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November 30, 2005

Blogging Portfolio 3 (5%)

Portfolio 3 (5%) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

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November 29, 2005

Kindertransport Reflection

Kindertransport Reflection
For me, Samuels, Kindertransport was a quick and enjoyable read. Although it made me sad, I thought it was a great and well-written story. I really disliked Evelyn in the end. She abandoned her mother who did so much for her. At the age of eight, she sent her to England to save her life, spent almost ten years in concentration camps, and when she is finally free she goes to get her daughter who has forgotten and wants nothing to do with her. I think Evelyn was being terribly selfish and wasn’t thinking about how her decision would effect her in the long run. She thought the absence of her mother for so long had scarred their relationship to the point where it was impossible to fix, however, I think Evelyn definitely regrets the decision no matter how much she denies it in the end. Denamarie and I both agreed that Evelyn and her mother, Helga, did not have a great relationship at the end of the play. Evelyn doesn’t understand that Helga sent her away to England to save her life, and therefore holds it against her mother her entire life.

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Fences Reflection

Fences Reflection
Wilson’s, Fences, might as well been my favorite play we have read so far. The hardship, loss, and longing made it enjoyable and worthwhile to read.

TROY: (slow, melodically) Woman....I do my best I can do. I come in here every Friday. I carry a sack of potatoes and a bucket of lard. You all line up at the door with your hands out, I give you the lint from my pockets. I give you my sweat and my blood. I ain't got no tears. I spent them. We go upstairs in that room at night...and I fall down on you and try to blast a hole into forever. I get up Monday morning...find my lunch on the table. I go out. Make my way. Find my strength to carry me through to the next Friday. (Pause) That's all I've got Rose. That's all I got to give. I can't give nothing else.

I debated the entire play whether I liked Troy’s character or not. Although I did not think it was right that he was seeing another woman, I liked how his first priority was always providing for his family. In the above quote, the reader can see how dedicated he is to providing for them. I like how he says, “I give you the lint from my pockets”. That line really shows how he gives up everything and anything for his wife and kids. I thought for sure when Alberta got pregnant Troy would abandon her. Denamarie and I both blogged about similar events in the same. Dena explained how Troy showed his son, Cory, tough love. “He feels he owes to teach his son that you have to work at life to achieve something. Not just have everything handed to him”.

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A Man for all Seaons (Part 2) Reflection

A Man for All Seasons (Act 2) Reflection
Overall I was not too fond of Bolt’s, “A Man for All Seasons”. It was difficult for me to understand and keep track of which opinion belonged to what character. After reading it I went to the blogs and read my peers’ entries and comments and got a better understanding of what had happened throughout the play. My agenda item was about an analogy between rain water and beer. It was difficult for me to understand a lot in the play so analogies were things I picked up on easily. Although my blog was not similar to any of my peers’ blogs, I found Andy’s blog interesting. He understood the play better than I did so his blog really helped me grasp a better idea of what was going on and what was significant. Andy said, “More is constantly being juggled from side to side, kind of like a good friend stuck in between a fight between other friends”. I thought that was a great way to show how More is constantly battling between being loyal to the King, his country, God, and even his family.

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November 26, 2005

Blogging Portfolio 3 (5%)

Well, before I discuss this last EL250 Blogging Portfolio (tear), I'm going to take a little weepy trip down memory lane like some other overly-sensitive kids in our class. Haha, I'm kidding. I, too, am a bit sad EL250 and this fall semester are coming to an end. In the beginnning, I really disliked blogging. As the semester went on, however, the concept became familiar to me, and in the end I actually enjoyed it. Blogging is now a routine for me - and I like routines. It may have taken me awhile to adjust to blogging and reflecting three times a week, but I eventually got used to it. I bet when I don't have Dr. Jerz as a professor, whenever that may be, I will be constantly thinking I have to blog! Anyway, all in all, I think blogging about the material we read was helpful and definitely useful for future reference.

Love you, EL250 kids.


COLLECTION


Coverage

Kindertransport
Kindertransport Reflection
A Man For All Seasons
A Man for All Seasons (Finish)
A Man for all Seaons (Part 2) Reflection
Fences
Fences Reflection
Professor Bernhardi
Professor Bernhardi (Finish)


DEPTH

Fences



DISCUSSION

Comment on Lorin's Blog


TIMLINESS
Kindertransport
A Man For All Seasons
A Man for All Seasons (Finish)
Fences
Professor Bernhardi (Acts1-3)
Professor Bernhardi (Finish)


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Tragedy And The Common Man

Miller, ''Tragedy and the Common Man'' -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

"I think the tragic feeling is evoked in us when we are in the presence of a character who is ready to lay down his life, if need be, to secure one thing--his sense of personal dignity."


I think Arthur Miller described the tragic hero really well. People I look at as heros are ones who are willing to lay down there life in order to save others - firemen, police officers, soldiers in Iraq.

"If all our miseries, our indignities, are born and bred within our minds, then all action, let alone the heroic action, is obviously impossible."

I really liked this quote, as well; however I'm not to clear on what it means. HA. Give me some feedback!

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November 17, 2005

Bernhardi (Finish)

Schnitzler, Professor Bernhardi (Finish) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

I definitly undrerstood the last half of the play better than the first. I was able to pick out more quotes I understood and had a better idea about what was going on. I really liked this quote:


PFLUG: And why, if I may ask? All progress in the world is due to the fact that someone has had the courage to touch on matters of which the people in whose interests it lay, cried 'hands off' for centuries.

It's so true. Progress starts when someone has the guts to stand up for what they believe in.

PRIEST: Yes. In court I expressed my conviction that you had no animosity towards me - or towards that which I represent. But now I feel myself compelledto admit that in this particular case - only in this case, mind you - you acted absolutely correctly in your capacity as a doctor - that within the sphere of your dutes, just as I in mine, you could not have acted differently.

I liked the Priest's character. Like Andy said in class on Wenesday, there were really no bad or good characters. Everyone had a mixture of good and bad in them. I really respected the Priest for admitting Bernhardi was correct for not letting the Priest give the woman her last rites, after all, he was just doing his job, as was the Priest.

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November 15, 2005

Last Rites

Priest: This is hardly the place to discuss that, Professor. Who knows but that, at the bottom of her soul, which God alone can see, just in these last moments, there is the longing to free herself from sin by a death-bed confession.


I had trouble understanding much of the play, but I thought these words were powerful and stood out to me. I was really confused during this time in the play when Dr. Bernhardi would not let the priest in to give the girl her last rites. I think the priest was right and she should have been given her last rites, even if she was happy and didn't know she was dying. She was going to die either way, she might as well be cleared of her sins before passing away. Does anyone have any idea why Prof wouldn't let the priest bless her before she died? Isn't that matter up to the family anyway?

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November 13, 2005

It's a hard knock life, for us

Wilson, Fences -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

I loved this play! There is so much I could have blogged about, but I really enjoyed this point in the play:

TROY: (slow, melodical) Woman....I do my best I can do. I come in here every Friday. I carry a sack of potatoes and a bucket of lard. You all line up at the dorr with your hands out, I give you the lint from my pockets. I give you my sweat and my blood. I ain't got no tears. I spent them. We go upstairs in that room at night...and I fall down on you and try to blast a hole into forever. I get up Monday morning...find my lunch on the table. I go out. Make my way. Find my strength to carry me through to the next Friday. (Pause) That's all I've got Rose. That's all I got to give. I can't give nothing else.


I absolutely loved that quote! I debated while reading the whole play about whether or not I liked Troy. I think he was a hard worker. And I liked how his first priority was always providing for his family. I believe deep down inside he was a good man. But I also felt bad for Rose. She never put herself first, she wanted to be a good mother and wife, and she was. However, she wanted more emotionally out of Troy than he was able to give. I think the work load and hard life drained him and I can even see why he wanted to escape his life filled with work and a needy family. I know cheating isn't right, but I can relate to how trapped Troy felt. Sometimes people want things from you and you really don't have it to give and it's hard for them to understand.

I also thought it was weird how Troy died- swinging the bat and smiling. Kind of creepy in a way. He relived his mistake with baseball all his life, and even stopped his son from pursuing a sport because of his own mistakes. He died while swinging a bat with an imaginary ball thrown by an imaginary pitcher. It's ironic because he imagined "Mr. Death" several times throughout the play, and there he was in his own front yard, imagining himself playing baseball and Mr. Death really did come and take him.


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November 09, 2005

I wish rain water was beer

Bolt, A Man for All Seasons -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

STEWARD: ...All right so he's down on his luck! I'm sorry. I don't mind saying that: I'm sorry! Bad luck! If I'd any good luck to spare he could have some. I wish we could all have good luck, all the time! I wish we had wings! I wish rain water was beer! But it isn't...And what with not having wings but walking - on two flat feet; and good luck and bad luck just being exactly even stevens; and rain being water- don't you complicate the job by putting things in me for me to miss! I did, you know. I nearly fell for it.


I really liked this quote. Steward kind of lashes out and babbles about wanting good luck and rain water being beer. I can relate to it because everyone seems to be constantly striving and searching for luck in life. I did not understand a whole lot in the play, so I'm looking forward to reading others' blogs to help me better understand the second half of "Man for all Seasons".

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November 06, 2005

My Blogging Portfolio

Portfolio 2 (5%) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

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Kings are born drunk.

Bolt, A Man for All Seasons -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

CROMWELL: ...Yes it may be that I am a little intoxicated. (Leaves Richard standing) But not with alcohol, I've a strong head for that. With success! And who has a strong head for success? None of us gets enough of it. Except Kings. And they're born drunk.


Cromwell wants to become Secretary to the Council. I really liked how he compared alochol to success. It's such a cocky sort of statement, but so true! Kings are born into royalty and are guaranteed success, which can be frustrating to the common man who works hard for not nearly as much wealth as kings.

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November 05, 2005

Love you, mom.

Samuels, Kindertransport -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

LIL. You mean your first mother?

EVELYN. She wanted me to be hers forever.

LIL. I thought you'd forgotten her.

EVELYN. It doesn't matter. I have.

This made me want to cry. I really disliked Evelyn in the end. I cann't even begin to imagine how hard it must have been for Helga to hear her own daughter she doesn't want anything to do with her. Helga saved her daughter's life and sent her to England where she could be safe, spent like 10 years in concentration camps, comes home to find that her own flesh and blood has forgotten about her. That's rough. I think if I was Helga I'd like shoot myself. I feel so bad for the women. It made me want to call my mom up and be like "I love you!" Haha.

The fact that Helga said she wanted to keep Evelyn forever seems to anger Evelyn; however at the very end Evelyn asks Faith,

FAITH. What can I do for you? Please tell me what I can do to help?

EVELYN. Stay my little girl forever.

I think Evelyn thought at age eighteen it was too late to fix the relationship with her mother and gave up. However, that decision has haunted her throughout her whole life, no matter how much she denies it.


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November 04, 2005

Blogging Portfolio 2 (5%)

The following are links to my thoughts and feelings about plays we have read from October 1 to November 4, 2005. The blogs I have been working on have been placed in categories such as Coverage, Depth, Timliness, Interaction, and Wild Card.

COLLECTION

Coverage
Creepy
Pride
Faustus (Act II to End)
Incestuous Sheets
As Woman's Love
Shakespeare in the Bush
Betty and Bill Fall in Love
The Glass Menagerie (Scenes 1-5)
The Glass Menagerie (Finish)
Kindertransport
Anonymous, York Corpus Christi Plays
Various, York Corpus Christi Background


Depth
Pride
Betty and Bill Fall in Love
Kindertransport


Interaction
Comment on Lorin's blog about Fuddy Meers.
Comment on Kevin's blog about Hamlet (Acts 1 and 2)
Comment on David's blog about Hamlet (Act 1 and 2)
Comment on Denamarie's blog about Hamlet (Acts 3-5)


Timeliness
Creepy
Incestuous Sheets
The Glass Menagerie (Scene 1-5)
Kindertransport


Wild Card
A Learning Experience

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November 03, 2005

Selfishness

Williams, The Glass Menagerie (Finish) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

As soon as Amanda meets Jim, she has a half page line. All she talks about is herself and all her gentlemen callers who were "sons of planters", of course. I think she is really selfish. They say you form opinions about new people you meet in the first 30 seconds. I would hate her! The only word Jim gets out before he is cut off by another long line, is "She-".

I also found it interesting that at the end when Amanda says, "You live in a dream; you manufacture illusions", Tom immediately says "I'm going to the movies". I think Amanda has pushed both her children to be really insecure about themselves. Tom's escape is the movies, Laura's is her glass. The both live in separate worlds to escape the nagging annoyances of their mother. Finally Amanda pushed Tom to the point where he left; however, I don't think Laura will ever leave her mother's side, which is a good thing for Amanda - she'll have someone to manipulate forever.


I am a little unclear about what happens at the very end. Does Tom leave for good like his father? What is the deal with Laura blowing out candles?

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