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March 30, 2007

Yay blank verse day :(

O'Connor, "Good Country People" -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"...every year she grew less like other people and more like herself--bloated, rude, and squint-eyed."

She's mean, she's rude, she's no Joy to have near.
She mocks, she talks sarcastic as can be.
The irony in her name is quite clear.
She wants her mom to accept her you see.

Her leg may be fake but she's really smart--
Cept' for getting fooled by Manly's cruel act.
Her beliefs in action broke her small heart.
No one would guess a stolen leg's impact.

Posted by CheraPupi at 8:31 PM | Comments (3)

March 29, 2007

Encounter with the Enemy-Sweet Sixteen!

O'Connor (Choose One of Three) -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"In those times, she said, everything was normal but nothing gad been normal since she was sixteen."

I totally agree with Lorin and Jennifer. The past is SO important in this story. The General and Sally are complete opposites. The General wants to forget the past for he feels it has nothing to do with today (which is ironic for it is why he has the General's uniform and gets all the attention he loves) and Sally can't forget it. Lorin talks about her nostalgia in her blog, but I would go a step further and say that Sally really wishes she were 16 again. She says that's when things were "normal" so obviously she yearns to go back. She's been in college for 20 years and she's obviously having such a hard time with the fact that her grandfather might die. She wants him there to be proud of her and to make her look good in front of everyone. It's almost as if she still has the mentality of a 16 year old girl.

Posted by CheraPupi at 12:24 PM | Comments (1)

March 27, 2007

Hey, they're human!

Desmond, ''Flannery O'Connor's Misfit and the Mystery of Evil.'' -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"While there are surely elements of self-pity and self-justification in his statement, his mental suffering, his sense of guilt, and his questioning cannot be ignored or dismissed, because it reflects a spiritual condition that is both fundamentally human and conspicuously modern in temper."

As I was reading this article, I realized that I felt the same way about the misfit as I did about Mr. Shiftlet. After all of the wrong and "evil" things they do, I still don't hate them. I want to hate them. I want to think they're "evil" men, but I don't. This quote kind of explains what I was trying to say in class yesterday (kind of). Something about the way they think and talk to other characters, and the thoughts and feelings they reveal, makes me think that they are not bad people. Could they just be really good con-men who say these things as lies? They could be. I think that's the beauty of O'Connor's work, she really makes you wonder. She doesn't come right out and tell you, "This is what this person means." I feel that the Misfit and Mr. Shiftlet have some "good" in them as Desmond points out. They are just confused men who are struggling within to figure out where they belong.

Posted by CheraPupi at 3:49 PM | Comments (2)

March 25, 2007

Sooo predictable!

O'Connor, ''A Stroke of Good Fortune'' -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"Little Mister Good Fortune!" she called him.

It was at this point in the story that I knew Ruby was pregnant and not "sick." I was kind of disapointed that it was so predictable! I've really enjoyed the other O'Connor stories and thought they were brilliantly written.

Posted by CheraPupi at 6:46 PM | Comments (1)

Decent guy?

O'Connor, ''The Life You Save May Be Your Own'' -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

'Mr. Shiftlet stopped just inside the yard and set his box on the ground and tipped his hat to her as if she were not in the least afflicted; then he turned toward the old woman and swung the hat all the way off."

I have to admit that I was really unsure of Mr. Shifltet's motives in this story. I was really expecting him to be like a con man or totally take advantage of this woman and her daughter. I was really surprised to see that he was a decent guy. Although he left Lucynell, I still felt he was a decent guy. He may have been a bit of a hypocrit, but who isn't? What do you guys think about his character? After reading Matt's blog, I see that there is some disagreement about Mr. Shiftlet. I was just wondering what everyone else thought of him!

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March 22, 2007

The enemy of grammar?

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

ďThe dash is nowadays seen as the enemy of grammar, partly because overtly disorganized thought is the mode of most email and (mobile phone) text communication, and the dash does an annoyingly good job in these contexts standing in for all other punctuation marks.Ē

I never use the dash. I realized this after reading this section. I do not know when the proper time to use it is, so I just donít use it. I donít even use it in text messages and emails. Working in the Writing Center, I see papers literally full of dashes. Sometimes a paper has so many dashes that it is all you see when you look at the paper. I donít ever recall being taught in school when to use the dash.

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March 20, 2007

Whose comma?

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

"Why the problem? Why the scope for such differences of opinion? Aren't there rules for the comma, just as there are rules for the apostrophe?"

I was at a writing conference over the weekend and the question was asked, "Should grammar be taught?" There were a ton of answers but there was one that I thought of when I read this. A woman from Kent State University said, "No. Grammar should not be taught because who's to say what is proper?" She mentioned that in Japan, they have a panel of people who inform the country of the correct way to use the language and parts of the language. In America, we don't have that for English. What is the ONE correct way to teach grammar? There isn't an answer, and as a result, there is confusion.

On a totally different note, I have never thought about the origin of grammar. I really like how Truss mentions the history of punctuation marks. It totally makes sense that the comma came about from actors reading manuscripts. It told them when to pause. I thought that was really cool to think about.

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March 18, 2007

I'm undecided!

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

"...we got very worked up after 9/11 not because of Osama bin Laden but because people on the radio kept saying "enormity" when they meant "magnitude"..."

When I first read Dr. Jerz's email regarding students' reactions to this book, I was kind of nervous. I thought FOR SURE I'd be one of the ones to get mad. Honestly, I really like the book. I can really relate to Truss and other "sticklers" out there. I'm one of those people who can't even read a book for pleasure without picking out the grammatical errors. It's not even that I look for them, they literally pop out on the page. I think it's hilarious to see examples of public signs and advertisements, and even newspaper articles with incorrect punctuation. I do, however, have two complaints. The first, is the quotation above. I'm not going to lie, I was a little upset when I read this. I can go on and on about why and how I feel about 9/11, but that's a totally different conversation. Whereas I DO understand her point, I feel that she could have demonstrated it with a different issue. The second complaint that I have, is that I find the book a little redundant. Does anyone else share my feelings on these issues? Just wondering!

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March 13, 2007

Italian Sonnet

Hamilton, Essential Literary Terms (226-246) -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"The rhyme scheme of the sonnet falls primarily into two types: the Italian, or the Petrarchan Sonnet, and the English, Shakespearian sonnet."

These literary terms were pretty much review for me. It did make me think, however, that I have read the Shakespearian sonnet SO much more than the Italian. I understand that it's primarily because Shakespeare is studied so much more in high schools. I think I'm going to do a little more research and find some popular Italian sonnets. I may have read one before and not known it. Does anyone know any famous or popular Italian sonnets?

Posted by CheraPupi at 11:00 PM | Comments (0)