Color is Everywhere!!!

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While I was reading, I noticed the amount of color that Baum used.

"When Aunt Em came there to live she was a young, pretty wife.  The sun and wind had changed her, too.  They had taken the sparkle from her eyes and left them a sober gray; they had taken the red from her cheeks and lips, and they were gray also.  She was thin and gaunt, and never smiled now" (Baum 1)

I was first interested in this quote because when I also wondered why the beginning of the movie was gray and then it got colorful.  This explained that, but then I also thought how terrible of a place this had to be that it changed everything pretty and happy about her life to gray and gloom.  Why would someone stay there if it changed them that much and for the bad.  When looking more into the color gray I found that.  Gray is a cool, conservative color that seldom evokes strong emotion although it can be seen as a cloudy or moody color.  It is a balanced color that usually stands for mourning.  If you look at it in this persepective then Aunt Em must be mourning something, maybe her life and what it has become.  Also if you look at in the perspective of a balancing color then maybe it means that she is at ease with her life and that she knows that it is going to be this way and balanced for a while. 

 

"...shod in silver shoes with pointed toes" (Baum 3)

First, I thought it was really interesting that they are really silver shoes not red.  But secondly, I was wondering why they made them silver.  The witch that she killed was a bad witch but does silver have anything to do with that.  Usually when people say that gray and silver are similiar so maybe they are silver because she died and she's mourned but then she was a bad witch so it is good that she died.  When i looked into the color silver, I found that silver is cool like gray but livelier, more playful.  So maybe this is irony for what is ahead for Dorothy.  But some would say that her journey wasn't all fun.  Silver also symbolizes riches.  This could represent the strength that the wizard has so she is wearing the shoes to go to the riches of the wizard. 

 

"The road to the City of Emeralds is paved with yellow brick"  (Baum 4)

Yellow is a warm, sunshine color.  Yellow is used as a celebration when a loved one comes home from war.  In this case, I think yellow is used as a celebration that Dorothy will find a way home and the lion, scarecrow, and tinman will get what they need and want.  It is a promising road that they had to take.

 

These are a few examples of the use of color in the book.  Color is used in a lot of things but they way it is used and the idea of it.  Color is strong, weak, and crazy.

 

I chose this as depth because I took many different parts of the book and went into each one.  I researched each part that I talked about and looked into what each color was.  I expressed my thought of what I thought each color meant in the situation and what the auther was trying to tell from it.  

Past to Current

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Of the Training of Black Men

"Such higher training-schools tended naturally to deepen broader development: at first they were common and grammar schools, then some became high school.  And finally, by 1900 some thirty-four had one year or more of studies of college grade" (para. 15)

 

So I don't know if anyone has noticed but I am also interested in the current to past connections.  Here is another one.  It is interesting to see how little schooling they had back then.  Now a days, most people in the world attend college.  Back then not many, mostly wealthy, people went to school let alone college.  They just started it.  It is just so crazy for me.

How tall you are?

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Present at the Creation

"John Henry stands tall, broad shoulders above the rest" (para. 1)

I thought this was really interesting because it could have a double meaning.  John Henry could have broad shoulders and stand tall above everyone, but it could and most likely means that he does a lot more and is more recognizable than everyone else.  He is bigger and better than the rest and has done a lot more than others.  He said that he could be better than a drill and tried his hardest to prove it resulting in death.  He died doing his work which was honored, especially what he did.  So John Henry is higher than everyone in his work and effort.

Let me tell you a little about myself,..

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Two Thousand Miles for a Five-Minute Speech

"I have always had more of an ambition to do things than merely to talk about doing them" (para. 7)
"I always make it a rule to make especial preparation for each separate address...At the time, the audience before me absorbs all my sympathy, thought, and energy" (para. 35)

I chose two quotes to write about from this reading because I think they had a big significance to who he actually was.  He didn't want to just talk about what he was going to do, he wanted to go and actually do it.  That tells a lot about someone.  He did become the speaker in this situation so it didn't actually follow through but he didn't have much control over that.  The other goes a long with how he is and it is only the first and last sentence of the whole paragraph. He doesn't just write a speech and then keep saying it at different events, he adapted and changed his speech for each audience.  That tells a lot that he wanted to change the speech for each audience.  He wants them to take something away from the speech and feel what he feels about it.

I chose this as depth because I took two different quotes and connected them and discussed their significance to Washington.  I went into it and told about the quotes and what they showed him as. 

Is He Really That Bad?

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"The critical dislike of, or at least discomfort with, the ending is largely caused by the re-entrance of Tom onto the stage and the havoc that ensues" (Scott 188)

I have never read Tom Sawyer but I don't understand everyone's hatred towards him.  I don't know if I completely took him and the book wrong or what but he isn't the worst of characters.  As discussed in class, some that have read Tom Sawyer say that he is a lot nicer and likable in Huckleberry Finn.  So I guess my point is that I am confused on why people are so affected by Tom coming back at the end.  It almost seems that it ruined the book for them. 

I put this as discussion because it sparked a discussion in class dealing with Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

Seriously

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"Despite their patriotic rhetoric, they, like Pap, were unprepared to take seriously the implications of "freedom, justice, and equality" (Smith 369)

I thought this was really interesting that Smith compared a category of readers of Huckleberry Finn to Pap.  The readers were unable to accept and take seriously what the novel was showing and that was just like Pap.  The readers could relate to Pap in a way.  Wonder if that is why they didn't take it seriously.  They either misunderstood or ignored the demystification of race.  I feel like a lot may have ignored it because back then when they read it, race was a touchy subject so they might not have wanted to accept it. 

Now ya tell me

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"Mostly, these are works I've mentioned along the way, works I like and admire for a variety of reasons, works I think you might like as well" (Foster 281)

I just want to say thanks for mentioning that now.  The whole time I have been reading this book, I had no idea what books he was talking about and sometimes I have never heard of them either.  To be honest, knowing he was going to mention certain books doesn't mean I would have read them but I would probably have researched them or looked into them a little.  Foster said that he listed them in the Appendix which is at the end.  I don't know about anyone else but I read books from front cover to back cover.  I completely understand that he didn't make a whole list at the beginning of the book but he could have mentioned it. 

What if You Could Foresee the Future?

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So I am sitting here watching Flashforward and was wondering what I would do if I knew what was going to happen in the future.  I often say that I would like to see the future and see if all that I do is going to pay off but I think if I can see the future that will alter the way I do things.  If I would see the future and see if I get married and to whom, when I would see that person than would I act differently than I would have if I have never seen that person before.  I think that seeing the future would change the future or some cases make the future happen, like in Flashforward.  Just a thought.

Expect what?

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"We expect a certain amount of verisimilitude, of faithfulness to the world we know, in what we watch and what we read" (Foster 228)

Honestly, the reason I was first interested in this quote is because I have never seen, to my knowledge, verisimilitude.  So I reread the sentence many times, "We expect a certain amount of faithfulness in what we watch and what we read."  I think it is based on everyone's own opinion.  To say "we" is to assume a lot about everyone as a whole.  I also think to expect a certain something is the wrong way to approach a piece of literature.  With never reading or even hearing about what someone is about to read, their expectations of the book could be far fetched from what the book is actually about.  To expect a certain amount of faithfulness to the world is also a big expectation that readers have.  Read the book and take it how you should be and how the author wants it to be taken.

I chose this as depth because I went into the idea and topic more.  I have a big opinion on this matter and was able to go into more than some of the other topics.

That was then, this is now

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"This at of censorship received national publicity and inspired debate throughout the country." (Mailloux 48)

This sentence stood out to me because it shows how different now and then are.  They took this book off the shelves because of the way it was making boys and influencing them.  If you go to a bookstore, there are a lot more influential books then just one about the way a boy ran away and lived.  Times have changed a lot since then and a lot of people have made a living based on books that would not be acceptable back then.

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