February 2008 Archives

Don't Just Come Out and Say It

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"The daughter, a large girl in a short blue organdy dress, saw him all at once and jumped up and began to stomp and point and made excited speechless sounds" (O'Connor 48). 

I thought it was wise of O'Connor not to come striaght out and say she was death so thats why she stoped and acted in such a manner.Yes, he does come say later in the story that she is death, but I liked how O'Connor gave the reader a chance to figure it out for themselves before he gave it away. 

Using your Imagination

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"In a narrow sense, imagery means a visual description of an object or a scene--an image or picture of it" (Hamilton 83).

I believe imagery is one of the most important concepts when reading a text. I mentioned in an earlier blog how Flannery O'connor used good imagery. The quote I refered to was, "They looked like the skeleton of an old boat with two pointed ends, sailing slowly on the edge of a highway..." (O'Connor 31). This was good imagery becasue I was able to imagine the scene and how the characters were standing from tallest to shortest back to tallest. The text continues throughout the rest of the paragraph to give descriptive pictures that one can imagine in thier head. Also, MWW used good imagery because we had to associate our won images to the text. This is why I feel that throughout the upcoming week everyone in class will have a wonderful experience when they attend the play hosted by SHU because we get to compare our images when reading to the actual acted out play.

Foreshadow & Imagery

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"They looked like a skeleton of an old boat with two pointed ends, sailing slowly on the edge of a highway" (O'Connor 31).

I enjoyed the descriptive detail that O'Connor used in this short story. I also found that his imagery provided a sharp image of the scene at the time. In the above quote I could see how they were lined up from tall to short then back to tall. Giving the perception of the two points. Also the use of skeleton is mention many times in the text. I believe this plays an important role because it is leading to Bevel's death. The constant mention of water and boats are all apart of his death in drowning. So I believe O'Connor did a great job in using examples that foreshadowed the end of the story.

Similies Make Me SMILE!

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"A simile is a figure of thought in which one kind of thing is compared to a markedly different object, concept, or experience..." (Hamilton 32).

Ok. So I opened my book to complete the reading and find a subject of interest to blog about. Well, boy did I get lucky. I turned to the first page and the first word that caught my eye was simile. I absolutly love love similes. I think similies are a great way to compare two things without going into deep explaination for a paragraph explaining the differences and similarities. I especially like to read similies in poems. Poems are generally short so they do not have sentences and paragraphs to waste trying to make a point comparing ideas. Therefore, similies are a great way to create a clear fast point. I also enjoy them because it is up to the reader to find them and make the comparison. 

And here the women go again.

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Mrs. Page: "Wives may be merry, and yet honest too. We do not act that often jest and laugh" (line 95-96).

When I reached this part of the story I just had to stop and blog about it. I truely enjoy the schemes the women are able to pull off on Falstaff. They are able to embarress him while remaining honest in a way. They know that thier husbands would want an explanation to keep their honesty record clean, but the two women really want to humiliate Falstaff in a grand way before telling their husbands 

Here's what I have had to say so far!

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Hello, and welcome to my blogs! My name is Juliana Cox and I am a freshman at Seton Hill University. This English course has allowed me to expand on my thoughts and relate to other points of view. Blogging allows for me to take a quote form a passage and give a thorough analysis of my meaning of the text. One of the main concepts I am learning to achieve is relating texts to other texts that we have studied in this course or that I have studied outside of this course. I hope you enjoy reading my ideas and opinions!
Coverage:
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JulianaCox/2008/02/inspiration.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JulianaCox/2008/02/violence_used_to_be_the_answer.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JulianaCox/2008/02/love_for_the_inside.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JulianaCox/2008/02/letter_reveals_meaning_of_sold_1.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JulianaCox/2008/02/starving_the_soldiers.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JulianaCox/2008/02/from_the_inside_looking_out.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JulianaCox/2008/02/you_should_be_at_my_family_din.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JulianaCox/2008/02/violence_in_literature.html


Timeliness:
 http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JulianaCox/2008/02/the_anonymous_mother.html


Interaction:
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JulianaCox/2008/02/high_school_drama_queen.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JulianaCox/2008/02/theres_a_problem_with_symbols.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JulianaCox/2008/02/i_am_death.html

Depth:
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JulianaCox/2008/02/mww_and_triffles.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JulianaCox/2008/02/secure_my_ideas.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JulianaCox/2008/02/vacation_with_harry_potter.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JulianaCox/2008/02/that_was_a_crime.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JulianaCox/2008/02/back_to_where_she_started.html


Discussion:
I left a comment on Angelica's blog that sparked her to write back to me. Here is her blog page: http://blogs.setonhill.edu/AngelicaGuzzo/2008/02/death_is_kind.html and here is my blog page: http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JulianaCox/2008/02/thank_you_death.html

MWW and Triffles

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Mrs. Page: "Let's be revenged on him" (line 89)
Mrs. Ford: "I will consent to act any villainy against him that may sully the chairness of our honesty" (lines94-95).

I believe that the men in MWW underestimate the thought process women have, and the sneakyness they pocess. This is Mrs. Page and Mrs. Ford are similar to the women we find in "Triffles." In "Triffles" we have Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale whom outwit the men in hte story. The women end up covering up murder evidence and the men never expect it of the wome. The main piece of evidece is right in front of the men but the Sheriff laughs as he says, "Oh I guess they're not very dangerous things the ladies have picked up." Men in society at the time did not think women  were capable of harm and in MWW Falstaff shows the same similarities by giving both women the same letter thinking that they will not figure that out.

Inspiration

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"Donne's seventeenth-century 'Song' may be a source of Eliot's twentieth-century 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (Blythe and Sweet 109).

I agree that Eliot may have found inspiration from Donne. I feel that everyone is touched be writing and sometimes people really enjoy one persons interpritation of their writing, but they would like to give a new twist using the same idea. Therefore, Eliot used the connection he found in Donne's writing to create his own original poem.

Violence used to be the answer

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Shallow: "Ha! O' my life, if I were young again, the sword should end it" (MWW p.5).

I found from the beginning that Shallow was a character that would much rather things accure and be delt with by old fashioned ways rather than the new ways. In the above quote he mentions how a sword, basically violence, would have been the answer back in the older days. 

Love for the inside

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"And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare / As any she believed with false compare" (Shakespeare 13-14).

I found this sonnet to have a true meaning of love. Shakespeare describes a love for someone's beauty on the inside rather then what people see on the outside. I feel it would be great if the world was like this, in not judgeing a book by its cover, but the truth is that mosts people are. This sonnet gives honest meaning to love someone who does have imperfections, but maybe that is what makes them beuautiful.

I am Death

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"And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well / And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then?" (Donne 11-12).

I believe this quote is very true and its sad that many people have considered it during their lifetime. For me, this quote translates into how people have the power to take their own lives and maybe go peacefully rather than wait for death to take them in an uncomfortable manner. There are constant news media surrounding suicide, and many people cheat death by taking themselves first. So what is the point of death if we can act in replacement of death. The last line of this sonnet addresses this question.

Letter reveals meaning of soldiers

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"In a letter to her nieces in December of 1861, Dickinson had expressed concern for Stesrns' welfare: 'Ihope that ruddy won't be brought home frozen,' and image echoed in line two" (Monteiro 31). 
Moneiro's explanation and ablility to reference the letter that Emily Dickinson had written provides textual support for some of the poem. I believe this truly helps the reader make a connection with how Emily was feeling.

Letter reveals meaning of soldiers

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"In a letter to her nieces in December of 1861

Starving the Soldiers

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"God keeps his oath to sparrows, / Who of little love / Know how to starve" (Dickinson 14-16).
I believe this quote is talking about the soldiers on the battle field. The sparrows represent the many soldiers and how they have become accustomed to the lack of food supply during the harsh wintery weather.

Thank you Death

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"We slowly drove, he knew no haste, / And I had put away / My labor, and my leisure too, / For his civility" (Dickinson 5-8). 
The first thing I wanted to point out is that Death is given a masculine identity. He is then portrayed as being kind and polite. When I think of death this discription does not come to mind. I imagine a dark personality. In this poem though it is not the case. Dickinson wrote and described Death like this because the first 12 lines I feel give the impression of a funeral procession. A driver is driving the speaker, who is in a hearse, very slowly past all the speakers favorite places, including the school, and taking the speaker to their grave site. When you see a funeral procession the cars are moving very slowly and cautiously; therefore, that is why this peom made me interpret it this way.

From the inside looking out

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"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons; / I know the voices dying with a dying fall / Beneath the music from a farther room" (Eliot 51-53).
This quote makes me wonder as I continue to read the peom if the speaker, Prufrock, is inside an institution or hospital. He talks about dying and hearing things from other rooms so it just makes me wonder. 

There's a problem with symbols?

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"Here's the problem with symbols: people expect them to mean something"(Foster 97). 
I believe many high school students would disagree with this statement. I know from past experience that in high school symbolism was one of the main ideas my teachers focused on. Many concepts or ideas from texts had symbolism that could take on a wide range of meanings depending on how the reader is grasping the overall read. In the transition to college I have come to realize yes there may be symbolism in texts but we can no longer devote a paragraph in a five paragraph essay to this symbolism and then how maybe that symbolism is foreshadowing and so on... My overall feeling about symbolism is that it depends on the reading level you are reading at to determine the importance.

Violence in Literature

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"Let's think about two catergories of violence in literature: the specific injury that authors cause characters to visit on one another or on themselves, and the narrative violence that causes characters harm in general" (Foster 89). 

When I first read the text I did not believe that all literature had violence in it, but then I reconsidered my opinion. In literature there are always obsticals that characters must overcome to reach their goals. These obsticals can be mental or physical. Therefore, violence is in the decision of that obstical and in the actual task of completing the obstical. 

The Anonymous Mother

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"The childern's mother..." (O'Connor 2). "Bailey and the children's mother..." (O'Connor 3). "...looking for the childern's mother" (O'Connor 12).
As you can see Flannery O'Connor repetitivley refers to Bailey's wife as the children's mother. Her character is never given a name, just a description of being the mother to the kids. At first I believed that Flannery may have had a bad relationship with her mother, but was not able to come up with concret facts to support this conclusion after reading some of her bios I found online. The other interpretaion I gave was that maybe she did not have a strong character; therefore she was given a discription of the role that she placed in society and in the house.
What do you guys think?

Secure my ideas

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"Keep a notebook. To R. V. Cassill, notebooks are 'incubators,' a place to begin with overheard conversation, expressive phrases, images, ideas, and interpretations on the world around you" (Short Story Tips, Getting Started).

I enjoyed Cassill's referal to notebooks as incubators. When I think of the word incubator I think of fragile and development. Keeping a notebook is a secure place for all your ideas and creativity. A notebook is just a place to jot down information as it strikes you but then allows you to return later to expand upon your ideas. 

High School DRAMA QUEEN

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"Drama differs from poetry and fiction in that it does not typically contain a narrator and usually intended for performance" (Hamilton 1). 

When I hear the word drama the first thing that pops in my mind is high school. This is not because I learned about drama in my high school classroom, which I did, but instead because high school was filled with characters and their dilemas. I believe drama is more relatable especially when performed on stage because the audience can relate to their own life better in having to deal with constant people interaction, especially with the occasionall high school drama queen, and there is no one to stop the action and tell you what is happening. Now this might be a far stretch but it is kind've like having the writer show us rather than tell us, in the sense of telling through the narrator. 

Vacation with Harry Potter

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"In a sense, every story or poem is a vacation, and every writer has to ask, everytime, where is this one taking place ?" (Foster 163).
I know that when I read a book I can get very bored very easily. That is why it is important to grab the readers attention fast. Reading is supose to spark imagination and creativity that is why it is important to ask yourself when you write if you are setting up an atmposhere that readers want to go and stay by not putting down a book. I know when I find a good book I never want to put it down. I just want to keep reading and reading, but when I do have to step away I look forward to returning. I believe a great example of an author that has offered a vast number of readers a vacation spot is J.K. Rowling. She provided a large series set of the Harry Potter Books. The books went flying of the shelves so she must have been offering a vacation spot for her readers to keep wanting more.

That was a crime!

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"Oh, I wish I'd come over here once in a while! That was a crime! That was a crime! Who's going to punish that?"
(Glaspell 9).

Speculation tells the reader that Mrs. Wright killed her husband in the same way he killed her brid. In the quote I picked Mrs. Hale puts herself on the same level as Mrs. Wright according to the law. I believe Mrs. Hale does this because she feels if she would have visited Mrs. Hale this predicument might not be happening. I think Mrs. Hale feels that she could have saved Minnie Foster from becoming Mrs. Wright. By this I mean that she remembers Minnie as a cheerful girl not a miserable, lonely wife. And maybe if she would have stayed in closer contact and visited more then she might not have killed her husband. 

You should be at my family dinners!

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"To put characters, then, in this mundane, overused, fairly boring situation, something more has to be happening than simply beef, forks, and goblets" (Foster 9). Now this is a quote that I can totally relate to. Dinner situations can be boring so why would anyone incorperate them unless something was taking place? At my house my family sat down to dinner every night, and every night is a new, exciting experience! Even when words are not being said, the expressions on our faces can tell an entire story. I sometimes think writers put hectic dinner scenes in to create comic relief, and my family table would be the perfect example of commedy.

You should be at my family dinners!

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"To put characters, then, in this mundane, overused, fairly boring situation, something more has to be happening than simply beef, forks, and goblets" (Foster 9). Now this is a quote that I can totally relate to. Dinner situations can be boring so why would anyone incorperate them unless something was taking place? At my house my family sat down to dinner every night, and every night is a new, exciting experience! Even when words are not being said, the expressions on our faces can tell an entire story. I sometimes think writers put hectic dinner scenes in to create comic relief, and my family table would be the perfect example of commedy.

Back to where she started

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"Now that was gone and she was--well, frightfully mediocre--not stagy; only rediculous, like a Greenwich Villager who had left her spectacles at home."
When I fisrt read this quote I thought it important to classify the meanings of some of the words. The language is what gives this quote meaing due to Bernice's comparrison that is trying to be made. Bernice begins to talk about how she was mediocre without her long, lucious hair. She felt as if her hair identified herself and gave her great status, but without it she was just ordinary, bland, and of low value. She then refers to herself as no longer being stagy. When I think of stagy I think of the theater and how everything happening on stage is dramatic and attention grabbing. Now that Bernice does not have her long locks she does not have the attention she was recieveing at dances with many boys cutting in every few minutes while she was dancing. I personlly believe this is a good thing that happened to Bernice because in the beginning of the story she was a shy social girl that did not get much attention, but she changed her image for all the wrong reasons. Therefore, I really enjoyed the the last half of the quote about how she felt she was "a Greenwich Villager who had left her spectacles at home." I believe this takes the story full circle and brings it back to where everythign started, at the theater, where on the balcony the stag was very hard to see. 

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