In letter 131, which we read for class on 01/05, Tolkien claims that his entire mythology is concerned with "Fall, Mortality, and the Machine." So far in the Silmarillion, we've seen little of mortality or machines. Of falls, though, we've seen a few, and the rest of the Middle Earth mythology is rife with fall after fall.
In particular, our reading for today is concerned with the fall of the Elves, and of Feanor in particular. I'd like you to reflect for a bit on the nature of Feanor's fall. Is his decision to keep the Silmarils for himself justified? Do the Valar have any responsibility for Feanor's departure from Valinor? And is Feanor's decision the right one, even though he is warned that his quest to reclaim the Silmarils is doomed from the start?