Does anyone have any lesson Plans that would make it easer to teach Shakespeare? I was thinking about splitting up the scenes and putting the students into groups to analyze each part. Ideas for how this could work and most benefit the students in their learning would be appreciated.
Why are people so addicted to saying swear words? Most of them are not used for there really concrete meanings anyways. For example the F word fully functional in all forms of language but what does it really mean and what has it meant in the past. Here it is; in the past in the original meaning the F word was an acronym F.U.C.K a retched court case. An acronym which lawyers came up with to shorten the name of the case. Today it is the word that can fit into any sentence meaning anything negative or positive. This is the same with the word asshole. There is the literal meaning, which most people don’t even consider when using the word and then there is the insult as in a jerk of some sort. This also got me thinking about how people affect language the reactions it acquires and messages it portrays to what type of person.
Each person has a different personality, which affects their understanding of words and phrases. Different words cause different reactions and there is almost more than one way to say everything in the English language. Of course I am singling out English be because that is the only language I can be sure about. However an insult in language can become a compliment. For example you are not as ugly as sue. Sarah is very pretty. If this was said one could respond to this a few ways. Are it that you are pretty or you are not pretty but only better looking than sue or are you equally as pretty as Sarah? Could you then also be prettier than Sarah? Ever hear the phrase “I’ll take that as a compliment” This statement implies that a person can choose to look at something one-way or the other. An example of this is you are not as ugly as sue therefore you are pretty. Humans have the ability to miss lead in their favor.
They also have the ability to miss lead not in their favor. For example in Rolling Stones Magazine a women writer who was trying to sound like a strong working women against sexism towards women ended up make herself look like a fool. She replaced almost every word Women with the word vagina which intern developed the sexism she was against. Word is powerful and everyone needs to be careful on how they are translated to others.
“ And neither those critics who claim to interpret poems nor those who claim merely to interpret readers, are ever free from the web of words. “
Literary critics are mad scientist. I mean someone who truly cares about these different types a criticism must be crazy or getting there. Humans are not meant to solve a problem that’s answer is no answer. Words mean different things at different times and time periods to different people, with different experiences, ethnicities, and cultures. How could one predict all of that? Each writer does not tell you his or her whole identity. And it is not just the writer but also pertains to the reader and their life. I think it is useless to find reality within a work of Literature. Coming up with intertextual criticism and Author intent, reader-response all can have answers but mimetic I feel like there isn’t one but if there is please help me
This is my first blogging portfolio for EL 312 Literary criticisms my previous other blogging portfolios were for the class EL 150 Introduction to literary studies. Here is a link to my last portfolio in EL150
COVERAGE: Shows that I commented on all the readings assigned for this class.
DEPTH: (Theses are some examples of blog entries that I really expanded on my ideas)
Carnival (A group of bloggers agrees to blog on a particular topic, and one of them writes a cover entry that links to each contributor's blog.)
INTERACTION: (This sections shows were I have commented on other peoples blog responses to my bogs.)
Where does the talent come from?
Where did the talent come from? - written Jan 25 three comments
“ Ah, mater,” sighed the black, bowing his face, “don’t speak of me; Babo is nothing; what Babo has done was but duty.”
“Faithful fellow!” cried Captain Delano. “Don Benito, I envy you such a friend; slave I cannot call him” (Melville 495)
Let me just start by saying that this story was not my favorite mostly because it seems to tell the reader a story he or she has already encountered. It seems to be discussing the slave trade to the Americas a story that has been over played in its many versions. However Melville adds an interesting twist to this story using symbolism to further contributing to the notion of “White Guilt” as used in the book Rereading America. The way African Americans were treated on their voyage was tragic and Melville creates an in depth picture for his readers when he continues to explain the Conflict that Captain Delano holds within himself. His duets and morals become the angle and demand on his shoulders. “ Ah, mater,” sighed the black, bowing his face, “don’t speak of me; Babo is nothing; what Babo has done was but duty.” “Faithful fellow!” cried Captain Delano. “Don Benito, I envy you such a friend; slave I cannot call him” (Melville 495) Captain Delano feels guilty of treating people whom he has become friends with through learning the language and feeding the slaves on the boat.
Melville also delivers this passion through colorful text, mostly colors that drive from the far ends of the spectrum. From black to white, and from light to dark. As one may already know where the American slave trade is concerned color has everything to do with this event. The first page is full of dark imagery not only with the usages of the word Gray but also in the form of Shadows. Melville never hides the direction of his story “Shadows present, foreshadowing deeper shadows to come” (Melville 489.) Foreshadowing the state that America is in today. Melville seems to know what is to come in the future and is blaming Americans for their own out-come, Thus creating again the notion of “white Guilt.”
Then you have the other side of the spectrum Light and white. There is too much to write about I give up. J
I would like to read some of Harold Bloom’s works, when time is on my side. He sounds very intelligent when it comes to misreading of a work. People are influenced by their surroundings whether they like it or not. “ What happens if one tries to write, or to teach, or to think or even to read without the sense of a traditions?” (194 Kolodny) Literature is always going to influence other literature as well as learning. Literature is used in the learning process and is conveniently misread for different purposes. However Bloom does have some limitations in his model as pointed out by kolodny. When the topic of women authors arises. I feel that I have learned a lot in this class of literary criticisms
“Whenever the author turns into a reader of his own work, he must therefore revert to the code, which he had already recoded in his work” (142 Iser).
The meaning of a work all depends on the readers and audience at the time. So when the writer becomes the reader the audience takes that as the truth above all truths. The author’s ideals would come out and there would be no more room for interpretation otherwise. If people of today do not become aware of the fact that the author becoming the reader of their own peace is not the final answer the world will be stuck not being able to think for themselves. There is so such thing as the ideal reader of any written work because even the author as an ideal reader would not come up with the meaning of their work to all audiences. As time moves on a reader conducts many meanings of a work of literature through observing other documentation that has been created and becomes available to the audiences. The writer has no way of predicting the future documentation that will become available to define their works.
“ Unarmed readers may believe they are responding to the surface level, but they are really being affected by the underlying patterns of archetypal symbolism.” (131)
All through school, students like myself have been taught that commercials are lying and that we should not believe them. That they are subconsciously convincing us that we want something that we really don’t. Writing affects people in the same way. The Author writes to convince its audience of something or to show them how they feel. There have been some writings in the past based on scientific evidences however evidences can also be written to sway the opinion of someone reading it. Specifically today readers are not reading for scientific value and or destine for literature. People “do not live by scientific truth alone”(131). An every day reader looks at a work of literature through his or her response and not what is behind the words that is actually trigging the emotion. This being said, I think that it is relatively imposable for someone to critic a work based off of reader response because each reader has a different response and can never be assumed. The value of the reader’s response is limited though not valueless. When evaluating a work the reader response may be beneficial if used as the most common reader response and not as a specific reader response. The reader response can be used to predict what the author wanted but cannot be the only evidence to prove a point. Many of the schools of criticism work in the same way. “One advantage of Richards’s view is that it offers to account for all features of the literary work” (132) For an argument in criticism of a work of literature to be considered valid it must have evidences to the conclusion in more than one school of criticism.
What does the title refer to in "The Dead?" There are many argument theories including that the dead really means those who died in the story, or figuratively speaking the characters of which have dead emotions. Some including myself would say that it is not about death at all but about rebirth specifically the rebirth of Irish heritage and society (Cengage.)
“Yes, the newspapers were right: snow was general all over Ireland.” Winter comes so that the ground may be reborn in the spring. This statement is unusual in this story because snow does not fall very often in Ireland, which is the setting of the story. This would be a rare in this setting and for James Joyce to choose the snow is a green light for symbolism.
It was falling on every part of the dark central plain, on the treeless hills, falling softly upon the Bog of Allen and, farther westward, softly falling into the dark mutinous Shannon waves. It was falling, too, upon every part of the lonely churchyard on the hill where Michael Furey lay buried”(Joyce).
Though all seems depressed and hopeless at the end of “The Dead” Joyce still manages to include the fact that he is not explaining a death at all when he writes on the very last line “ upon all the living and the dead.”
· What do you think the snow symbolizes?
· Do you think I am going in the right direction or do you agree with the other critics?
More on James joyce and what others think
· What other proof can you find to my thesis about James Joyce “The Dead?” Back to Carnival
“Structural irony refers to an implication of alternate or reversed meaning that pervades a work. A major technique for sustaining structural irony is the use of a naïve protagonist or unreliable narrator who continually interprets events and intentions in ways that the author signals are mistaken” (Hamilton 45)
I thought that it would be appropriate to look up this term because most of the reading for El 312 of this week discussed structuralism and Irony. I am sure that structural critics would be dealing with Irony in the context of all the literary works that require a structuralism view. Irony is simple to look for however if you are going to use it critically then you much use more than one form of critical reading and evaluate fully before only concentrating on Irony.