Making Connections for Constructing Answers
When constructing an answer for making connections, your priority is to make a connection between the answer itself, the text and question. This video will feature a step-by-step example and the mental process that is required in order to construct the best answer.
- The text we’ll use here is Robert Frost’s ‘Fire and Ice’.
- It’s a concise nine-line poem that examines human nature and an age-old question about how the world may end.
- Yet, the human nature point is perhaps the most interesting.
Part One: The Question
Discuss how Frost’s poem ‘Fire and Ice’ reflects human nature.
This question requires us to make some connections between the text and the idea of human nature.
There are many possible answers here, but we’ll focus on one for the purpose of this activity.
Part Two: Panic, Think
Human nature? Where can we find human nature in this passage? There are two keywords that stand out here ‘hate’ and ‘desire’. They are emotions. ‘desire’ is attached to fire, and ‘hate’ is attached to ice.
Part Three: Where’s the Connection?
Emotions are part of human nature, and to attach them to the bipolar nature of the poem suggests something about the two. The persona prefers desire to hate. But both are okay. Another question: What do you think this means about human nature?
Part Four: Making the Connection
The poem may be about the world ending – but many other things end too. Relationships, for instance. People are represented as ‘fire’ (very ferocious and passionate) or ‘ice’ (quiet and bitter). It reflects the differences and division in people.
Part Five: Completing the Connection of Making Connections
Q: How does Fire and Ice represent human nature?
- Human nature = relationships
- Represents relationships through personification of fire and ice.
- Symbolically represents the division in people, contrasting it with two possible ‘endings’.