II. While Reading Activities
- obsession |əbˈseSHən| noun-an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind: he was in the grip of an obsession he was powerless to resist.
- consumed |kənˈso͞om|-verb –usually be consumed) (of a feeling) absorb all of the attention and energy of (someone): Carolyn was consumed with guilt.
- snooty |ˈsno͞odē| adjective -(snootier, snootiest) informal showing disapproval or contempt toward others, especially those considered to belong to a lower social class: snooty neighbors.
- afterthought |ˈaftərˌTHôt| noun- an item or thing that is thought of or added later: as an afterthought he said “Thank you.”
- incoherent |ˌinkōˈhirənt| adjective- (of spoken or written language) expressed in an incomprehensible or confusing way; unclear: he screamed some incoherent threat.
- quasi |ˈkwāˌzīˈkwäzē| comb. form seemingly; apparently but not really: quasi-American | quasi-scientific. • being partly or almost: quasicrystalline.
- idealize |īˈdē(ə)ˌlīz| verb – [with object] (often as adjective idealized) regard or represent as perfect or better than in reality: Helen’s idealized accounts of their life together.
- maverick |ˈmav(ə)rik| noun- an unorthodox or independent-minded person.
- outcast |ˈoutˌkast| noun-a person who has been rejected by society or a social group.
- anticipate |anˈtisəˌpāt| verb [with object]- 1 regard as probable; expect or predict: she anticipated scorn on her return to the theater | [with clause] : it was anticipated that the rains would slow the military campaign.
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
Spider-Man: Homecoming is a straightforward retelling of the Icarus story…Icarus, inflated with pride when outfitted with feather-and-wax wings by his inventor father, Daedalus, ignores his father’s warnings and flies too high. The sun melts the wax and Icarus plunges to his death.
This would be far too harsh a fate for a superhero, of course. Peter Parker enters into a quasi apprenticeship with Iron Man, who makes him a fancy costume that augments his powers while cautioning him to take it slow.
Grammar Focus: Prepositions
We are living in Hollywood’s Comic Book Age.
Superhero movies are seen by hundreds of people.
One way of looking at comic book movies is to see them as mental popcorn.
There is little in them for the religious right; they are socially liberal, [and] big on female empowerment.
The characters of myth illustrate very human appetites, weaknesses and strengths.
The extraordinary success of Black Panther rests in part on creating a counter-myth to centuries of racist depictions of Africa.
The biggest reason for Hollywood’s booming Comic Book Age, of course, is technology.