December 8, 2005

A sense of personal dignity...

"As a general rule, to which there may be exceptions unknown to me, 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."

WOW! This is the last blog entry for EL250. That's crazy...Anyways...

I really liked this essay. Miller brought up a lot of good points that I would have never thought of before reading this essay. For one, I never gave thought to the common man as a tragic hero. This, however, makes perfect sense. Like Miller says, in our day and age, after having century after century concerned with noble heros of higher classes, the common man fits our era perfectly.
I really liked this line. It puts the tragic feeling evoked in an audience in terms that I have never heard. He is very right. We, as an audience, do indeed feel kind of good (for lack of a better word) when a hero dies for his own sense of dignity.

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November 30, 2005

Cover Page-11/30

This portfolio is a compilation of reflections and blogs from November 7, 2005 to November 30, 2005.

Kindertransport was by far my favorite play this semester.It also generated a lot of discussion. It is an example of coverage, depth, and discussions.

I really enjoyed a line from this play. It is an example of depth, coverage, and timelieness.

In this entry I discuss one of the major characters. It is an example of timelieness, depth, and coverage.

In this entry I questioned stage directions and the audience's perceptions. It is an example of depth, timeliness, and coverage.

I had a lot of trouble with this play.It is an example of coverage and timeliness.

I thought that the comments the doctors made in this play were interesting and I hoped to never hear my doctors talk like this! It is an example of depth, coverage, and timeliness.

Comment primo on Sean's blog!

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November 15, 2005

What the heck is going on?

I am so confused by this play that I truly can't even choose a quote to talk about. There are so many doctors that I am getting them all mixed up and then I have to keep going back to the character list page and then back to where I left off, and then I get even more confused and it's taken me about 2 hours to read this play, and I still don't really know what's happening. I don't quite understand the first Act and the "illegal operation" and why it happened. I don't understand why the Professor wouldn't let the priest in to give the girl her last rites. I'm also not too clear on the Sister's character in the play and what exactly she is there to do.

Hoch:...Well, Sister, are you going to the Ball, too?
Sister: Oh hardly, Doctor.
Hoch: Why, is dancing forbidden?
Sister: Oh, no Doctor. We are not a Religious Order. Nothing is forbidden.

So she's a sister, but not in a religious order? I don't understand. Thank goodness for peer's blogs and class discussions. Bear with me tomorrow guys...Comments are WELCOME and NEEDED!!!

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November 7, 2005

Cover Page-Drama

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 October 3, 2005 to November 7, 2005. Please keep in mind Dr. Jerz that I had knee surgery on October 4 and was not able to provide my best work.

The first entry is on a play that I have read many times in the past. It is an example of coverage, depth, and discussions.

This second entry was right in the middle of my surgery week, so I kind of had to fend for myself when reading this play. Thank goodness for your notes Dr. Jerz. It is an example of coverage and discussions.

The third entry was also the week that I was out of class. It is an example of timeliness and coverage.

The fourth entry generated a lot of really good conversation. It is an example of coverage,timeliness, and discussions.

Hamlet is one of my favorite plays from Shakespeare. I also studied this in high school and it was nice to hear what other people thought about it. It is an example of coverage, depth, and timeliness.

It was interesting to hear about the views of an African tribe on Hamlet. It is an example of timeliness, coverage, and depth.

I had a very hard time with this play. I was searching too hard and looking for some hidden meaning that simply was not there. Thanks to the conversation back and forth between Dr. Jerz and myself, I made some connection. This is an example of timeliness, discussions, and coverage.

I really enjoyed this play. This entry also generated a lot of conversation. It is an example of timeliness, coverage, depth, and discussions.

The ending of this play generated a lot of emotion and opinions of the characters. It is an example of timeliness, depth, and coverage.

This last play was the best play we have read thus far (in my opinion of course). I had such a powerful response to it. My entry also generated a lot of conversation about people feeling the same as I do. It is an example of timlieness, depth, coverage, and discussions.

I commented on Andy's blog and participated in a large conversation.

Comment primo on Denamarie's blog!

I also commented on Sean's blog. This was another heated conversation.

Another comment primo on Dena's blog!

Can you beleive it Dr. Jerz? My wildcard is an entry from Newswriting!
This is actually something that I feel is important for news consumers. It also generated some conversation.

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October 10, 2005

Marlowe, Faustus (Finish) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

My head is lighter than it was by th'horns,
But yet my heart more ponderous then my head,
And pants until I see that conjuror dead.

I thought that this quote was interesting. I love it. I often feel this way, so I related to it immediately. It actually happens a lot. My head tells me that I should do one thing, or that something is more important, but my heart tells me otherwise. Do any of you ever feel like that? I know that the girls have! But do guys ever feel this way? Or is it just an annoying, kind of romantic, girl thing?

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Marlowe, Faustus (to end of Act II) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Good Angel
O Faustus, lay that damned book aside,
And gaze not on it least it tempt thy soul,
And heap God's heavy wrath upon thy head.
Read, read the scriptures: that is blasphemy.
Evil Angel
Go forward, Faustus, in that famous art
Wherein all nature's treasure is contained.
Be thou on earth as Jove is in the sky,
Lord and Commander of these elements.

I thought that this was interesting. The fact that Marlowe had a good angel and evil angel kind of battling. We see this alot in modern works. The first thing I thought of actually, was Full House, when Michelle has the "good Michelle" and the "evil twin." Obviously this play was long before Full House, so it's kind of like one of the first instances in Literature when we see this.

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October 6, 2005

Thank goodness for Dr. Jerz!

Hey everybody! My surgery went well (in case any of you were wondering). It was exploratory surgery on my knee to try to figure out why I am in so much pain. My doctor found lots of things wrong with me and he fixed me. I'm actually in less pain now (2 days after surgery) than I was before. I should be back for basketball season too! But anyways, this is what I have to say about the York Corpus Christi Plays.

Here now beneath me an island name I,
And this isle shall be "Earth." Now be, as is right,
Earth wholly, and Hell, and this--Heaven on high...

I really like this quote. I like how God says that Earth is an island. I just picture myself up with God looking down on Earth, and picturing it just as he describes. Honestly though, thank goodness for Dr. Jerz's notes. If it weren't for them, I would have been very, very confused. I appreciate that very much Dr. Jerz! I'm not sure if it would have been easier if I didn't miss so much class.

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October 2, 2005

What would He think today?

Anonymous, ''Everyman'' -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

GOD: I perceive here in my majesty, How that all the creatures be to me unkind,Living without dread in worldly prosperity: Of ghostly sight the people be so blind, Drowned in sin, they know me not for their God;...

Doesn't this quote seem so realistic? And once more, how timeless is this play? Clearly the author meant for this to apply to all man kind when he wrote it, but did he know that hundreds of years later, people would still be able to relate to it? And not only that, but couldn't you actually picture God saying this about people on earth today? I studied this play last year, so this is probably the fifth or sixth time that I have read it, and everytime I find something new that I hadn't picked up on before. I LOVE THE TIMELESSNESS OF LITERATURE! (How big of a loser am I thought? haha!)

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September 29, 2005

Who woulda thunk it?

Okay, I'll admit it. I HATED the idea of blogging. I thought that it was pointless. I wanted nothing to do with it. WOW how things have changed! Looking back, I realize now that the reason that I didn't want to do it was because it was something different, something new. Today, it's second nature. I just do it, and believe it or not, I've actually come to like it. I now see the point. It really is helpful. Not only do I get a better understanding of the works that we read, but because I write my response right after, I actually remember the material. When I read something that I don't understand, I go to other people's blogs and read their interprutations, and it usually becomes clearer, or I just ask a question on a peer's blog. So basically, what I'm saying, is that I like to blog. Haha!

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Cover Page-Drama

For those of you who aren't familiar with a blogging portfolio, I have compiled the following list of entrys, URL's, and the significance of each entry.

This is the first play that we read in drama.

This was the 2nd play that we read.

CST is my favorite!

I had a difficult time with this play. My peer's helped me out.

I also enjoyed this play.


This was the first entry that I ever posted on my blog.

This entry really shows my capability for depth.

I really enjoyed this play.

I really made a connection between this play and life today.

I absolutely loved this play.

This entry really generated a lot of conversation.

I loved this play and movie, this blog also generated a lot of conversation.

This was the first play from Greek Theatre that I have ever read. I chose to use Antigone in my blog.

I loved this quote right away, because I immediately related to how he feels.

This was the first academic article that I have ever read.

I posted a really interesting comment on David's blog.

This was another comment on David's blog.

I also posted on Andy's!

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September 28, 2005

Interesting to think about...

Rix, ''Was Oedipus Framed?'' -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

"Oedipus, we know, killed his own father. This is the decisive event on which the tragedy is founded, even though the murder itself lies before, or outside, the action in the play."

This academic article wasn't as hard to read as I thought it would be. I went through it slowly and re-read sentences that I didn't understand. I like this statement that Rix makes though. I'm not sure that I have ever heard of the "decisive event," but it makes sense. It's interesting to think that every story has this decisive event, and we usually don't pick that out and analyze it. We probably don't even notice it most of the time except for the fact that it is essential to the plot development.

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September 27, 2005

Good job Kaitie Aikens and Gina!

Ex 1-2a: Informal Oral Presentation -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

I thought that this was a really good exercise. I never really had to do an oral presentation in high school, so it was good to work on one now. It was also very laid back, since we were sitting on the patio outside around a table. I wasnít nervous or anything because Kaitie Aikens and Gina Burgese were the upperclassmen in our group, and they were very, very supportive and helpful. It was clear that they have done things like this before, because they knew exactly what it was that they were supposed to do and they did it well. They also gave a lot of helpful comments and suggestions to the freshmen. They did a very good job of calming us down and making us feel comfortable.
For the most part, no one really had any ideas that we havenít talked about at one point or another. Gina had a very good idea though. She talked about the fact that men always think that they in control of the household, when in reality, it is the woman who has complete control. It was a good learning experience and Iím glad that we did this. It also helped to know that I was doing it for a reason, as the beginning of a process.

^^^Just wanted to give you girls some credit for how helpful you girls were...thank you!

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Common Feelings...

Sophocles, Oedipus the King (Finish) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

O, I adjure you, hide me anywhere
Far from this land, or slay me straight, or cast me
Down to the depths of ocean out of sight.
Come hither, deign to touch an abject wretch;
Draw near and fear not; I myself must bear
The load of guilt that none but I can share.

How many times have we felt like this in our lives? When we do something, not always bad, that we regret, we want to be punished for it. We feel so bad that we'd likely punish ourselves more harshly than anyone else would. We feel that no one understands how we feel, like this has never happened to anyone else. Granted Oedipus has a rather unique situation, but I like this monologue. It does a very good job of expressing how he must feel.

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Sophocles, Oedipus the King (Up to Scene III) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

My brother, and, though thou deny him, thine
No man shall say that _I_betrayed a brother.

I'm sorry that I am posting this late. I'm sure that some of you heard that my uncle (my mother's brother) passed away on Saturday. So I just got a chance to read the play a few minutes ago. This line stuck out to me like a sore thumb. I have been dealing with thoughts like this all weekend. My uncle, who died, was struggling with juvenile diabetes, depression, and a drug addiction for a long time. He drove just about every family member away from him, except my grandma, and when he died suddenly, and unexpectedly, alot of us were having a hard time with that. We lost him a long time ago. He didn't take care of himself, and he gave up. He had nothing to live for, so he just stopped living. This quote is very similar to the things that I have been hearing all weekend. "He did the things that he did, but he is still my [son, brother, uncle]". I can certainly say, now more than ever, that this quote hit RIGHT home with me.

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September 20, 2005

How respectable!

Robbins and Prejean, Dead Man Walking: The Shooting Script -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

PREJEAN: I try to follow the example of Jesus, that every person is worth more than his worst act.
CLYDE: That is not a person. This is an animal. No, I take that back. Animals don't rape and kill their own kind. Matt Poncelet is God's mistake. And you hold the poor murderer's hand? You're going to comfort him when he dies? No one was there to comfort Hope when those two animals put her face down in the wet grass in those woods.

Well, if this play doesn't show alot of the principles of CST, then I don't know what does. But I want to talk about Sr. Helen and how respectable she truly is. Clyde's quote is an example of how alot of people would think of a convicted murderer. How much strength and love it must have taken for Sr. Helen to rise above all of this, and be there for Matt on his road to death. This woman is certainly one to admire.

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September 18, 2005

So much to say...

Wojtyla, The Jeweller's Shop -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

This made me think that beauty accessible to the senses can be a difficult gift or a dangerous one;
I met people led by it to hurt others
-and so, gradually, I learned to value beauty
accessible to the mind, that is to say, truth.

I love literature. There are two things that I admire most, one of which, I talked about before. The first, is the timelessness of literature. I love how literature written over 200 years ago can apply to our lives today. The second, is the fact that literature is so universal. Literature speaks of human nature, and human nature, never changes. This is why I chose this quote to talk about.
We, as humans, are superficial. Overly superficial at certain points of our lives. At one point or another, we will at least ONE time come to the realization that Andrew did here. Beauty is difficult. I'm sure every single one us has experienced beauty working in evil ways at one time or another. Like when we were in gradeschool or middle school or even high school, and the really goodlooking people who everyone wanted to be like would cling together and make fun and talk about and gossip about people who they thought were inferior because they looked a little different. This happens, and I think that we all will come to see at least once, that outer beauty is nowhere near as important as inner beauty.

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September 14, 2005

So much to say...

Treadwell, Machinal (Scenes 1-5) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

YOUNG WOMAN. Girls turns on gas.
HUSBAND. Sale hits a million-
YOUNG WOMAN. Woman leaves all for love-
HUSBAND. Market trend steady-
YOUNG WOMAN. Young wife disapears-

Wow. There is so much to say about this play that I can't even remember it all. As I was going through reading the last 4 episodes, so many things were going through my mind. I chose this dialogue because if this isn't foreshadowing of the play's outcome, I don't know what is. I just kept thinking, this poor, poor woman. She's definately emotionally unstable, but not only that, she's very immature, which could also be effects of a mental disorder. All she wants is to love and to be loved, but she is clearly uncapable of having such a relationship. In episode 6 when Helen is speaking to her lover,after being with him one time, she never wanted him to leave her. She kept asking him if he would take her with him, and he kept ignoring her or implying that he didn't want to. When she asked him if he was going to move on, he told her yes, he has to. Not only did she not pick up on his cues of denial, but the fact that she thought she would be with him forever shows in itself that she is very, very immature.

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September 13, 2005

Marriage for the wrong reasons

Treadwell, Machinal (Scenes 1-5) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

I posted an entry similar to this last night a few times, and it never posted! I'm starting to get very annoyed with these things! So I'm gona try to post it again.

MOTHER. Love!-what does that amount to! Will it clothe you? Will it feed you? Will it pay the bills?
YOUNG WOMEN. No! But it's real just the same!
YOUNG WOMAN. If it isn't-what can you count on in life?
MOTHER. I'll tell you what you can count on! You can count that you've got to eat and sleep and get up and put clothes on your back and take 'em off again-that you got to get old-and that you got to die. That's what you can count on! All the rest is in you head!

How often does this happen? Even today, as developed and as much as our morals have changed since the days of this play, I can think of at least three people that I personally know who married for stability, money, and many other reasons besides love. It's horrible to think, but people do it all the time. The Young Woman doing it in this play is a little different however, because ultimately, we know that this idea of marriage as a neccessity is going to lead to her committing a murder. Sometimes, marriage really will be the difference between life and starving or freezing to death.

I know that I said more last night, but unfortunately, I can't remember what else I wanted to say. Sorry guys.

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September 12, 2005


Treadwell, Machinal (Scenes 1-5) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

MOTHER. Love!-what does that amount to! Will it clothe you? Will it feed you? Will it play the bills?
YOUNG WOMAN. No! But it's real just the same!
MOTHER. I'll tell you what you can count on! You can count that you've got to eat and sleep and get up and put clothes on your back and take 'em off again-that you got to get old-and that you got to die. That's what you can count on! All the rest is in your head!

How often do you guys think that this happens? How often do people marry for convienence? I can think of three people that I personally know who married for money, stability, or some reason other than love. Alot of people think this way, that it is more important to be taken care of for the rest of your life than to be in love or to wait for love and be hungry, cold, lonely, etc.

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Moral Responsibility

Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

ALGERNON:Lane's views on marriage seem somewhat lax. Really, if the lower orders don't set us a good example, what on earth is the use of them? They seem, as a class, to have absolutely no sense or moral responsibility.

This quote really shows the views of the rich towards the lower classes. Algernon sees no reason for there to be a lower class if they don't set a good example for the higher class. It's almost as though he feels that the upper class is not capable of forming their own values and beliefs for themselves. Then he contradicts himself by saying that they, as a class, have no sense or moral responsibility. So if they don't have a sense of moral responsibility, then the upper class musn't either.

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September 9, 2005

A Doll House-Act 2

Ibsen, A Doll House (Act 2) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

NORA: (unperturbed) I mean, then I went from Papaís hands into yours. You arranged everything to your own taste, and so I got the same taste as you Ė or I pretended to; I canít remember. I guess a little of both, first one, then the other. Now when I look back, it seems as if Iíd lived here like a beggar Ė just from hand to mouth. Iíve lived by doing tricks for you, Torvald. But thatís the way you wanted it. Itís a great sin what you and Papa did to me. Youíre to blame that nothingís become of me.

When I read the first act of this play, I loved the way Torvald treated Nora. I truly thought that he loved her very much, and this was the reason that he talked to her the way that he did. Her playing along made me think what she wanted Torvald to think, that she liked it. As I read on, I started to almost, hate the way that he treated Nora. This is a very important quote. This is when Nora finally stops the act for a moment and tells Torvald how she truly feels, like a doll. She feels that her father played with her like he would a doll, and then Torvald continued this treatment when they were married. But can you blame Torvald? Is he a horrible, horrible person for treating her this way? Whereas I feel for Nora and the way she feels used, I can't seem to blame Torvald. If anyone is to blame, it is her father. This is the only way that Torvald has known Nora, how was he to change the way that he treats her without knowing that it is not what she wanted? Perhaps he could have been more observant, or he should have just treated her equally. Honestly, what man would just do something, just because he thinks that it MIGHT be what his wife would want? Not only men, it's human nature to push the limits and to want to take advantage when there is slack clearly seen. But with this quote, Nora tells him exactly what she's needed to say for so long now.

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September 8, 2005

How to Read Literature Like a Professor

Foster, How to Read Literature Like a Professor Intro through p. 22 -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

"To put characters, then, in this mundance, overused, fairly boring situation, something more has to be happening than simply beef, forks, and goblets." (Foster, Chapter 2)

I love this quote. It is a perfect example of Foster's humor and his writing style. He writes in a way that is very easy to understand. I particularly like this quote and chapter, because it deals with something that is so common and that I see on a daily basis while watching TV or reading a book. I never, even once, gave a thought to the depth of the dinner table in a work. I always just saw it as enjoyable entertainment. It now makes perfect sense that the author, playwright, director, etc. put the dinner at the time and point that he did. I'm excited about reading the rest of this book because I think that it will be very beneficial in reading literature from here on out.

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