times Learning Network’s extensive Occupy Wall Street post with classroom resources. You can’t go wrong!