March 31, 2005

Here We Are?

This Story started out with a statement and then a question. "Here we are, " she said. "Aren't we?" And the story ended with the same statement and question. Out of all the books that I had to read I liked this one the best. I think that it was a cute, crazy conversation between two adults who are nervous about the life they are going to live since they have just gotten married. They have silly arguments about her sister and the relationship that he has with her family. "Don't think that I haven't noticed it. It makes me feel terrible. It makes me feel just awful that you don't like my own sister." And the husband responds, "I do so like her! I'm crazy fro Ellie. I think she's a great kid." Arguments and such are like this throughout the story. She accusses him of everything that she could think of and he patiently explains to her she is talking nonsense and tries to defend himself the best that he could.
I think that the title to this book was absolutely perfect! After I read it over, I thought about it and I seemed to me that she was saying that because she was trying to convince herself she actually got married and now here she beginning a whole new life. "Here we are," she said. "Aren't we?" just shows how scared and doubtful she is.

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March 17, 2005

Streetcar named Desire

Ok, well now that I have had time to think about A Streetcar Named Desire I have to say I liked it, but I didn't get many feelings out of it. I think that the characters were picked for a reason- diversity - was what Williams had to have want. I liked the relationship between Blanche and Stella because they were so different. Like I said in class, I don't think that Blanche was harmfully trying to put down Stella I think that she was very upset by the conditions that Stella was living in. Or, like many people have said Blanche could of just been a mean person who was very resentful towards her sister and did not want to see Stella as happy as she was.
I liked that the play was taken place around a poker table, because I got a picture of men playing, which is a pretty strong sense of character when your trying to envision the life and personality of the characters. I think Stanley was excellent! He was mean to everyone but only apologized to Stella when he crossed the line. He was violent and then apologized to Stella...(not saying its right but when the women takes a man back that hits her, well then it becomes both of thier fault)
And Stella played a typical female of the time period. She was happy and wanted children and wanted to have a nice house and stay with her husband and never saw anything the real way that it was. Stella went throught life wearing rose colored glasses. I'm sure that Stella could of had a better life, but she thought hers were perfect. She had a way about her that could let her hide the truth from everyone including herself.
In the end, I think that it was a good play because there was much action and alot of details were given to help envision the setting. The characters were great and the story line was interesting.

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March 1, 2005

My Thoughts for the Mid-Semester

Coverage:
I have read Bernice Bobs Her Hair quite a few times and I still continue to think that it is a great story. I had posted information about that BBHH that I thought was contributed to the story and I gave my opinion on the type of character that I thought Bernice was. I also picked "A Jury of her Peers" because, like BBHH, I read this story many times and I have my opion about why Martha and Mrs. Peters behaved the way that they did. There is not much else to say about it because it no longer is new to me so I'm not as interested in it as other stories that we have read. I also am going to include "The Adding Machine" because I did not give a complete in-depth blog because I wrote a paper about this story so I felt all talked or written out!


Depth:
I picked "The Great Gastby" for my In-depth article because this is the story I thought the most about. I looked at the circumstances and tried to change the story around in every way. I came up with my opinion and I am very happy with the way that the book ended. I alos am going to include "The Dynamo and The Virgin" because I did outside reasearch to understand this story. It was not to hard to find information on Henry Adams and the time period that this story takes place because I am enrolled in a class that is giving us a detailed description of some of the people mentioned in this story. I also am going to included "To Brooklyn Bridge" because it was impossible to translate it! I had to look into the buliding of machines and what gases they used and that helped give me a more detailed vision of what the poem was actually trying to say. I also am going to include "Never Again would Birds' Song be the Same" because I researched outside information to help me translate and understand Frost's poem.

Interaction:
I pick my blog entry titled "Daddy" to cover my Interaction requirement. Karissa and I had a deep discussion on what many of the words meant and how they came into relation with the poem. I think "Daddy" was an extremely difficult poem to understand and I am not quite sure if I am comfortable with the interpretation I came up with. If it was not from the help with my research and peers I would not of been able to even come close to an interpretation. I also am going to include "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock " because I think I contributed this interpretation that had a good discussion in class and I got comments on it!

Discussions:
After interpreting many of the poems I went on other people's blogs and started to read what they had to say. First off, I liked Tiffany's interpretation of "World Trade Center" and "To Brooklyn Bridge." We different interpretations but I think both were great and with the help of some of her opinions I understood the poems better. The same thing happened with the interpretation of "Daddy." On Mary's blog she had a completely different version of what she thought happened in this poem and I thought it was brillant. I loved the fact that she gave me a different way to look at this poem.

Timeliness:
For this section I would have to include some of thepoems that we just read. I had posted my thoughts and gave good examples of why I came up with the ideas that I did. I had all of the poems and my interpretations of what the poems meant to me posted several days before we had to discuss them. I want to include "In the old Age of the Soul" and "World Trade Center." I think that both of these poems are great and they have powerful unlying meanings. They both show us a side of people that they always do not show.

Xenoblogging:
First off, I think Kayla's blog about "The Great Gatsby" was good to comment on because it was straight and to the point. She said exactly how she felt towards the book, so who can argu with that. She brought up a good point of rereading the material over again because it will help you see things that you haven't noticed before. I also liked what James had to say in relations to Machinal. He and I both had the same opinions about the mother and I wanted to assure him that he was not the only person that had hatred towards the mother when reading Machinal. I would also like to include Tiffany's blog to this section. I gave a long and thoughtful comment on her interpretation of "To Brooklyn Bridge" and "World Trade Center." I think she had good points even though they did nto agree with mine! I think everyone did a great job with there poem interpretations and I wish I had more time to comment but unfortunately we don't so...Good Job Everyone!

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Bernice Update!

Well, this is second time that I am reading, "Bernice Bobs Her Hair." I think it was a great story written by Fitzgerald and it teaches a great story. I feel that no matter how you are or where you come from you will always feel like you don't belong once in your life. I felt that this is the way Bernice felt and it was because of her cousin. It's a shame that people have to feel this way because no one is better then anyone-they just think that they are. This short story shows a great example of how people you surround yourself with, will play a part of who you are. bernice was a nice, shy person but once she stayed around with her cousin she became mean at the end. I am not saying that her cousin didn't mean it, but she def. acted in a way that I would of never thought she would.

This was a good story to read when we first got into college because it opens our eyes to alot of truth. Bernice should not of been so depended on her cousin and in the edn she learned that. Everyone will become their own person it just takes some people longer than others. by the end of the story I believe that Bernice acted just fine. yes, it was inapporpriate but it was worth it. She was tortured and ridiculed by her cousin and her cousins' friends. If anything, it helped Bernice, but it also opened her cousins' eyes and maybe she learned a lesson also- she was the one that needed it the most.

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Never Again Would The Birds' Song Be The Same

The first time reading, "Never Again Would Birds' Song Be The Same" I thought it was simply about nature and the woman's voice which made a perfect sounds with the birds' natural tune. But then I decided that can't be it because it would be too easy! I had looked up the poem and came up with an excerpt from Modern American Poetry

There are many opinions on how to interpret this poem but I liked best Matthew A. Fike's interpretation, which is in the book "The Explicator". I understood more of what the poem was about after reading this because he gave me the background of Frost's life. "The poet's treatment of Eve's influence on birds has been read both as an "elegy" to his wife Elinor, who died in 1938, and as a loving tribute to his friend Kay Morrison, to whom he proposed marriage and who became his secretary in the same year. " (Elegy means- The praise bestowed on a person or thing; panegyric; eulogy.) Fike thinks that the poem really this this poem is a "subtle meditation on the Fall, Frost complements affectionate portrayal with sadness—his love for Kay and his wife is tempered by feelings of failure and loss related to his marriage. By undercutting the joy of paradisal love and the sense that Eve's unfallen voice will never be completely lost, the poem conveys the lamentation to which all fallen love is heir."

I think this interpretation makes sense and exaplins why there is such a soft tone present in the poem. Later on he goes on saying, that this poem is "highly positive." Frost recited "Bird's Song" in her honor and there are many written notes that Frost wrote to praise his secretary/would-be-wife. I also like the last staement in his argument - "Whereas the Fall qualifies the sense that "Birds' Song" is a love poem for Kay Morrison, the sonnet form indicates the poet's attempt to forge order out of chaos—the fall out of happiness in his marriage but on a larger scale the Fall he shares with humanity. There sounds a further note of hope in "her voice upon their voices crossed." One critic's reading, that "’crossed’ raises the specter of conflict, as in a crossing of swords," bears out the negativity of the Fall. But "crossed" more aptly calls to mind the Cross, on which Christ undoes what Eve has done to birds and Adam and all of creation. "

Well after reading all of that I decided to re-read the poem and try and understand it myself and this is what I came up with : Frost was watching Kay in the garden signing to the birds' when he wrote this poem. He was desribing to us how delicate her voice was and how gracefule she was. She could only get teh attention of the birds' because she spoke so soft and delicate-they were the only ones who responded to her the best because thy really understood her. The voices joined together or "crossed" and how happy she was when she was in the garden signing to the birds. She made everyone happy when she was near them and that is why she came into his life.

I do not think that this poem had one sad line in it. I think it was happy and Frost was showing or writing his appreciation for Kay. He's very happy that she came into his life because she didn't come in with fury and cause a great disturbance she just kind of floated into his life - nice and quiet. She brought out something that in Frost that he thought he lost, but she was with him and made him want to live again.

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