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April 24, 2006

Resurrection blues 2 and 3

Miller, Resurrection Blues 2 -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

I realized with this reading that I just need to start a book and finish it the whole way through. It was difficult after putting this book down for a few weeks and picking it back up to remember all of the characters names and what each of their roles are.

I was a little overwhelmed and surprised by the amount of sexual language the play used in the second half of the book. Especially when Felix and Emily were having dinner.

Felix: Of course, small things xn be better than big sometimes.

Emily: Oh? catches on. Oh, of course, Yes!

Felix: Your body. - I beg you to forgive my frankness, it's becuase I am sure, Emily, that I could... how shall I say... function with you.

I didn't really see the need for all of the sexual remarks in the play. I really don't undertsnad why they are in it.

For some reason I don't think that I undertsnad the end of the play. I found it hard to analyze. I do realize that there is some sarcasim in the play but without people actually saying it out loud it is hard for me to tell which phrases are ment to be sarcastic.
For example on page 78:

Henri... This is why this man must be hunted down and crucified; because- he still really feels everything.

Another part that confused me is when Henri brings up the point that Charley.. etc.. could have never of been alive in the first place. That part made me wonder about Charlies life. I don't really think that he is alive; I think that he is only a spirit that is trying to help people. But then I dont understand why he stayed in the jail cell.

The ending is especially weird and confusing. I undertsand that Felix turned against Emily and wanted him to come back and be crucified. I also understand that SKip wanted the same thing.

But the whole idea of fighting about the money at the end got no where. I thought that a lot of phrases and pieces of the play really didn't belong in it. Because they didn't really have a significance.

Very easy to read but a little confusing to understand all the meanings.

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April 12, 2006

Foster marked for greatness and dont read with your eyes

Foster (selections) -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

Marked with Greatness

Some of the things that Foster mentions are extremely true but sometimes I think that they are just a coincidence.
I agree when he says that heroes are always different and marked in some way whether it is with a disability, scars, physical disability etc.
But I don't think that every story and every novel is like that.
But his examples that he does use throughout this chapter really does go with what Foster is trying to say.
The foreshadowing of Oedipus is very clever and I didn't pick up on the name and the title when I first read this story in high school but Foster made it make sense to me.

I think if a writer incooperates a physical trait or marking its because he wants it to reference something or because it just goes along with the story. I agree with Foster in this sense but I think that the author just adds the deformities and such in the story because it has something to do with the story.

I wasn't impressed with this chapter nor am I extremely convinced.

Dont Read with Your Eyes

I really liked this chapter by Foster. He says:

If you don't adjust your eyes and mind to transport you from contemporary reality whatever the ending has to offer will be pretty well lost on you.
So we need to not read with our eyes.., so we can truely understand the meaning on what the story really is. But earlier Foster told us that everyone has their own interpretation about a book or story.

But if you just look at the writing and not think about what really si going on then you sometimes have troubles analyzing the reading.

I have trouble sometimes..especially when it is a difficult reading.
One example that is an easy read that I can think of is the story that we just read, the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. A lot of people like we discussed stopped reading after they found out who killed the dog. But they just read with their eyes because with out finishing the book they didn't know that this book wasn't really all about the dead dog. The book was truely about Christopher and adventures and relationships that he had.

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TRUSS hyphens and dash marks

Truss 4 & 5 -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

I was a little dissapointed when I read the chapter cutting a dash. I had to keep looking back at the title because she didn't start talkign about dashes until a few pages in.
I thought it was kind of insulting that Truss wrote how to use a question mark and an exclamation point.. Those things we learned about in the elementary grades. And if you don't know how to use an exclamation point or a question mark than you probably aren't smart enough to read this book.

I was hoping that she would of spent a little more time on hyphens and dashes becuase after we discussed them in class the other day I was confused.

I do like how she talked about the different kinds of brackets though. I have never seen anyone in a book use square brackets.. the only thing that I have seen in paranthesis and I use them quite often. Maybe too much but always legal. I think that it sometimes gets confusing when people use quotation marks all the time. I think that this punctuation mark is completely overused. Single quotations, double quoations do I even understand the difference?

I was so happy when I came along Emily Dickinson's poem "Because I Could Not Stop For Death"... this is the first reference that Truss talks about that I have actually read. And it helped me understand the dash marks.


I pretty much understood all of the rules for the hyphen. The simple ones such as using them for numbers, spelling out words, letter collision, indicated unfinished.

But I still get confsued as to which word can be hyphend to another word. Like rule number 4. These are the types that we have been working on in class and sometimes it still confuses me. I think with adn without the hyphen that the words look just fine.
I think that I would be okay if the hyphen was embolished. I think that it makes words and sentences more complicated than they have to be.

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April 7, 2006

Resurrection Blues 1

Miller, Resurrection Blues 1 -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

The prologue of the play really caught my attention and I was ready to read. I love how Miller started off talking about Jeanine and her suicide. Even though she is not a major charachter in the story (well as far as we know) it helps us understand the character of Henri and where his life is going.

The first act was kind of boring to me. I really wasn't that interested int he conversation all that much. I hated how every time Henri wanted to talk or even bring up a new subject Felix always shutted him down. He constantly would change the subject by bringing up the dentist or some other weird idea.

At this point I really like the character of Henri and the emotions that he feels. I truely believe that he sees where his cuontry is going and he really cares about the problems that the people are facing. While on the other hand his cousin, Felix, could care less. I think that Felx is a completely selfish and greedy ruler who feels that the peoples problems are their own problems.

When I read that there was a dead baby lying on the street and the blood fluke was in the water supply I wondered how and does this stuff really happen in other countries in the twentyfirst century?

What I think is sad about this play is that there is really going to be a crucifixion in this century. But what is worse is that somebody is paying them 75 million dollars to have it on ads and television.

I did find it odd that the 'criminal' did light up. didn't the general see that as bizarre and maybe a sign? I found it odd and funny how he said that oh... he just does that sometimes. I have never seen anyone light up ever!

I think this second half is going to be interesting. I am excited to see what is going to happen.

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April 5, 2006

Curious incident of the dog in the night time (Part 2)

Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 2 -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

I believe that I would find it really hard to care for someone like Christopher but their are always options that I would chose that would make things better. Even though sometimes my emotions might take over my body I think that I would be able to work it out.

It really makes me sad that Christopher's mother just left him because times got hard with the family. It makes me so sad because there are so many people in the world that can not have children and they would die just to have a child, even one with a disability. I give Christopher's father a lot of credit for the way that he handles situations and basically lets Christopher do what he wants. He lets Christopher make the decision to eat what he wants and to let him walk downt he street to the store and even lets him stay at home when he is not around. For a child that has autism, Christopher's dad gives him space and a little bit of freedom.

I know that I have enough courage and enough strength to get through all the obstacles and difficult times with my child that I could never leave her.

I try to think how I would feel if I knew that somebody I loved killed something that I really loved and enjoyed being around. I think that Christopher did exactly what I would of done if I was little. I remember when I use to get yelled at for doing something bad. I would run adn hide in the closet with all of our sheets and comforters in it. And even though it was dark I felt safe ebcause no body could see me.
It is kinda of the same thing when Christopher runs and hides in the garden shed with the tarp over his head.

The chapters in the second half of the book that really fascinated me are the ones about the train station. It took a lot of guts and putting fears aside to do what Christopher did. To be so young and able to find your way to a different city on the train is remarkable.

I believe that I would have a hard time getting shuttled around in New York City on the subway just to get a couple of blocks. And Christopher manages to sve his pet rat, Toby (Practically killing himself); ask strangers if they knew where his mothers address was (even when he never talked to strangers); manage to escape from the police...

This book definately shows us how much of an amazing child Christopher is.

I really love how this book was abuot relationships as well. Not only relationships with his neighbors (which there really isn't one because he doesn't like to talk to strangers), his father (which he learns the lies about the dog and the letters and his mother being alive and still being able to forgive), his mother (for being able to still love her in the same amount even though she abandoned him), and his school (throughout the book, even though not alot, Christopher is in school and doing problems and working hard so he can take the a-level math test and pass) which ultimately he does.

This little 15 year old boy with autism shows everyone another side of an autistic boy. Not just one that can not look at peoples faces or is extremely smart in some areas, and one that thinks only BUT a boy who learns how to love and has so much courage to do everything. A boy that is able to go out of his niche and really explore and learn on his own.

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April 3, 2006

Curious dog..

Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 1 -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

The Curious incident of the dog in the Night Time (1)

This book really is a better read the second time around. Now that I actually have read about children with autism and also experienced it first hand in a classrom when I was observing it really helps you undertsnad that situation. The Exceptional Child class that I am in really came in handy with reading this book.

Haddon does a great job showing exactly what a child with autism goes through. He gives us detials and lets us experience christopher for ourselves. For example children with autism usually do not like to be touched and christopher expresses that all through the book. Especially when he can not even hug his father (the actually spread out their fingers and touch each others hands). Child with autism also do not like to look people in the eyes and they tend to look at people form below the nose. I found this to be true in Christopher as well because he doesn't like to look at people in the face. Christopher also shows other characteristics of being autism by being so in-depth and detailed but only about certain situations and he always needs to have a response that she practical and to the point.

I believe this book to be better the second time around because I was able to pick up more things than I did before. That is probably because I already know what happens at the end of the book anways. But I could see a lot of foreshadowing throughout the book. Little instances like

"You really need to talk to your father,"

"What kind of heart attack did she have?" - and his father couldn't answer that.

His father also does not let Christopher visit his mother in 'the hospital'.
Nor does Christopher attend his mothers 'funeral'

The little facts and things through the book really show what is untruthful.

I did find it sad that a young boy who is so truthful has been lied to for over two years. I also found it rather sad that Christopher being as intelligent as he is could not understand all of the facts and put them together.

He didn't go to the funeral... his mother just disappeared... he couldn't go to the hospital... Mr. Shear's left at the same time as his mother...

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