September 29, 2005

Was Oedipus Framed?--No

Like the audience of the original productions of "Oedipus," I knew the ending of the play. And, although I realized the discrepancy between the servant's testimony and the real story, it never really became an issue for me. I just assumed that the servant was mistaken or confused or he lied (he lied about kill the baby Oedipus, so why should they believe him now?). If Oedipus hadn't killed his father and married his mother, where would the story be? The whole play would be pointless without that vital aspect.

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September 26, 2005

Story pitches

The biggest gripe I have about news writing at the moment is our outside assignments, but I can understand the logic behind it. Jason Pugh commented on his dislike about the Homecoming stories. Life is busy enough as it is, but now we all have to find the time to go to events and report on them. It's an inconvenience most of the time, but I would much rather have someone tell what story to cover than find one on my own. Journalism is still pretty new to me, so I don't need the extra stress of uncovering my own scoop. Think of it this way everyone: at least all of us don't have to attend the same event at one time. Imagine how difficult it would be for us all to 1.) make it to the one time only event & 2.) write unique articles that don't overlap each other. Come to think of it, I guess that's what real journalists do, huh?

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The angle of an article

Bethany Hutira actually gave me the idea for this blog. Once again, Beth and I are on the same wavelength. So far, finding the right hook or angle for my work as my been the toughest aspect. A reporter's job is to report and avoid bias, but what happens when the topic is emotional? Am I supposed to disengage myself?

When I was writing my spot news article, I wanted to write a fun and unique article--I just didn't know how. I wanted to share my information differently then the rest of my class and, yet, my hard work came out sounding exactly like everyone elses. My main goal for this semester is to perfect (or at least improve) my journalism skills. I want to move my readers without seeming opinionated. I want to write an original piece, I want to be the first one to get a "scoop." To this literature major, these goals seem unreachable, but I figure my news writing skills couldn't get any worse.

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September 25, 2005

Wildcard: My Passion

Last semester, my wildcards were a description of me and then my favorite movies. I guess I'm going to continue on that vein and blog about my hobbies once again.

One of my passions in life is the "Wizard of Oz." I really couldn't tell you when this obsession started, but for as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with everything WOZ, books and movie. For those who aren't familiar, I'll show off my endless capacity of useless WOZ knowledge.

There are 40 official WOZ books, called the canon. L. Frank Baum, the creator, wrote 14 of those books, 19 written by Ruth Plumly Thompson, and the rest written by various other authors. The first book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was written in 1900.

Not only do I love the books, the 1939 MGM production is also a favorite. Most people hate watching the film with me; I talk the entire time! Here are some fun facts about the movie.

The jacket worn by Prof. Marvel in the movie was found in a flea market. After the coat was purchased, it was discovered that L. Frank Baum's name was stitched in the inside.

The math equation the Scarecrow recites is not the Pythagorean Theorem.

There is not a hanging man/munchkin in the film. It is a bird.

Dorothy had a "stunt double" that wore an identical black and white gigham dress. The double was used to transition from the black and white to color film.

The shoes in the book were silver, but were changed to ruby in the film because the color showed up better.

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" was originally cut from the movie.

The Wicked Witch's head flying monkey is named Nikko.

If anyone has anymore questions, ask me. If I don't know, I bet I can find out!

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Oedipus and Greek Mythology

I was intrigued by the frequent mention of the Greek god, Apollo, so I did a little a work and cleared up some confusion.

Apollo, simply put, was one of the most powerful gods in Greek mythology. He was the god of arts, archery, and divination, but had dominion over the plague, light, healing, colonists, medicine, archery, poetry, prophecy, dance, reason, intellectualism and as the patron defender of herds and flocks (Wikipedia.com). He also sometimes named as leader of the Muses.

He was the son of Zeus and the Leto and the twin of the goddess Artemis. When Zeus' wife, Hera, found out Leto was pegnant, she forbid the birth on her land. Leto eventually found the island Delos, but Hera kidnapped the goddess of childbirth to prevent the birth. However, Ilithyia was released and Apollo and Artemis were born.

As a baby, Apollo killed Python, but was bannned from Olympus for nine years. When his exile was over, he founded his cult in Delphi (mentioned in Oedipus). Apollo had countless affairs with men and women, but only birthed one son, Asclepeius, with Coronis, the daughter of a King of the Lapiths.

"Apollo is usually shown as a manly, beardless youth of great beauty, his head crowned with laurel leaves, either the bow or his lyre in his hand. His tree was the laurel. Many creatures were sacred to him, chief among them the dolphin and the crow. One of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, the Colossus of Rhodes, was actually a statue of Apollo. Many festivals were held in his honor, the most famous of which were the Pythian Games, celebrated at Delphi every three years."- allaboutturkey.com

Through my research, I believe Apollo was such a prominent figure because of his strength and apparent "versatility." He was god and leader to so many different areas, that it seems Oedipus and his Greek followers admired Apollo and his many feats.

For more info:

http://www.allaboutturkey.com/gods3.htm

http://www.loggia.com/myth/apollo.html

http://www.loggia.com/myth/apollo.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo

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Ignorance in "Oedipus"

I've has the pleasure of reading "Oedipus the King" before, but it was just as fun the second time around; I noticed a lot more during this reading, because I knew what I was looking for. Has anyone else read it? If you have, didn't you find it frustrating that everyone seemed so (ironically) blind? The truth behind Oedipus' birth was staring everyone in the face and no one saw it. Well, maybe they did know the truth and just didn't want to face up to it.

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September 24, 2005

Comparison between spot news &"Setonian"

Although I was proud of the work I put into my spot news segment on the opening of De Chantal Hall, as I read the Setonian's article, I noticed some distinct differences. While I focused mostly on those attending the opening ceremony, Meredith Ponczak, author of Setonian's article, focused on Sr. DeChantal Leis' background, the open house specifically, and the structure of the residence hall. Ponczak also only included two quotes from students, while I had four. Through this comparison, I see that more is not always better.

Although I tried to focus on feelings and emotions, Ponczak gave a general overview that provided more information and was just an overall better article. I realize I should have chosen and angle and worked on that, rather than trying to cover several ideas at once.

I followed the inverted pyramid as I read the Setonian article-congrats! They must work just as hard with the AP style book as I do. I understand there is no "right way" for an article to be written, but from what I gather from the Asscoiated Press, both articles followed the pyramid template.

To make you own judgements, here's a copy of my article:

Brand New “Dish” Comes to Seton Hill University

The official opening and blessing of the new residence hall, De Chantal (a.k.a “Dish”), took place on September 12 at 4:00pm. The hall is named for Sister De Chantal Leis (SHU class of ’23), former Dean of Women and Director of Alumnae Relations. Built by Building Systems, Inc., De Chantal now houses 85 students; 61 more students will move-in when phase II is completed in November Sarah Rosenberg, R.A. for Canevin/Lowe calls De Chantal “beautiful, if you like having roommates and sharing space.”

Senior Tim Blasko, resident of “Dish” says, “I like it. We don’t have a cleaning lady and we have to pay for our own toilet paper, but living here is like having our own apartment. And even though it’s a long walk, Seton Hill almost feels like a real campus.” Each room is equipped with 2 double rooms, 2 single rooms, a common room, shower, and bath; the building is also air-conditioned. A kitchen and laundry facilities are located on the second floor of each building for all residents to share.

“Last year our roof leaked into our room onto an electrical outlet. I was a little nervous about the same contractors building this hall, but they did a great job,” says Diana Geleskie, former resident of Farrell Hall.

When asked to comment on the new dorm, Associate Dean of Student Services and Director of Resident Life, Dr. Robin Anke, commented on the use of the word “dorm.” She says Seton Hill provides resident halls, rather than dormitories. According to Dr. Robin, dorm is Latin for “to be dormant” and our residence halls are not just a place to sleep; there are floor programs and pretty soon we’ll have pool table and other activities.

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September 23, 2005

I might get the hang out news writing yet

I'm well into my final year of school, and even now I'm learning new things. News writing was a daunting course for me, but I think I'm finally getting the hang of it; I've done fairly well on the assignments so far, and that's comforting. I was really nervous about the sopt news assignment, but I went to the event, completed my interviews, and reported my information--all pretty painless. Truthfully, it was fun. I've never really thought of journalism as a career choice for me, but it's slowly becoming an option. Not to say I'm a very good journalist; I'm not terrible at it, so I'm considering maybe trying my hand at writing an article for the Setonian...maybe. I'm not even sure they would except my work, but, hey, it's fun to imagine. I have a lot of work to do before the semester is up. I'm hoping to improve my writing by significant degrees. I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks. :-)

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September 21, 2005

Bigfoot comes to Jeannette

For those not familiar with Pennsylvania and the towns surrounding Greensburg, Jeannette is not a booming metropolis. Sometimes I question the label "town." I was born and raised in Jeannette, and by default became an Italian Catholic, simply because Jeannette is made up of pizza joints (10 at last count) and Catholic churches. I poke fun at my little hometown, but I'm proud of it, in a warped sort of way. Everyone knows everyone, football is a heritage, not a sport, and businesses close on Kennywood Day. Nothing more than a dot on the map. So, when I came upon the article in the September 20th Tribune Review about the annual East Coast Bigfoot Conference being held in Jeannette, I laughed.

First of all, I find it interesting that there is an event titled "Bigfoot Conference" in the first place. I guess there's a group or club with everyone. Secondly, why would anyone choose to hold said event in Jeannette of all places. I did some research and apparently there have been Bigfoot sightings in Jeannette, so I'm assuming that factors into the choice.

The Trib published a neutral, simple article. Stories like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster are faced with some skepticism, so I feel the newspaper just published the information about the upcoming conference and allowed the readers to decide for themselves. That's how I think a new article should be written. With the exception of editorials and satirical articles, reports should just presented the information, without opinion. In this instance, the mission was completed.

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A message to my Drama as Literature class

I happened to run into Dr. Jerz in the hallway, and we had a "heart to heart" about classes, blogging, and life in general. BTW, I recommend that to everyone--it's a good feeling to talk to a professor because you want to, rather than because you have to. Anyway, I brought up my feelings about everyone in my drama class and he encouraged me to share my thoughts with everyone. It's a little mushy and corny, but all these feelings are sincere...

Coming into this class, I was a little insulted. Here I am, a senior, taking a freshman class. Needless to say, I felt I was a little above and beyond the work and class. After talking in class and blogging and getting acquainted...simply, you guys are great. Everyone is smart and funny and I really look forward to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Without sounding like an old maid, I've been where you guys are. Freshman year was my most exciting, but probably the scariest. I just want you guys to know that you're doing a great job and you should be proud of the work you're doing. Everyone's ideas are clever and fresh, so discussion is exciting and I just love it. Yes, I know I'm a sap, but it's slowly hitting me that I'll be out of school soon and I'm going to miss this place; all I'll have is memories.

When I was a freshman, I wished for someone (not my parents or faculty) to encourage me and give me a boost every now and then. I just wanted someone to say, "You're doing great. Keep up the good work. You're going to make it." So I'm giving to you what I couldn't: if anyone needs anything, please let me know. I don't want to preach or patronize anyone, but I've been where you are and I would love to able to help you. Midterms are coming up soon and the proverbial s*** is going to hit the fan. I totally believe in you guys, so you'll be fine, but if it gets to be too much, feel free to come talk to me or complain or freak out. Everyone needs that from time to time. I'll guess I'll leave off now. Hope this wasn't too corny for everyone.

Oh, one more thing: to Gina & Katie...I'm proud of you, too!! I know you guys have been through a lot, so here's my love sent to you. Us old ladies have to stick together around all the youngins.

Ok, I lied, 2 more things: with midterms on the way, here's some hints to get through everything.

1. Remind yourself that you will get through everything. I still find myself spazzing about all the work & then I tell myself, "I can do this, I know I can do this." It sounds silly, but just believe and have faith in yourself. If you need some support, go to a friend.

2. Don't overwork yourself. If you work too much and get sick, things will only get worse. When I have a lot of work, I finish an assignment and then watch 1/2 of t.v. or go visit someone or call my mom. By working non-stop, my brain overloads and then I can't accomplish anything.

3. Finally, don't leave everything to the last minute. I know, I know, people always say procrastination is bad, but there is truth behind it. I work better under pressure and that works for me. Find out how you work the best--can you get everything done at one time or do you need to work ahead? You know yourself best, so work how you feel comfortable.

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September 20, 2005

In the eye of the beholder: Dead Man Walking

I really enjoyed reading the screen play to "Dead Man Walking," because it is so different from the previous plays. So far, we've read play scripts, but this was a movie script. Even though they're both dramatic pieces, this work played itself out differently in my head; I've never seen this film, so I don't have anything concrete to base these images on. All I have is the dialogue and "stage directions" in my head--but that's enough to form the movie in my mind.

Since this is a true story, I find myself believing in the characters more. I'm glad this wasn't a "happily ever after" tale; I'm sorry that two innocent kids died, and I'm also sorry Matt died. I do not condone his act of murder, but I am also not a supporter of the death penalty. (I won't even go into that subject...that's a whole other blog entry.) Whatever the outcome, it was refreshing a piece of true literature/drama. I sometimes reach a point where it seems innane to continually discuss the motivations of individuals that don't exist, except on paper and in our minds. Dr. Jerz actually brought that reality back into my "literaturized" mind. After a heated debate in Am. Lit., he reminded the class that the characters aren't real people and we should keep that in mind as we study literature. It's energizing to read a piece based a true events, like "Dead Man Walking" and "Machinal."

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September 19, 2005

Spot news roundup

I've previously mentioned my feelings on my first experience in the journalism world, but I guess I just can't get over the fact that I was brave and successfully completed the assignment. Researching and reporting my findings was different and exciting than anything I had done before. I was nervous about "going out into the real world," but I went with a group from class and it went well. I liked the feeling of asking strangers questions and jotting notes down in my little notepad. The respect I received from my interviewees was thrilling, too. Once I told them I was writing an article, they seemed to put some actual thought into their answers. Unforunately, they'd eventually ask what the article was for and I could only answer "for class." I think most of them enjoyed the thought of being quoted in the "Setonian." Hey, I still have one more year; maybe I'll get published yet.

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September 18, 2005

"The Jeweller's Shop"

I must say, I was really touched by this play. At first, I had a difficult time wrapping my head around it; the format and presentation is so unusual, I just didn't "get it." As I continued reading, I fell into the rhythm and I enjoyed this reading.

It amazes me that our former Pope wrote this almost risque drama. I am not Catholic and know very little about the beliefs, but it's surprising that a man like John Paul has such startling insights into marriage. I'm still trying to gauge my feelings. I really liked this work and it's comforting to know that this man, who was previously just an unreachable entity to a non-Catholic, has touched me in a way few authors do. I suppose this just stablizes my belief that religion should not cause a rift amongst us, but unite us, even if the particulars of the religions differ.

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September 16, 2005

"Machinal" II

I wasn't going to post this, but I am pretty proud of this response.

YOUNG WOMAN: First – I tried to make things clean.

This line encompasses one of the most important themes of this play. The young woman is so preoccupied with her hands and keeping things neat. After all, she slept with rubber gloves on her hands to keep them soft and clean. Even when after her baby is born, she shows no motherly instinct; she cannot even bring herself to feed her daughter.
Helen likes her life a particular way; however, her life never turns out as she plans. Finally, with the planning and execution of her husband’s murder, she has control. After her deed is completed, she admits she tried to clean up the mess, literally. Lorin comments on her blog that the bottle she kills her husband with is symbolic of her “bottled up” feelings. I’m taken with the concept that the young woman keeps everything neat and tidy inside of her mind, just like the bottle holds the stones. Ironically, the young woman snaps, and all of her pent up anger pours out, just as the bottle shatters over her husband’s head.

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September 15, 2005

Foreshadowing...dun dun dun

A lot of people commented on Sophie Treadwell's knack for foreshadowing (David, Denemarie, Chera). I'm glad to see I'm at least on the right track, because I also noticed that each episode gave a hint to the upcoming phase in life. The question I ask of the class: Foreshadowing plays a significant role in literature and drama; what other books or plays can you think of that have a large foreshadowing component?

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September 14, 2005

Agenda Item

I thought I posted this earlier, but apparently I was wrong. Let's try this again...

Should the audience sympathize with Helen? Do we grow to love her or hate her?

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September 12, 2005

Help for the novice news writers

I'm daunted by the task of news writing, so I did a little research to help ease my fears and make more prepared. These sites helped me, so maybe they will be of use for everyone else. I'm also hoping that this will be a little kick in the pants to everyone so they will START BLOGGING.

Journalism.org

Journalism.org: Getting the most out of an interview

Associated Press

Journalism

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The fear of the blog...

So I'm trying to build up blogs for my portfolio, but it's really difficult to do all this work by myself. Is everyone aware that we need to be blogging for the portfolio due on September 28th? I'm not sure many people are even going to read this, but I don't want this portfolio to come as a surprise. Plus, we all need to work with each other, because conversations and class participation are counted. Come on people!!

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The execution of Ruth Snyder

Sophie Treadwell's Machinal was based upon the life and execution of Ruth Snyder (1895-1928). Snyder married Albert Snyder, the editor of Motor Boating magazine, in 1915. After the birth of their daughter, Lorraine, 1918, Ruth met Judd Grey in 1925. Ruth and Judd began their affair and eventually Ruth planned to murder her husband.

After several attempts, Ruth and Judd successfully did away with Albert. He was beaten, strangled, and chloroformed him to death. Ruth and Judd were sentenced to death on May 9, 1927. At the execution, an electrocution, Judd's feet caught on fire, but a picture taken of Ruth strapped to the electric chair really stole the show. This picture was printed in the next day's news.

Double Indemnity and The Postman Only Rings Twice are also based on Ruth Snyder's execution.

I was really fascinated and taken with Machinal before I read anything about it's history. The audience feels a sympathy for Helen, even when we discover she's a murderess. From my research, it seems as though Ruth Snyder was a cold, hard woman who brutally murdered her husband. Sophie Treadwell's play sees the action from the other side; Helen is a meek, quiet woman that only wishes for freedom from her life. This play is just based on a real life murderess, but the similarities are striking-both women were office workers, got married to men they didn't really love, produced a daughter, gained a love, planned and murdered their husbands, and were then tried and executed. If Treadwell's goal was to allow the public to see life through Ruth/Helen's eyes, she succeeded. Helen seems so starved for love and although her actions should and cannot be excused, I can believe how she thought she was in the right. Other options were available for both Ruth and Helen, but took their life and fate into their own hands.

For more information on Ruth Snyder, try these sites:
Ruth Snyder

Execution Photo

Ultimate Ruth Snyder

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News writing spot news

So the new dorm opens tomorrow (actually today) and I'm going to do my spot news story on that. I'm usually pretty ok with new experiences, but I'm not going for my own curiousity; I'm going for an assignement, so that makes the task somewhat daunting. I'm not sure exactly how I want to handle things. My goal is to take some notes on the ceremony, but I also want to talk to some students who live there. The ultimate would be to talk to a contractor of the buiding, but I don't hold much hope out for that. Even if I had the opportunity, I think I would probably chicken out. Like I said before, journalism/news writing is a whole new world to me and it's going to take some getting used to. Luckily I know some other students from the class who are going, so I won't be alone. Let's just hope I get enough decent material for the story. Maybe journalism will turn out to be my calling in life. :-)

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September 11, 2005

"The Importance of Being Earnest"

Here's my response for "Importance..." It's basically the same as my other blog entry, but I thought it would make interesting reading.

Jack: Gwendolen, it is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that all his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth. Can you forgive me?
(Wilde, “The Importance…”)

I believe this quote represents the whole tone and feel of the play. All the dialogue is a play on words and most of the time, I feel like the characters are talking in circles. I suppose this is the comic purpose; while the characters are so uppity and high class, they come across sounding like idiots. If they didn’t think so much of themselves, the effect just would not be the same.
The appearance (or lack thereof) of truth is also another aspect of comic relief. Sometimes all the lies swirling about gets irritating; I just wish everyone would tell the truth and get everything out in the open. I understand the play is set in a different time and it is just a play, but no one in real life acts like that. The action, “Bunburying”, and endless cycle are a little ridiculous. However, with all my complaints, I find this comedy sweet and endearing. I’ve seen the play acted out, so I’m able to visual the characters and their actions as I’m reading. Also, by seeing a performance, I am given the opportunity to think of various interpretations and changes I would make; I’ve seen it one way, but there is the ability for adaptation.

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September 10, 2005

“Watch out Danielle Steel, Here Comes Lou Gagliardi”

Good or bad, here's my first journalistic attempt. I just wanted to share my article and see if anyone had anyone suggestions for next time. Be kind, everyone!!

Louis Gagliardi, a 21 year-old freshman at Seton Hill University, isn’t just a student; he is also a romance writer. A graduate of Greensburg-Salem High School and Triangle Tech of Greensburg, Gagliardi is a creative writing major and is in the process of publishing his first novel with Harlequin Publishing Company. “ ‘Secrets of the Heart’ is about a werewolf finding love with a doctor that is trying to cure him.” That topic seems to fit some of Gagliardi’s hobbies: horror, vampire, and Francis Ford Coppula films. Gagliardi also notes that Bram Stoker is one of his favorite authors.

Gagliardi chose to attend Seton Hill because he “wanted more education and to get his degree.” His mother describes her son as “a carefree individual who’s SINGLE and knows just when to say the right thing and just not when to say it." Leave it to a mom to utilize every opportunity. “Lou is an intelligent guy who can do good things, but gets frustrated easily,” says Gagliardi’s close friend, Bryan Peters. Gagliardi responded to this comment with a shrug and an embarrassed smile. “What can I say…?”

When asked what he wants to be remembered for, he answered “my literary work”; Gagliardi writes books, but he certainly can become a man of few words. In the classroom, he speaks little; when he does comment, his thoughts are catching and profound. Classmate and friend, Moira, states, “Lou adds a necessary diversity to the classroom; there’s no one out there quite like him.” When he is not writing novels or in class, Gagliardi plays video games, football on Sundays, and hockey during the winter. He certainly seems like a busy guy!


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September 09, 2005

Earnest XII: Earnest Comes to Seton Hill

Ok, I couldn't resist the crappy joke. Reading this play was (almost) a blast from the past. Everyone remember "Ernest Saves Christmas" and "Ernest Scared Stupid"? Ah, for the good ol' days.

I have had the fortunate experience of seeing this play performed, compliments of the SHU theater department. For those who haven't seen it performed and were reading it for the first time, was it hard to visualize the action and quiry word play and puns in the dialogue?

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Time to eat!

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

Foster: My guess is that as long as people act toward their fellows in exploitative and selfish ways, the vampire will be with us.

Krogstad, by Foster's definition, is a vampire. He may not literally suck the blood from Nora, but he certainly holds her life in his hands. Because of his selfishness (although one may feel he is entitled to look out only for himself), Nora's future is in the balance: does she confess to her husband and risk losing him and her reputation or allow Krogstad to manipulate her and still potentially lose everything? In order to fulfill his life, Krogstad must take Nora's-essentially what a vampire does.

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September 07, 2005

Journalism is much tougher then expected.

I'm a senior, so I've defintely had my fair share of lit. courses, but this is my first journalism course. I didn't expect it to be easy, but it's much more challenging then I thought. I just finished our first big assignment and, frankly, it's awful. I've read all the chapters assigned and I've tried to simplify and thin out all the "puff" in my work - let's just say I need some serious
de-puffing. I hope I'll get some help in class, I certainly need it. Maybe I'll trade someone for lit. from me for help on my news writing. Anyone interested?

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September 04, 2005

"A Doll House" or "The Doll's House"?

HELMER: But I'll believe. Tell me! Transform ourselves to the point that-?

NORA: That our living together could be a true marriage.

HELMER: Nora! Nora! Empty. SHe's gone. The greatest miracle-?
(Ibsen, "A Doll House")

I originally thought we were reading a play by the name of "A Doll's House" and, although I was mistaken, the name still fits. Nora is introduced as a weak, "plaything" that her husband controls. Personally, I think she's extremely strong. Yes, she's been taken care of and pampered most of her life, but I don't feel that makes a person completely weak. Others, like Kristine, may have more life experience, but Nora took a chance to save her husband, which I find truly brave.

Without Nora, there would be no play (obviously), but rather than having the title as "A Doll House," "The Doll's House" seems more appropriate. Nora is a doll or trophy wife, but she's calling the shots in the house. That fact comes to a head in the last few lines. Torvald has taken his perfect life and wife for granted, so when she leaves, he sees how empty his life now is. Nora may be toy for everyone's amusement, but she knows how to manipulate the situation and make everyone love her, which is the ultimate power. Even Kristine, with her hardships, falls under Nora's spell. Again, Nora must seem like a simple doll and she may be living in a fairy-tale doll house, but it's her doll house to control.

Props to Nora for finally sticking it to everyone-the power that comes from being "perfect" may be intoxicating, but I'm sure it gets old after some time. Nora was totally aware of her power to control others, but it was certainly refreshing to see her challenge herself and go out in the real world. If I was her and her kind of ability, I would want to test my strength against others, and not just those in my close circle.

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September 02, 2005

A new year begins

I think I'm going to enjoy my news writing class; I've been so involved in literature for the past three years, that journalism never really crossed my mind. For awhile I considered going into journalism, but education called to me more. However, I'm excited about the upcoming semester and expanding my horizons. I even made a new friend today!! Woo-hoo!! Hi, Lou!!!

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"Trifles"

Mrs. Hale: She-come to think of it, she was kind of like a bird herself-real sweet and pretty, but kind of timid and-fluttery. How-she-did-change. (Glaspell, “Trifles”)

When Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale found the birdcage, I immediately thought about the similarities between Mrs. Wright’s life and the life of a bird. The description Mrs. Hale provides paints such a picture for the audience; it is easy to imagine this lovely, bird-like woman locked up by her husband. My favorite word in this quote is “fluttery.” It is simple, but sums up Mrs. Wright’s personality and appearance. I can see in my mind a slight, fragile woman flitting around the kitchen preparing dinner or haphazardly working on her sewing while her hands shake.

The punctuation in this quote, and throughout the entire play, add a sense of realism. Nobody in real life always knows exactly what to say or how to act. Through the dialogue, Glaspell makes her characters seem real. The pauses, dashes, and dropped statements allow the reader or audience to relate to these women. They are just housewives trying to understand a desperate woman’s motivation and their language shows it. They are normal people talking with one another without scripts. Comically, the words are deliberately scripted (this is a play after all), but Glaspell succeeds in making the language sound natural.

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