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"Now, there are no laws against imprisoning apostrphes and making them look draft. Cruelty to punctuation is quite unlegistlated" (Truss 36).

 

Reading phrases like this and the relation to ciminal acts and punctuation is where I stop and find myself feeling that it is hard to take this seriously. Even if you look at the cover to this book there is a panda carrying a gun. Can you take that serious? Not me. I understand that a point was trying to be made, but I lose focusing on what the author is trying to get across and find myself saying this is rediculious.

The text told me to stop reading

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"If this satanic of redundant apostrphes causes no little gasp of horror or quickening of the pulse, you should probably put down this book at once" (Truss 1).

 

Well, no "gasp of horror" came to me while reading so one whould proably say that I put down the book. Well, I didn't. See I think the fact that it didn't bother me is why I should keep reading. I am not one to become obsessed with my punctuation or anything when I write, but that is what I would like to change. I want to be able to recognize mistakes like that and improve my writing. So, I'm not going to put down the book. Instead I am going to keep reading.

Mrs. McIntyre's actions or lack there of.

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"She heard the break on the laege tractor slip...and that she had started to shout to the Displaced Person but that she had not" (O'Connor 250). 

I don't know what Mrs. McIntyre was thinking at this moment, but if I had to guess the worst comes to my mind. Not yelling anything to forwarn Mr. Guizac would save her from having to fire him because eventhough that is waht she was there to do I do not believe she would have followed through with her plan. She has never had to fire anyone because every previous worker had just left her. Sorrowly, Mr. Guizac didn't choose to leave he was killed. In a wierd way I am glad he died in this fashion rather than have stayed in his country and have been killed there. At least here he had a fighting chance to survive and for his family to survive. In the story they talked about how once he got enough money he would leave her anyways. I don't think this was as big as Mrs. and Mr. Shortly made it out to be because Mr. Guizac deserved to be paid more becasue he finished more tasks in a manorly time and because everyone is out to bennefit themselves. That's how society works. 

Pointer played her like a deck of cards!

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"When all of him had passed but his head, he turned and regarded her with a look that no longer had any admiration in it" (O'Connor 194). 

I felt so bad for Hulga. She had spent over thirty years of her life being different and finally she thought she had found someone who appreciated her for it. Wasn't she wrong! Pointer played her like a deck of cards! At the begining I thought she was the character that I did not really like because she was rude and non caring. I never thought that by the end of the story I would have sympathy for her.

Antagonist

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"In a broad sense, an antagonist need not be another character. It may be some larger force that challenges the protagonist, such as fate..." (Hamilton 130).

I do not know why I found this shocking because it makes perfect sense. I think that during my education I have just become dependable that the antagonist was another character in the plot to oppose the protagonist and cause confrontation. 
"She thought herself again in comparison with her mother at thirty-four and she pinched her arm and smiled. Seeing that her mother or father neither had been much to look at, she had done very well" (O'Connor 68).

I pretty much had to stop right here because this woman is just bashing her poor mother and father. I am one of seven kids and my parents did absolutly everything to support my family, love us, and experience life with us. So it really bothers me that she has yet to look at what her parents have done for her and her siblings. Parents sacrifice their lives so that their kids can have lives. A paragraph before this quote she mentions that she thought she might have heart problems but refused to go to the doctor. Personally, I feel she didn't have much of a heart because she was always focused on herself. 

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"Writers express themselves through words. Communicators may express themselves through words accompied by pictures, music, charts and diagrams, and interactive media" (Lemire 156).

I found this quote interesting. After reading it and relating it to myself I have come to conclude that Iam more of a communicator. I love to wtite but I feel more comfortable and think I can express myself and give more meaning to my words through visual aids. This is also the way I learn so I feel it goes hand-in-hand.

"Regardless of your major, however, remember: your major is not you. Nor is your future determined or limited by your major" (Lemire 183). 

This statement is actually very relieving to me. I am an English Literature major, but I am certain that I do not want to teach high school students with this major. I also am getting certifications in elementary, early childhood, and special education. These are my true passions and describe me better. I love kids and I love teaching a variety of subjects. 

Just Sounds Prettier

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"Special forms of the repitition of sound in poetry include rhyme, meter, and such sound patterns as aliteration, assonance, and consonace" (Hamilton 98).

Personally, I find it easier to write poerty with repitition of sound. In the past I have had to write poetry and words that rhyme came easier and gave my poems a better flow. It just sounds prettier to me. 

Surviving

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"But the real question is not how well I did at work but how well I did at life in general, which includes eating and having a place to stay" (Ehrenreich 196). 

I believe this quote pretty much explains her life at the poverty level. Her life was a constant worry about being able to provide for herself. Imagine if she had a family. The pressure would be even more demanding. She found out that to provide for a single person it sometimes required her to work two jobs. The entire time she lived in poverty was spent learning how to survive!

Why would she want to lose her identity

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"...during a month of poverty and toil, no one recognizes my face or my name, which goes unnoticed and for the most part unuttered" (Ehrenreich 11).

I found this passage to be sad. Just to write a book and prove a point she was really isolated from the world. At least, her true identity was. I saddens me to think that there would be no one in her life that would miss her and that her name could be "unuttered" for this long period of time. I think in a way she was losing herself just to write a book, and she might have been okay with this idea but I know I could never go through that and to give up the life that I have.

In Loco-Parentis

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"To some of your students, whether you asked for the job or not, you are also a surrogate father or mother" (Lemire 23).

In loco-parentis. This term pretty much sums up the quote that I picked out. In Foundations of Education this is one of the first concepts that students learn. When students arrive to your classroom you now take on the parent figure. You responsible to make decisions in the best interest for the child and also provide a safe environment for each child. In another part of this chapter that list all the many roles a teacher is. It is very important for future and current teachers to understand that being a teacher requires you to fulfill unlimited roles.

In Loco-Parentis

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"To some of your students, whether you asked for the job or not, you are also a surrogate father or mother" (Lemire 23).

In loco-parentis. This term pretty much sums up the quote that I picked out. In Foundations of Education this is one of the first concepts that students learn. When students arrive to your classroom you now take on the parent figure. You responsible to make decisions in the best interest for the child and also provide a safe environment for each child. In another part of this chapter that list all the many roles a teacher is. It is very important for future and current teachers to understand that being a teacher requires you to fulfill unlimited roles.

Trust the Compass

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"If you are considering teaching because you can't think of anything else to do, stop. You should not enter the teaching profession by default or with a sense of resignation" (Lemire 13).

When I decided I wanted to become a teacher everyone told me how easy it was going to be. I always had to stand up for myself and let others know that teaching is NOT easy! Therefore, I thought this passage brought up a good point. Teaching is hard work and I do not like the stereotype that many people have put on the teaching profession. Especially since I want to teach elementary kids, people think that is even easier. You should go into the teaching profession because you have a passion for it. Like Micheal Sims stated it should be like a compass. There is just some magnetic force that attracts you to the career you want to have. That should be why you enter the teaching profession.

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