May 3, 2006

Final Blog Portfolio

American Literature Final Blog Portfolio

The following portfolio consists of all the blogging that I have done over the past 8 to 9 weeks. I hope you enjoy the collection, because there is good critical analyses in these entries. There is a lot of weblog entries that show all five of the dimensions of what needed to be covered. I really must say that I have enjoyed blogging over the course of this entire year. I am so excited to produce my final blog portfolio. Here is MY FINAL BLOG PORTFOLIO:


Weblogs

A Good Man is Hard to Find
The River
The Life You Save May Be Your Own
Concept of Central Idea
A Stroke of Good Fortune
Temple One and Temple Two
The Artificial Nigger
A Circle in the Fire
A Late Encounter With the Enemy
Good Country People
The Displaced Person
Robert Frost and Langston Hughes
The Color of Something Special
Resurrection Blues Part I
Resurrection Blues Part II


Xenoblogging

Melissa Lupari - A Temple of the Holy Ghost
Jennifer DIFulvio - Middle Aged Girl Scout
Matt Hampton - Tangled Up in Blue
Chris Ulicne - McBride, The Color of Water: Reality Literature
Shanelle Kapusta - Reader Response vs. Reflection
Terra Stumpf - Temple of the Holy Ghost
Melissa Lupari - Resurrection Blues
Jennifer DiFulvio - Dumb Oxes
Matt Hampton - Achievable Goals for Paper III
Chris Ulicne - A Temple of the Holy Ghost
Shanelle Kapusta - Searching Through the Artificial Negro
Terra Stumpf - Be Thankful!

Wildcard

Alright well, just in case none of you had the opportunity, this is my reflection the oral presentation that I gave on The Great Gatsby and Bernice Bobs Her Hair. I hope that these questions help, because these could be the kind of questions that you will find on the final exam. Not to mention, I am praising everyone for their help on this presentation, so make sure you catch the reflection. I have had a great time with you all this semester, and I hope to keep in touch with you! Without further a due:

Oral Presentation/Questions for F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Resurrection Blues Part II

"Charles? You simply have to return, there's no question about it. I will only remind you that my agency has a signed contract with this government to televise your crucifixion and we have paid a substantial sum of money for the rights." (Miller 107).

This is a CRUCIFIXION!!! I know that this is an absolute mock of television and the society that has been consumed by it, but somewhere along the line, there has to be that one person that says "Hey! There is something not right about this!" What makes me sick is not that people do not care about the life of Charley, but the fact that this is the way that our society is. People die every day, televised on TV, and the people get the ratings and the money, so it's all good right? Right...but it's soooooo wrong.

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The Color of Something Special

"She pushed me away from her just as she'd pushed my elder sibling away when we lived in New York, lterally shoving them out the front door when they left for college. She would not hear of it when they applied to schools that were near home...'Go away and learn to live on your own.'" (McBride 190).

James McBride's "The Color of Water" is such an extraordinary tale, because of the absolute struggle that his mother goes through. We can not tell what is going through her mind, but by her extraordinary power and skill as a mother, she overcomes so many obstacles in her life, simply for being a "light-skinned" jew. Her children are absolutely aware of the domination that his mother possesses, and it is absolutely amazing to see a story to which the woman in a story is an extremely dominant character. Yes, this is a memoir, but this is also a tribute to an incredible central character who is a woman. I particularly loved the last scene which had everyone say that they wanted to see a movie, and when James's mother wanted to eat, everyone else (almost magically) changed their mind to eat. "Now that's what you call power" (McBride 278). She pushes her children out of the house, but I also feel that when they needed her, she was available. She is one of the strongest characters I have ever seen.

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Robers Frost and Langston Hughes

Here is what I wrote in class, and I wanted to share with you what I wrote, and what Terra Stumpf responded to in my thesis for a comparison between Robert Frost and Langston Hughes.

Because of Langston Hughes's and Robert Frost's backgrounds and time periods, their poetry was quite different based off of the attitude and message from each poet. Frost was more known for having prolific poetry, taking on the ideas of the world, and finding a different direction, while Hughes exposed the positive and optimistic side of an exuberant city life. By comparing "Mending Wall" and "The Road Not Taken" by Frost with "Jukebox Love Song" and "Passing" by Hughes, differnt tones, styles, attitudes and messges will be exposed in two very different settings. Here are two passages, first from Hughes, then from Frost:

"When the kids look all new and far too clean to stay that way"
"And to whom I was like to give offense. Something there is that doesn't love a wall, that wants it down."

Terra Stumpf wrote:

Although Frost and Hughes both used different styles of writing their poems and different backgrounds to represent their poetry, they both conveyed the emotion they were writing about very effectively. Their tones and style may be different but their messages are are clearly delivered in the same way.

I agree with Terra, and now I have actually taken a new look at both of these gentlemen's poetry.

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The Displaced Person

Instead of writing a paper on the historical and religious style of writing the Flannery O' Connor uses, I could have written about how the people with disabilities, or African Americans in her stories are viewed either as stupid or evil. In the middle of "The Displaced Person. I know that there is a history to which blacks were not respected, which is why Mrs. Shortley shocks me. She is really a character that is quite admirable. She says on page 214, "When the time comes...I'll stand up for the niggers and that's that. I ain't going to see that priest drive out all the niggers." What is actually quite comical, is that we a good-hearted character progress through one of Flannery O' Connor's stories, and she dies. It just goes to show that just when you think you can understand Flannery O' Connor's writings, she does something completely different to throw you off of your mark. Thanks Flannery, and thank you Father Time for allowing us to walk away from this set of short stories.

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Good Country People

"I'll tell you another thing, Hulga...you ain't so smart. I been believing in nothing ever since I was born!"

I really like the "Christian" visitor in Flannery O' Connor's story because he is so manipulative of any situation that Hulga is in. While Hulga is trying to become an independent, the visitor is capable of stealing her leg, and forcing her into actually listening to what he has to say. I remember listening in class that people were writing their paper on the archetypal power of these visitors. I really enjoy the lessons that Flannery O' Connor is trying to teach us about the specific morals she is instilling into her characters, even though they are not getting the message. O' Connor is so difficult to figure out, although she follows the same pattern in all of her stories. I thought I figured out the way that Flannery O' Connor writes her tales, but now I have no idea. All I know is that she teaches lessons that her characters will never learn, but the reader always comprehends. Maybe we ain't so smart either, Hulga.

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May 1, 2006

Resurrection Blues Part I

Felix - "Oh come off it, Henri! Two percent of our people - including you own ninety-six percent of hte land. The justic they're demanding is in your land; are you ready to give it to them?"
Henri - "To tell the truth, yes, I just might be...I've decide to put the business and both farms up for sale."
Felix - ""Why! -- Those farms are terrific!"

We can already see the character development in Scene 1 of this play by Arthur Miller, and we can already tell what individual character traits each of these two men have. While one is currently worried only about himself (Felix), the other (Henri) is more concerned with the better welfare of not only his daughter Jeanine, but for the people of his country. There are already scenes of foreshadowing, which display the behavioral issues, and issues with greed for that matter, that rise up in the early parts of "Resurrection Blues." Televising a crucifixion for $75 million just shows what great lengths Felix will go to make some money. Although Jeanine opens up the story, and she appears to be the protagonist, Henri is actually the main character in the beginning, because he is the key influence on whether or not he helps Felix. Henri is an admirable character, and we develop sympathy for his daughter because of the kind of man that he is. Not to mention, the fact that he would give up everything to save Jeanine is also more than admirable.

Another thing, I am really enjoying the sarcasm and comedic wit to this play. Arthur Miller truly has a comedic touch when it comes to integrating satire into this particular play. I love the part to which Henri comes into Felix's office to discuss a serious issue, and Felix completely disregards everything simply to ask him if he knows a good dentist. I have not read a good piece of literature that truly displayed a lot of sarcasm and satire, and I must say, it feels really good to read this. I really look forward to reading the rest of this.

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