Describe yourself as a character in a novel. Describe the gestures, postures, revealing habits, characteristic word phrases you use.

ASSIGNMENT

Describe yourself as a character in a novel. Describe the gestures, postures, revealing habits, characteristic word phrases you use. Try to imitate yourself, by way of parody. What kind of person would you describe yourself as being?

Explain who you are to a visitor from another planet.

Who are you? Compare the descriptions you would provide

On a job application.

On a first date.

In a talk with your parents, as you are trying to tell them what you have decided to do with your life.

In a trial with you as the defendant, trying to convince the jury of your “good character.”

As the “I” in the statement “I think, therefore I am” (Descartes).

What is involved in being a “human being”? What (or who) would be included in your characterization? What (or who) would be excluded?

Is it ever possible to know—really know—another person?

Imagine what it would be like to suspect that you can never know another person’s true feelings, that all his or her movements and gestures are intended to fool you and that you can no longer assume that what the individual means (for example, by a smile or a frown) is what you mean by the same outward movement.

How do you feel about this?

You say to yourself, “I am going to move my arm.” You decide to do it, and—lo and behold—your arm moves. How did you do that?

Describe yourself as a character in a novel. Describe the gestures, postures, revealing habits, characteristic word phrases you use.