English III . “It’s a Try it yourself Tuesday!” February 25, 2014 Mr. Houghteling. AGENDA. Writing about Literature Name Imagery—What did we learn? College Readiness Standards: Reading . CLASSWORK/HOMEWORK.
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“It’s a Try it yourself Tuesday!”
February 25, 2014
Review the short story. Then, considering the allusions and name imagery present in the story, choose TWO characters from the story and discuss how the information we learned about their names influences our understanding of the story.
The use of Roy’s name is ironic. Roy means “king,” and with the other names of the story, it is clear Roy should be the “savior” of the family, taking the role of Jesus. In “The Rockpile,” however, Roy is disobedient, and his injury highlights the conflict that remains between Gabriel and his wife, Elizabeth.
Roy’s status as the “king” of the family, the one Gabriel wishes to protect, also demonstrates Gabriel’s distaste for Elizabeth’s son, John. Roy enjoys a favored status over his older half-brother, and he uses this status to disobey and cause disturbances in the family while rarely paying the consequences.