Bradley, Walter (2011). Gib’s Odyssey and Lyons Press, Guilford, CT.

 

Bradley, Walter (2011). Gib’s Odyssey: A Tale of Faith and Hope in the Intracoastal Waterway. Lyons Press, Guilford, CT. (The story of Gib Peter’s response to a diagnosis of ALS, and the ensuing adventure.)
Indicate the title of the book. This must be underlined! Describe the central life challenge (material/physical, emotional/spiritual, social) at the core of the book. Explore the life journey taken by the writer or protagonist identifying and analyzing themes, processes and issues identified in the course. Discuss aspects of adult development apparent in this story. Use quotes from the book and other course readings/lecture/video sources to support your points, and list your sources in APA style in a reference list at the end of your essay. Discuss the ways in which your understanding of adult development was enriched/altered by this read. What did the story teach you? How did it challenge you? What adult development issues were addressed in the story? Please use these questions as a guide to writing your analysis. You must apply course concepts and terminology in your analysis of the book you chose. Your grade depends on your ability to do this. I am not looking for a summary of the plot, but rather an analysis of how you observe adult development to occur in your book, and how you see course concepts unfolding in the story. Please use quoted passages from the book as specific examples to illustrate your points. (Cite terms and quotes with last name/page #. Please include a reference page.) 1. Describe the central psychological struggle or challenge the protagonist confronts in the story. a. Are there off-time events? On-time events? An overload of stressors? (etc.) 2. Discuss the life stage of the protagonist. What issues relevant to this stage of adult development do you observe in the story? Is gender relevant? 3. If illness plays a role in the protagonist’s struggle, address these aspects: a. What types of challenges accompany the illness? b. What resources are available? c. What inner strengths and abilities help the protagonist to continue to confront their challenge? 4. Discuss how adult development proceeds in the story. a. Discuss whether/how crises affect her/his movement towards wisdom, enlightenment, personal growth? b. Give an example of a particular challenge (stressor) encountered by the protagonist and discuss her/his way of coping with this challenge. c. Do you observe gender or gender roles to be involved? 5. Is there a turning point in the story? Discuss the outcome in developmental terms. (Does the story portray a spiritual or psychological awakening or pivotal new awareness on the part of the protagonist?) 6. Discuss the protagonist’s social convoy. What role did the social convoy play in the protagonist’s struggle? What kind of support/assistance those within it provide? (give examples) 7. Discuss the role of culture and financial advantage or disadvantage in how things go for the protagonist (give examples). 8. In what ways were you able to see development occur in the protagonist throughout the story? What type of growth/change did you observe? (Utilize course material to identify aspects of development you observed and give examples.) a. In what ways did you see the protagonist triumph? What kinds of gains were made? b. In what ways did you see the protagonist struggle or fail? How was their development affected? 9. Did this story increase your knowledge/understanding of a particular aspect or aspects of adult development? What insights about life challenges and life journey were conveyed? For an “A”, • Paper covers the questions above (that are relevant to your book) in a way that shows your grasp of course concepts and your ability to apply them. • Paper shows your ability to apply and incorporate terminology from the course. • The paper is organized – you approach one question at a time (not with numbers, but with paragraphs), make a clear set of points with the use of quotes from the story, and then move on to the next question. • You are able to use specific passages from the book and to apply specific terms and connections to course material for each question. • The paper has been carefully proof read, book titles are underlined, caps are used appropriately, and there are few errors in spelling and grammar. Please use these questions as a guide to writing your analysis. You must apply course concepts and terminology in your analysis of the book you chose. Your grade depends on your ability to do this. I am not looking for a summary of the plot, but rather an analysis of how you observe adult development to occur in your book, and how you see course concepts unfolding in the story. Please use quoted passages from the book as specific examples to illustrate your points. (Cite terms and quotes with last name/page #. Please include a reference page.) 1. Describe the central psychological struggle or challenge the protagonist confronts in the story. a. Are there off-time events? On-time events? An overload of stressors? (etc.) 2. Discuss the life stage of the protagonist. What issues relevant to this stage of adult development do you observe in the story? Is gender relevant? 3. If illness plays a role in the protagonist’s struggle, address these aspects: a. What types of challenges accompany the illness? b. What resources are available? c. What inner strengths and abilities help the protagonist to continue to confront their challenge? 4. Discuss how adult development proceeds in the story. a. Discuss whether/how crises affect her/his movement towards wisdom, enlightenment, personal growth? b. Give an example of a particular challenge (stressor) encountered by the protagonist and discuss her/his way of coping with this challenge. c. Do you observe gender or gender roles to be involved? 5. Is there a turning point in the story? Discuss the outcome in developmental terms. (Does the story portray a spiritual or psychological awakening or pivotal new awareness on the part of the protagonist?) 6. Discuss the protagonist’s social convoy. What role did the social convoy play in the protagonist’s struggle? What kind of support/assistance those within it provide? (give examples) 7. Discuss the role of culture and financial advantage or disadvantage in how things go for the protagonist (give examples). 8. In what ways were you able to see development occur in the protagonist throughout the story? What type of growth/change did you observe? (Utilize course material to identify aspects of development you observed and give examples.) a. In what ways did you see the protagonist triumph? What kinds of gains were made? b. In what ways did you see the protagonist struggle or fail? How was their development affected? 9. Did this story increase your knowledge/understanding of a particular aspect or aspects of adult development? What insights about life challenges and life journey were conveyed? For an “A”, • Paper covers the questions above (that are relevant to your book) in a way that shows your grasp of course concepts and your ability to apply them. • Paper shows your ability to apply and incorporate terminology from the course. • The paper is organized – you approach one question at a time (not with numbers, but with paragraphs), make a clear set of points with the use of quotes from the story, and then move on to the next question. • You are able to use specific passages from the book and to apply specific terms and connections to course material for each question. • The paper has been carefully proof read, book titles are underlined, caps are used appropriately, and there are few errors in spelling and grammar.

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