ANALYSIS OF ?THE CIRCLE? BY DAVE EGGERS

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ANALYSIS OF ?THE CIRCLE?
FALL 2016
Before your paper can be turned in, you must take it to the writing center in the Kemp
Library. There you will be assisted with proofreading for grammar, spelling, clarity and
organization. You will receive a note describing what has been worked on during that
session. Make the corrections to submit a final paper.
On the due date, turn in all of the following: your first draft and the note from the writing
center. Staple together the final draft on top, followed by the first draft and then the
writing center note.
Basic Requirements
5 pages minimum, space and a half and stapled.
The top left side, single spaced have your name, course name and assignment title.
The following questions must be answered and the paper must be an analysis of the
book. By analysis, I mean more than a factual book report, dive in and tell me what you
think the book was really about.
1. How do the three Wise Men’s visions of the Circle differ, and by the end of the
novel which has had the greatest hand in shaping the company?
2. Choose a moment in Mae’s first week at the Circle. How does this moment
foreshadow what is to come in the rest of the novel and in the development of the
Circle as a company (and Mae’s role within it).
3. Mae and other characters measure themselves through the use of many devices
in the novel – client ratings, PartiRank, Conversion Rate, health sensors, and
polls to name a few. Is this measurement a positive or negative thing? Does it
bring people closer to or push them further from knowledge of themselves and/or
others?
4. What aspects of Mae?s life at the Circle seemed creepy or rubbed you the wrong
way? What aspects of Mae?s life at the Circle did you really like?
5. What are people gaining by committing themselves to participating in all of the
services the Circle has to offer? What are people losing?
6. Why do you think so many people are choosing to become a part of the Circle?
What is so attractive about social media?
7. Bailey uses the phrase ?All that happens must be known? when he is talking
about the SeeChange video project and holding people accountable for their
actions. This is a strong statement. In what ways do you agree or disagree with
this phrase?
8. Why does Ty maintain a secret identity with Mae? Do you think it was effective?
9. Why does Mae have such a negative strong reaction to Mercer? Why was she so
persistent in trying to convince him the value of the Circle?
10.What would closing the Circle mean?
11.The Circle is set in the near future and many of the technologies in the novel are
either akin to those that exist through companies like Apple and Google or are
quite possible to create with today’s technology. Did this novel make you rethink
your or your society’s use of technology? If so, what might be done to better
society’s intersection with technology?

ANALYSIS OF ?THE CIRCLE? FALL 2016
Before your paper can be turned in, you must take it to the writing center in the Kemp Library. There you will be assisted with proofreading for grammar, spelling, clarity and organization. You will receive a note describing what has been worked on during that session. Make the corrections to submit a final paper.
On the due date, turn in all of the following: your first draft and the note from the writing center. Staple together the final draft on top, followed by the first draft and then the writing center note.
Basic Requirements
5 pages minimum, space and a half and stapled.
The top left side, single spaced have your name, course name and assignment title.
The following questions must be answered and the paper must be an analysis of the book. By analysis, I mean more than a factual book report, dive in and tell me what you think the book was really about.
1. How do the three Wise Men’s visions of the Circle differ, and by the end of the novel which has had the greatest hand in shaping the company?
2. Choose a moment in Mae’s first week at the Circle. How does this moment foreshadow what is to come in the rest of the novel and in the development of the Circle as a company (and Mae’s role within it).
3. Mae and other characters measure themselves through the use of many devices in the novel – client ratings, PartiRank, Conversion Rate, health sensors, and polls to name a few. Is this measurement a positive or negative thing? Does it bring people closer to or push them further from knowledge of themselves and/or others?
4. What aspects of Mae?s life at the Circle seemed creepy or rubbed you the wrong way? What aspects of Mae?s life at the Circle did you really like?
5. What are people gaining by committing themselves to participating in all of the services the Circle has to offer? What are people losing?
6. Why do you think so many people are choosing to become a part of the Circle? What is so attractive about social media?
7. Bailey uses the phrase ?All that happens must be known? when he is talking about the SeeChange video project and holding people accountable for their actions. This is a strong statement. In what ways do you agree or disagree with this phrase?
8. Why does Ty maintain a secret identity with Mae? Do you think it was effective?
9. Why does Mae have such a negative strong reaction to Mercer? Why was she so persistent in trying to convince him the value of the Circle?
10. What would closing the Circle mean?
11. The Circle is set in the near future and many of the technologies in the novel are either akin to those that exist through companies like Apple and Google or are quite possible to create with today’s technology. Did this novel make you rethink your or your society’s use of technology? If so, what might be done to better society’s intersection with technology?

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