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March 14, 2006

Bowers

Article: Bowers -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

I tried posting this Sunday, but the blogs were down before my flight left. Sorry I'm posting it so late!

“But Cleopatra craves personal allegiance which she interprets as political, and her strategy of emotive reversal is simplistic: “If you find him sad/ Say I am dancing; If in mirth report/ That I am sudden sick. (1.3.3-5)

I like how Bowers explains in the above line about Cleopatra’s political ruling style. When I read that part, I kind of just shrugged it off as just her being her deceitful, snobby self, but Bowers is saying that just by saying that line she is actually powering over Antony.

I also liked this part:

Antony considers himself to be in a ‘fight’, the single object of which is to destroy the opponent. He thus leaves Cleopatra to ‘engage’ his competitor only to be cleverly aligned, engaged, and married to his competitor – a situation personally and politically intolerable to Cleopatra.

I really liked how Bowers says Antony and Cleopatra aren’t lovers, but competitors. When I think back on the play, there really are times when the two of them seem to compete rather than think about each other’s well being.

“All’s fair in love and war”, the cliché holds, and Cleopatra knows it just as Caesar does, even if Antony would rather not think about it.

That cliché is so true in this place. I think that line is so powerful and can pretty much sum up the entire play, since the two major themes in the play seem to be both love and war. I also think Bower’s above line really shows just how weak Antony is. Caesar and Cleopatra really are the two strongest characters in the play.

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Eats, Shoots & Leaves 3

Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves 3 -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

I just typed out my entire blog, then accidentally pressed the backspace button and it took me back to the login page, completely erasing my entire thing. Ugh. Frustrating. Anyway, I'll try this again.

Once again, I really liked Truss's humor, especially when she tells us about her penpal incident in the 8th grade. I really laughed out loud when she explained what she did to little Miss Kerry-Anne. You can really tell how passionate Truss is about grammar and punctuation. Although she would probably be extremely critical, I kind of would like her to correct papers I write. I think she is very observantand talented.

On page 107, Virginia Wolfe's long sentence is just one example of what many authors do. I've never understood why authors could write such huge sentences and get away with it. I come across it a lot while reading for my Philosophy class. I'll begin reading a sentence, find it interesting or important, start highlighting it, and before I know it I'm halfway down the page and my highlighter's low on ink.

Also, on page 114, I liked how The Medusa and the Snail explained the difference and importance of semicolons rather than periods.

"But with the semicolon there you get a pleasant feeling of expectancy; there is more to come; read on; it will get clearer."

I think that is so true.

In addition, on page 118, I liked how Truss compares a colon to a magician's assistant.

"Like a well-trained magician's assistant, it pauses slightly to give you time to get a bit worried, and then efficiently whisks away the cloth and reveals the trick complete."

I think she explains that perfectly. It's also another example of just how cleary and easy to understand Truss persents this material.

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Eats, Shoots & Leaves 2

Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves 2 -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

I didn't enjoy this chapter as much as the last one. I wish Truss had included some comical examples of companies misusing commas like she did with apostrophe. I still found the material about commas interesting and easy to read. Once again, I think this material could easily be introduced and explained in a very dry way and I'm thankful this is Truss's style.

I really did not know there was so much history behind commas and punctuation in general. I found the beginning of the chapter very informative and interesting. Also, (I know this really isn't even about commas), I really laughed out loud when I read this sentence:

"Of course, if Hebrew of any of the other ancient languages had included punctuation, (in the case of Hebrew, a few vowels might have been nice as well)..."

I think that small addition of some comical relief is really great. It kind of makes me relax a little more and take a break from all the comma information. I really liked Truss's sense of humor.

The part about the Oxford Comma was also interesting for me. I think I'm for the Oxford Comma. I guess it's always kind of bugged me when people say, for example, "Peanutbutter, jelly and bread." Although, I think I may overuse commas sometimes.

"The wedding wasn't big and fat and Greek."

I liked that line, as well. I remember that movie and I never noticed that there were three adjectives describing the wedding but no commas. Some of her examples:

"Australian red wines are better than Australian white ones."
"It was an endangered white rhino."

This was just many things Truss pointed out that I really have never noticed before.

I'm really finding this book interesting!

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Eats, Shoots & Leaves 1

Haha I really got a kick out of this book so far. I think like everybody else, I assumed I would find this material boring and dry, but I actually really enjoyed reading it.

Truss was very comical and even made me laugh out loud once during the part about "weapons required for the apostrophe war". I can't believe someone would actually take the time to not only analyze the use and misuse of a punctuation, but actually personify it. I'm not going to lie, Truss actually made me feel sorry for the apostrophe several times throughout the book. I felt pretty stupid, and actually had to remind myself it wasn't even something that has feelings.

As I was reading this, I thought about the author's style, and how a book about punctuation could have been written in other ways. These topics in the book could easily be written very dryly. I am so glad Truss actually makes the material easy to understand. I also really liked all of her examples throughout the chapter. I have seen many misuses of the apostrophe, but Truss points out mistakes made by people and companies that should really be ashamed of themselves.

I'm glad this material is being explained to us in such a fun and simple way, and I'm excited to read what else Truss has to say.

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