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April 19, 2007

Poor Ender!

Card, Ender's Game Ch 1-6 -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"The sister is our weak link. He really loves her."
"I know. She can undo it all, from the start. He won't want to leave her."
"So what are you going to do?"
"Persuade him that he wants to come with us more than he wants to stay with her."
"How will you do that?"
"I'll lie to him."

Eww! I hate adults in this book. I feel so bad for Ender. Not only does his brother manipulate and want to kill him, but the adults in his life are manipulative too. On top of that, he has the pressure of saving the whole human race on his shoulders. He's only six years old, and although he is a genious, he is still only a child. People are playing with his mind and taking advantage of his innocence and his want to fit in. He's a typical child who doesn't want to be isolated and bullied, and they pretty much make it impossible for him to have friends and be happy. Poor Ender!

Posted by CheraPupi at 4:37 PM | Comments (3)

April 16, 2007

Blogging Checkpoint

Blogging Checkpoint -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

Blogging Checkpoint
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/04/shakespeare_kno.html

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/04/stormy_weather.html

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/04/hail_cordelia_f.html

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/04/pagan_elements.html

Posted by CheraPupi at 5:04 PM | Comments (0)

April 15, 2007

Pagan elements? Who knew?

Kennedy, "Shakespare's King Lear" -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

Yet, as many readers also note, much of the play is laden with decidedly pre-Christian imagery: references to Jove, Jupiter, Apollo, devils, fairies, astral images, and sun worship.

As I mentioned in my other entry, I didn’t really pick up on many religious aspects in the play as I was reading it. I did, however, notice that it was mentioned that someone, I’m not sure who right at this moment, prayed to the gods. I kind of thought that was odd but I didn’t really think much of it. After reading this article I do remember reading these things but certainly didn’t associate them with pagan images.

Once more as I mentioned in my other blog, I feel kind of stupid not picking up on these things sooner—now that someone else pointed them out, it seems so obvious. I think it would be interesting to research The Green Man a little further and learn a little more about it. I really don’t know anything about British history in that sense.

Posted by CheraPupi at 10:04 AM | Comments (1)

Hail Cordelia, full of kindness

Zunder, "Shakespeare and the End of Feudalism..." -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

There is, in fact, a close intertextuality between this passage and the New Testament, which saw natural and civil disorder as a prelude to the end of the world…Cordelia complements the representation of feudal ideology embodied in Kent…She is what Shakespeare in a later play was to call ‘milk of human kindness.’

While reading this play, I really never gave thought to religious or biblical aspects in the play. After reading this article, I feel kind of stupid not noticing them. I started to think, and you can disagree with me or tell me if this is a stretch, about Cordelia as an image of the Virgin Mary. The other article we read mentioned her as a Christ-figure, but I started putting some things together and see her as a “Mary-figure.”

On top of her devotion to her father (Mary was clearly devoted to God) I looked at the King of France and saw a resemblance to Joseph. Joseph, technically, could have had Mary killed for getting pregnant from “another man” or at least chosen to not marry her and let her fend for herself. He didn’t, instead he chose to marry her and raise Jesus as his own. The King of France could have said, “You have no dowry, I don’t want to marry you,” and let her fend for herself. He didn’t, he chose to marry her.

What do you guys think? Do you see that at all? If you do, what do you think her death symbolizes?

MacKenzi offers a suggestion to this question in her blog.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/MacKenzieHarbison/2007/04/the_milk_of_human_kindness.html

Posted by CheraPupi at 9:53 AM | Comments (2)

April 12, 2007

Stormy Weather

Shakespeare, King Lear Acts 3-5 -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

KENT: Who's there besides foul weather? GENTLEMAN: One minded like the weather, most unquietly.

I knew that storm was symbolic as soon as I heard that it was storming outside. When I read this quote, I thought, "Oh, the storm is symbolic of Lear's state of mind-- Confusing and violent and basically just a mess." I still believe this, BUT, this whole play was a jumbled,confusing, violent mess! So was the storm foreshadowing of the events to come? What do you guys think? It's totally okay if you think I'm making too much of this storm too. Let me know!

Posted by CheraPupi at 10:13 AM | Comments (3)

April 10, 2007

Shakespeare knows what's up!

Shakespeare, King Lear Acts 1,2 -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave My heart into my mouth."

I have been reading Shakespeare since 8th grade. I'm not going to lie, I hated when Shakespeare time came around. As I get older though, and the language becomes a little easier, I appreciate his work more and more. I love this quote. It really shows Shakespeare's keen insight into human nature, which is such a large part of why his work has literally transcended time. It's universal and timeless.

I hate Regan and Goneril. How anyone can treat their father, who gave them all the power that he did, is beyond me. The whole first scene made me really mad! Cordelia obviously loves her father more than the other two. By her refusal to flatter her father and by saying she cant "heave her heart into her mouth," she shows how honest she is and really makes the audience sympathize with her, especially after Lear disowns her.

I think the relationship between Lear and his daughters and Gloucester and his children. They're very similar. They each have children who truly love them (but they can't see it or appreciate it) and children who are just bad and kniving. I've not read this play before but I'm really enjoying it.

Posted by CheraPupi at 10:23 AM | Comments (3)

April 3, 2007

What of the peacock?

O'Connor, "The Displaced Person" -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"Mrs. Shortley had the sudden intuition that the Gobblehooks, like rats with typhoid fleas, could have carried all those murderous ways over the water with them directly to this place."

I didn't really enjoy this story very much. I thought it was way too long and kind of redundant at points. Nonetheless, the characters are quite interesting. A lot of things were foreshadowed in this story. I'm pretty sure that at this point (the quote above) I knew that someone was going to be murdered. The more Mrs. Shortley talked about the Guizacs the more I realized that Mr. Guizac would be killed.

I also really enjoyed the peacock's presence in this story. What did you guys think it was symbolic of, or why do you think O'Connor put this in there?

I thought of a bunch of different things, one being that similar to the last peacock, Mrs. Mcyintire is the last person left on the farm, when she dies, it's over.

Posted by CheraPupi at 11:29 AM | Comments (4)

April 2, 2007

Cover Entry-Blog Portfolio 2

Portfolio 2 -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

For those of you who aren't familiar with a blogging portfolio, I have compiled the following list of entries that I thought were important to my blogging development. They date from February 21, 2007 to April 2, 2007.

This entry was in response to Kennedy's short story tips. It is an example of coverage, timeliness, and interaction.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/02/one_speaker_per.html

I vented a bit about poetry in this entry. It is an example of coverage.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/02/i_hate_poetry.html

This entry stimulated a really good discussion. It is an example of coverage, timeliness, and discussions.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/02/i_still_hate_po.html

I finally started to understand poetry in this entry. It is an example of coverage and timeliness.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/02/hepta_what_oh_i.html

I am really envious that poets can use words in the way they do in this entry. It's an example of coverage, timeliness, and discussions.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/02/can_i_do_that.html#more

I'm using what I learned from Lemire and applying it to my future in this entry. It is an example of coverage, timeliness, and discussions.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/02/saying_goodbye.html

I responded to Lemire's saying that loving books isn't a good enough reason to be an English major. This is an example of coverage, timeliness, and discussions.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/02/do_you_love_boo.html

I discuss how I've read many English sonnets, but not as many Italian. This is an example of coverage.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/03/italian_sonnet.html

I discussed the only part of Truss's work that angered me in this blog. It is an example of coverage, timeliness, depth, and discussions.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/03/im_undecided.html

I commented on the question of whether grammar should be taught. It is an example of coverage, timeliness, and discussions.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/03/whose_comma.html

I talk about the use of the dash in this entry. This is an example of coverage, timeliness, and discussion
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/03/the_enemy_of_gr.html

I'm questioning the motives of Mr. Shiftlet in this entry. It's an example of coverage.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/03/can_anyone_help.html

I connected Mr. Shiftlet and the Misfit as a result of the acedemic article in this entry. It is an example of coverage, timeliness, depth, and discussions.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/03/hey_theyre_huma.html

I talk about two of my peer's blog and my response to the same passage. This is an example of coverage, timeliness, interaction, and discussions.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/03/encounter_with.html

It was blank verse day in this blog. This is an example of coverage, timeliness, and discussions.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/03/yay_blank_verse.html

Xenoblogging

Comment primo on the following blogs:
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/MacKenzieHarbison/2007/02/listen_to_the_sound_of_the_wav.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/LorinSchumacher/2007/02/its_about_sound.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/DerekTickle/2007/02/being_a_good_teacher.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JennaMiller/2007/03/possessive_people.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/MatthewHenderson/2007/03/my_name_is_matt_henderson_i_ha.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/MatthewHenderson/2007/03/mr_shiftlet_definitely_a_chris.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JenniferPrex/2007/03/a_lie_foreshadowed_1.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/ShaylaSorrells/2007/03/and_baby_makes_three.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/ShaylaSorrells/2007/03/oh_dear_blank_verse_monday.html

Comment Grande:
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/MargaretJones/2007/03/guilty_as_charged.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/MatthewHenderson/2007/03/my_name_is_matt_henderson_i_ha.html

Regular Comments and Participation in Discussions:
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/MargaretJones/2007/02/who_knew.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JennaMiller/2007/02/short_but_not_simple.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/BethanyMerryman/2007/02/hook_in_my_eye.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JennaMiller/2007/02/poetry_in_a_better_light.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/MatthewHenderson/2007/03/i_wont_grow_up.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/MatthewHenderson/2007/03/mr_shiftlet_definitely_a_chris.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JennaMiller/2007/03/burden_buildup_cant_be_transfe.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JenniferPrex/2007/03/its_all_in_the_past.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/ShaylaSorrells/2007/03/those_who_dont_know_their_hist.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JaraWhite/2007/04/i_tried_i_really_tried.html

Wildcard
Entry on my feelings towards blogging:
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/04/i_can_see_clear.html#comments

Posted by CheraPupi at 9:46 PM | Comments (0)

Cover Entry-Blog Portfolio 2

For those of you who aren't familiar with a blogging portfolio, I have compiled the following list of entries that I thought were important to my blogging development. They date from February 21, 2007 to April 2, 2007.

This entry was in response to Kennedy's short story tips. It is an example of coverage, timeliness, and interaction.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/02/one_speaker_per.html

I vented a bit about poetry in this entry. It is an example of coverage.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/02/i_hate_poetry.html

This entry stimulated a really good discussion. It is an example of coverage, timeliness, and discussions.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/02/i_still_hate_po.html

I finally started to understand poetry in this entry. It is an example of coverage and timeliness.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/02/hepta_what_oh_i.html

I am really envious that poets can use words in the way they do in this entry. It's an example of coverage, timeliness, and discussions.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/02/can_i_do_that.html#more

I'm using what I learned from Lemire and applying it to my future in this entry. It is an example of coverage, timeliness, and discussions.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/02/saying_goodbye.html

I responded to Lemire's saying that loving books isn't a good enough reason to be an English major. This is an example of coverage, timeliness, and discussions.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/02/do_you_love_boo.html

I discuss how I've read many English sonnets, but not as many Italian. This is an example of coverage.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/03/italian_sonnet.html

I discussed the only part of Truss's work that angered me in this blog. It is an example of coverage, timeliness, depth, and discussions.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/03/im_undecided.html

I commented on the question of whether grammar should be taught. It is an example of coverage, timeliness, and discussions.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/03/whose_comma.html

I talk about the use of the dash in this entry. This is an example of coverage, timeliness, and discussion
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/03/the_enemy_of_gr.html

I'm questioning the motives of Mr. Shiftlet in this entry. It's an example of coverage.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/03/can_anyone_help.html

I connected Mr. Shiftlet and the Misfit as a result of the acedemic article in this entry. It is an example of coverage, timeliness, depth, and discussions.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/03/hey_theyre_huma.html

I talk about two of my peer's blog and my response to the same passage. This is an example of coverage, timeliness, interaction, and discussions.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/03/encounter_with.html

It was blank verse day in this blog. This is an example of coverage, timeliness, and discussions.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/03/yay_blank_verse.html

Xenoblogging

Comment primo on the following blogs:
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/MacKenzieHarbison/2007/02/listen_to_the_sound_of_the_wav.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/LorinSchumacher/2007/02/its_about_sound.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/DerekTickle/2007/02/being_a_good_teacher.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JennaMiller/2007/03/possessive_people.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/MatthewHenderson/2007/03/my_name_is_matt_henderson_i_ha.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/MatthewHenderson/2007/03/mr_shiftlet_definitely_a_chris.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JenniferPrex/2007/03/a_lie_foreshadowed_1.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/ShaylaSorrells/2007/03/and_baby_makes_three.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/ShaylaSorrells/2007/03/oh_dear_blank_verse_monday.html

Comment Grande:
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/MargaretJones/2007/03/guilty_as_charged.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/MatthewHenderson/2007/03/my_name_is_matt_henderson_i_ha.html

Regular Comments and Participation in Discussions:
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/MargaretJones/2007/02/who_knew.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JennaMiller/2007/02/short_but_not_simple.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/BethanyMerryman/2007/02/hook_in_my_eye.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JennaMiller/2007/02/poetry_in_a_better_light.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/MatthewHenderson/2007/03/i_wont_grow_up.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/MatthewHenderson/2007/03/mr_shiftlet_definitely_a_chris.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JennaMiller/2007/03/burden_buildup_cant_be_transfe.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JenniferPrex/2007/03/its_all_in_the_past.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/ShaylaSorrells/2007/03/those_who_dont_know_their_hist.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JaraWhite/2007/04/i_tried_i_really_tried.html

Wildcard
Entry on my feelings towards blogging:
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/04/i_can_see_clear.html#comments

Posted by CheraPupi at 6:35 PM | Comments (0)

April 1, 2007

I can see clearly now, the blogs have helped!

I just wanted to kind of write a little entry on how helpful blogs have been to me in my education here at SHU.

Last year, when I first started blogging, I HATED it! I thought that it was busy work and I had much better things to do than blog 24 hours before class. It slowly became part of my routine though and soon it became second nature. I'd wake up, read, and post an agenda item within an hour. Although I didn't mind it at that point, I still thought it was busy work.

This year I feel much differently. I'm not sure if it's because I'm encountering many more works for the first time, whereas last year I had previously read many of the works I was required to for class, but either way, I now see the educational value more than ever before. I have not been having the easiest time with Flannery O'Connor's short stories. I've often had to read them three times to pick up on everything I should be. Reading peer's blogs has helped me drastically! Getting to see what someone else saw in the same work has really cleared things up for me many times. Things finally click!

So I'll admit Dr. Jerz, that I have had a sincere change of heart. I do see the point in doing these things and I finally understand why blogs are so useful. In addition to always having something to talk about in class to keep discussion going, they have helped me personally numerous times throughout the semester. I can see clearly now!

Posted by CheraPupi at 10:01 AM | Comments (0)