Since we have our Midterm Exam on Thursday and will only be covering one text this week, the prompts below are the same for Tuesday and Thursday posts.
1. In contrast to many shonen manga and anime series that focus on physical action and adventure, Death Note is far more cerebral in its overall narrative mode. Discuss how this plays out in the manga and explain why you think it does or does not manage to create appropriate suspense for readers. Be sure to talk about some specific examples or moments in the story.
2. Compare and contrast the characters of Light Yagami and L. Why do you think the narrative decides to pit them against one another in an epic battle of wits? Discuss specific aspects of their characters that make them effective nemeses.
3. In some ways, Ryuk is the most mysterious character in Death Note. We learn very little about him apart from the fact that he is a shinigami and he finds humans far more interesting than his own kind. Discuss Ryuk's depiction in the manga and consider his purpose in the story. Do you think Ryuk is similar to demonic figures of temptation in Western literature such as Mephistopheles, Lucifer, or the devil at the crossroads-someone who offers a bargain that seems to good to be true, often for their own personal and evil reasons, which will come back to haunt the one who accepts the offer? Discuss your ideas and refer to specific examples to support your thoughts.