September 30, 2005

Blogging Portfolio

Coverage: To satisfy my coverage entry I chose "Earnest and His Importance."

Depth: To cover my 'depth' requirement I chose my blog entry titled, "Understanding Stories: Up Close and Personal." I wrote about how I felt the story helped me learn and even had a small discusssion about how I truly felt.

Interaction: Although, I did not get much feedback from my peers I still commented on my peer's entries and I think that I had some interesting opinions to point out. For instance, I commented on Kevin's Blog and David's Blog and I recieved many comments on my blog titled Same Ending;Different Story I both agreed and disagreed and gave my opinions as to wy I felt the way that I did.

Timeliness: Well I think that I wrote this blog in plenty of time to spark a discussion with my peers and it is called: "Understanding Stories: Up Close and Personal."

Discussions: I think that my entry on women missing around the world should be included because I not only got one comment, but two and it was from someone that I do not know. It was called: Why kill them? I was really proud of this because I made someone interested enough to read what I wrot ebcause they wanted too; not because they had too.

Xenoblogging: This semester I commented more than I ever had before! My classmates should feel special! My entries include: The Comment Primo - DenaMarie's entry on The Doll's House. The Comment Grande I chose to include - Heart in the Ground

Wildcard: To satisfy my wildcard entry I wanted to include my blog that was labeled: "Justice For All People, Except Priests Who Rape Children" . I wanted to include that specific entry because I feel that it was one of the few that I wrote with passion.

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September 22, 2005

Justice for All People, except Priests who Rape Children

Most of the blogs that I create are usually ones that I 'have' to for the classes that I am enrolled in. Very rarely does something strick me deep enough to make me think about the situation hours later. But today it happened.

I grew up in a parish that felt like a community, everyone respected our priests and church and the parishioners gathered on Sundays to go to Mass. I'm not an extreme catholic nor do I follow by all of the rules the church has, but I always had great admiration for the men and women that devote their lives to God. It is no secret that the Church has been facing complications for the past few years because of accusations of child molestation. Today when I read the Philadelphia Daily News, it had a huge impact on me. I know that priests have been molesting children and I felt bad, but I didn't really think it would be the priests that I have heard of and respected the most. I saw Anthony Bevilacqua's name in the paper, I felt like crying. I remember when I was in 6th grade we were the last class that he would ever be confirming, as silly as it sounds, it meant something to me. ANd now his name is being associated with one of the cardinals that are accused of hiding and ignoring the fact that priests were hurting children. How could he have looked children in their eyes and live with himself? He had the power to fire the priests or do something to protect the vulnerable, but no, he let the priests stay and just moved them around to different parishes. That is unheard of, I can not even comprehend that. Many children could have been protected after they started to find out, but they denied that their priests had a problem.
I do not know how someone is supposed to continue with their faith, because mine seems like it has been destroyed. People looked to priests to give them help and guide them in the right way. Which they did when they weren't playing out their fantasies with children. For example, "There is a Philadelphia-area Roman Catholic priest who raped an 11-year-old girl, causing her to become pregnant, and then took her to have an abortion, and who also molested a 5th-grader inside the confessional booth." That sounds bad huh? Well continue reading, "another priest is said to have been a sadomasochist who paid boys to place him in bondage - and then perform acts such as defecating so he could lick their excrement."
The Church is in trouble and they are the ones that caused it. They destroyed lives and got away and continue to get away with it for years. Part of my faith, is that I beileve in Confession. I feel like I am talking to God when I am confessing my sins, but now I will not go to confession. I love God and I know that I should forgive, but this is refuse to forgive. How can I continue to live as a practicing atholic by not going to confession or attending Mass? I can't, it is impossible. But I no longer feel comfortable, telling a 'secret rapist' my sins. I want to make it clear that I am not saying every priests, but because of the many that have been molesting boys and girls, I lost my trust in every priest that I once admired. I want nothing to do with the Catholic Church. They should be shameful and embarrassed. They were religious figures that people looked up to and they took advantage of that. They were supposed to take vows to guide people towards Jesus, they were supposed to be God's close friends, he chose those men to help us on earth, but I do not beileve that. I do not think that God would rape children repeditavely and then cover his actions up. Which leaves me to wonder what other belief do I have that will be a lie in the years that lie ahead of me.
The priest who are rapists, etc, should be put in jail and never get a chance to see daylight again. For the cardinals, priests who were aware of what was happeneing in their churches and did nothing to stop it should aslo have to faces consequences, but wait We can't they are priests and cardinals, what was I thinking?

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September 20, 2005

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

Ok so I loved this story! I think that it was the first story that we have read that was actually about two people we were togther because they wanted to be. He loved her and she felt the same! They both tried to get what they wanted and it worked! It made me extremely happy!!

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Justice is Served

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

I think that this play would have been better if it was told as a story. I would have liked it much better if it was not a shooting script and just a regular book or play. I do not think that stage directions and such were important as I was reading the script.

Besides what I mentioned above, I think that this was a play that spoke to everyone who read it. I am one of the most negative people when it comes to how criminal should be treated and this book had a way of showing that they are still people also. It did not change my mind about how I feel they should be treated but it let me realize that maybe it is important for people to be on the criminals side also like Sister Helen. She knew that he was wrong but she stook by him and that is what being a "catholic" means.

I also felt that this story ties into CST because many of the principles to follow were the principles that Sister Helen actually did following. This script taught showed me how you should treat people whether its justified or not. I personally did like the ending because I believe he did get what he deserved because it does not matter why he raped and killed, it was the fact that he did do it and admitted to it. I didn't have any sympathy for him, but I did feel sorry for Sister Helen and the family of Matt.

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September 15, 2005

Same Ending;Different Story

Treadwell, Machinal (Finish) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

This play ended just like Trifles did. The woman killed her husband because of her unhappiness and the unhappiness her husband caused. Who would of thought that someone who is unhappy day after day would go so far as to kill her own husband, whome she never loved? What else did she think was going to happen. I'm glad that this book s over and we can move on...

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Earnest and His Importance

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

Jack: Your vanity is ridiculous, your conduct an outrage, and your presence utterly absurd. How you have got to catch the four-five, and I hope you will have a pleasant journey back to town. This Bunbury as you call it, has not been a great success for you.

I chose this passage because it shows the two main male characters at their best. Jack’s true colors came out and he makes it very clear how upset he is at Algeron for coming into his house and intruding in his life. I wonder if Jack would have felt the same way if he did not just finish telling his people that his brother was dead. Algeron’s quick thinking is best shown in this passage. It now explains why Algeron wanted to know Jack’s address and it showed how sly he was in order to get his address.

Algeron’s willingness to lie and manipulate people in order to get what he wants it part of his character that you would not have seen if Algeron did not behave this way to Jack. Algeron’s character would have been extremely different. He betrayed his friendship with Jack because he wanted to finally meet Cecily. But it also created problems for him later on because of the confusion between Cecily and Gwendolen. He also seems to have no acknowledgement to Jack’s feelings. He does not show remorse that he has lied and cheated and messed up Jack’s plans just for his own.

It seems that both characters created complete confusion and havoc. I do not know why the women agree to stay engaged to the men after they had found out that they had both lied right to their faces by pretending to be someone else by the name of Earnest.

The story had many twists and it appeared that each character was out for himself. But I like how Katie summed up the story by saying: “They learn lessons on moral character, which is something they repeatedly reference in the work. In all actually, they learn the importance of being earnest.” It is the truth. In the end, each character saw what they did and tried to give their reasons as to why they behaved the way that they did.

I wonder why Jack did not make Algeron leave when he told him too. I wonder why he let him kill time and allow him to propose to Cecily. And I just wanted to note that I like how this author wrote this play because I hated all the male characters, but like always I forgave them in the end. Their intentions were well, I guess.

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September 14, 2005

Machinal

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

I couldn't help but notice the similarity between Machinal and other short stories/plays that I have read in the past. It seems like the storyline was similar in stories/plays such as: A Doll's House,Th Yellow Wallpaper, The Importance of Being Earnest and so on. They were focused on either the unhappiness of the wife which was caused by the husband or the storyline was about a women marrying a man for the wrong reasons. "Machinal" was a play that I read before and I didn't particularly like. I think that I am sick of reading stories and plays that focus on an unhappy marriage. What did these charcters think would happy when they marriend the men whom the didn't love? At this point, after reading stories with such similar storylines I have no sympathy for the wives and whatever unhappiness that they did have was cause by themselves.

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September 08, 2005

Tension while Eating

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

Lee: Hmm. Your food's getting cold.

After a moment Karen looks down at her untouched food and stands up.

Karen: I know what to do with my food when I'm not hungry anymore..

The three quotes that I pulled out in no order from the story, "Heart in the Ground" are examples of what Foster was trying to explain in Chapter 2. He gave possible scenarios that may occur when two people are having dinner and the outcome is differently then expected. Foster said, "Two people are at dinner and a third comes up, and one or more of the first two refuse to eat. They say something about losing their appetite. Later on in the book (pg. 13) Foster says, "He wants to convey the sense of tension and conflict that has been running through the evening."

The dinner scene in "Heart in the Ground" is a perfect example of what Foster was trying to exaplain. When I read Heart in the Ground I did not pick up on the picture that the author was trying to create, but after reading Chapter 2 it was very obvious why the author chose the setting that he did when creating "Heart in the Ground"

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