My Final Portfolio

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This is my final Portfolio for American Literature 1800-1915. Throughout this class, I've noticed that by blogging, I was able to express what I thought a certain story ment to me, and I was also able to see what other people thought, by reading their blogs.

Coverage: These are all of the blogs I've done for my third and final portfolio.

Chapter 2: Where I Lived, and What I Lived For- Living With Sounds

Chapter 4: Sounds- Living With Sounds

Chapter 13: House Warming- Warming The House at the End

Chapter 18: Conclusion- Warming The House at the End

Foster's, Chapter 13: It's All Political- Fancy Politics about Christ

Foster's Chapter 14: Yes She's a Christ Figure, Too- Fancy Politics about Christ

Foster's Chapter 15: Flights of Fancy- Fancy Politics about Christ

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn- Racial Stereotyping for Twain

Foster's Chapter 25: Don't Read With Your Eyes- Easier Said Than Done

Foster's Chapter 26: Is He Serious? And Other Ironies- Easier Said Than Done

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz- I'm Melting, I'm Melting...Things I've Noticed and Liked

 

Depth: These are the blogs I thought I went into more detail with.

Foster's, Chapter 13: It's All Political- Fancy Politics about Christ

Foster's Chapter 14: Yes She's a Christ Figure, Too- Fancy Politics about Christ

Foster's Chapter 15: Flights of Fancy- Fancy Politics about Christ

Foster's Chapter 25: Don't Read With Your Eyes- Easier Said Than Done- I've heard people say this so many times, that when I read about it it didn't surprise me, but like my title states, it's easier said than done. With this blog, I was able to say that even if you try to take another view on a story it's still hard.

Foster's Chapter 26: Is He Serious? And Other Ironies- Easier Said Than Done

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz- I'm Melting, I'm Melting...Things I've Noticed and Liked- This was by far my favorite story, and blog. I was able to really go into detail of what I thought about the book, what I liked, and what I didn't like.

 

Interaction: These are other people's blogs that I've commented on. With the blogs I've commented on, it was interesting to see that others thought, and took things the same way that did, and made me feel better about voicing certain things.

Sarah Durham: Race

Katie Lantz: So Blind, So Arrogant, So Bigoted

Jessica Pierce: A New Way of Thinking

 

Discussion: So far no one has commented on any of my blogs for my third portfolio.

 

Timeliness: These are the blogs that I have submitted early enough so people could comment on them.

Chapter 2: Where I Lived, and What I Lived For- Living With Sounds

Chapter 4: Sounds- Living With Sounds

Chapter 13: House Warming- Warming The House at the End

Chapter 18: Conclusion- Warming The House at the End

Foster's, Chapter 13: It's All Political- Fancy Politics about Christ

Foster's Chapter 14: Yes She's a Christ Figure, Too- Fancy Politics about Christ

Foster's Chapter 15: Flights of Fancy- Fancy Politics about Christ

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz- I'm Melting, I'm Melting...Things I've Noticed and Liked

 

Xenoblogging: I have commented on other people's blogs, but have not atually started an ongoing conversation with anyone.

 

WildCard: These are the blogs I thought I did really well on, I also think with these blogs I was really able to axpress what I thought about certain readings.

Foster's Chapter 25: Don't Read With Your Eyes- Easier Said Than Done

Foster's Chapter 26: Is He Serious? And Other Ironies- Easier Said Than Done

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz- I'm Melting, I'm Melting...Things I've Noticed and Liked- This was my favorite blog, because I was able to take a movie that I didn't like, read the book, and then finally understand it. By blogging what I thought, I was able to voice my thoughts for others to see.

In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, I was very surprised to find out how different the book was from the movie. I have to say the book is better than the movie.

One of the things I first noticed was, that when the Wicked Witch of the West found out about Dorothy and her friends, she sent wolves, crows, and bees. The similarity between them was the number of them, which was 40. There may be no huge significance there, but it still grabbed my attention, in that there was a pattern where I least expected it.

One of my favorite quotes from this book was by the winged monkeys, "We dare not harm this little girl," he said to them, "for she is protected by the Power of Good, and that is greater than the Power of Evil. All we can do is carry her to the castle of the wicked witch and leave her there." Which made me realize that they aren't the bad guys, and are actually very helpful, making them my favorite characters. This also shows the classic Good overcoming Evil. Since Dorothy was kissed by the good witch, the evil witch couldn't hurt her, therefore causing her, and evil to fail.

My question is, why is the Power of Good, and the Power of Evil capitalized?

Something that dissapoints me however, is that the phrase, I'm melting, I'm melting spoken by the Wicked Witch of the West was never in the book. I always loved when she said that in the movie. It was funny. In the book however, alls she said was that she will be melting in a moment, and to watch out. A bit of a let down.

I was also annoyed with chapter 16: The Magic of the Great Humbug. Mostly because, the scarecrow, tinman, and lion went on to say how smart they were since the didn't doubt Oz, when in fact they were just stupid. Yes, Oz granted there wishes, but he was able to because of how gulible they were. Alls he did was put mush in the scarecrow's head, put a silk heart filled with dust in the tinman'd chest, and make the lion drink some unknown substance. He didn't do anything, but make them believe he was a true wizard, because they were gulible and stupid.

I really enjoyed the book, way better than the movie, which always confused me up until a few years ago. The book was easier for me to understand, even if that sounds odd. I think the book did a better job off portraying the importance of "There's No Place Like Home!" than the movie. However, the one thing I like about the movie......I'm melting, I'm melting!

Easier Said Than Done!

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Fosters, Chapter 25: Don't Read With Your Eyes

Don't read with your eyes, but rather with the eyes of those who lived when the story was written, or those in the story. Easier said than done. Why? Well because everybody wants their opinion to be right. But also because it depends on the story and how it's written. If it's interesting and attentiongrabbing then it's easier to look at from different point of views, and your better able to understand and appreciate the other views, seen from other eyes. However, if its boring, then you tend to miss crucial information.By reading from other point of views and seeing things through other people's eyes, you will better understand whats going on and why people act a certain way. Besides, it's more entertaining view a story in several different ways, rather than just your own. Your eyes may be clouded over with mundane things you normally wouldn't look twice at. I mean really, whats so interesting about celery, apples, and oranges? Well to figure that out , you need to look through the eyes of others.

 

Fosters, Chapter 26: Is He Serious? And Other Ironies:

"Are you Serious?" is one of my favorite lines in a story. Not always worded the same way, but with the meaning. I always want to scream at the characters who say this, "Of course they are, why else would they be saying it?" Then I have to back up and remind myself it's just a story and laugh at myself. The more I think about it, I begin to think, maybe it's a trick,irony, or something else. I always enjoy when a main character is told to do something, but they don't beacause they don't take it seriously. talk about wanting to scream, and that certainly does make me want to scream. But maybe the other reason they don't listen, apart from being stupid sometimes, is because something ironic is meant to happen. Still, it's annoying to wait for it to all play out for the character, when you as the audiance can already see what's going to take place. My biggest question is how do you know when its irony? In this chapter it says to just listen. Once again, easier said than done. 

Racial Stereotyping for Twain

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   In the "Adventures of huckleberry Finn," Mark Twain has readers view Afro-Americans as superstitous and lazy. He hadthem being viewed as how they were thought to be or maybe how they were supposed to be and how they were stereotyped. Even though Twain uses the correct perception of how they were viewed, he adds his own twist. Twain has a strategy of doing this. He elaborates the racial stereotype in order to undermine them throughout the story. For example, with Jim, Twain portrays Jim as engaging in superstitous behavior, like all Afro-Americans do, but then contradicts himself by showing Jim as compassionate, shrewd, thoughtful, self-sacrificing, and wise. Throughout the story Twain undermines the stereotype put on Afro-Americans by elaborating on them, and then contradicting himself over and over again.

Editorials

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I've never actually written my own editorial, so I wouldn't know exactly how to argue my point, but still hit on the openents side. I do however know how to be nice about something I don't agree with. For my senior project in highschool, I had to argue my point in why euthanasia should be made legal, while hitting on the openents side, and why they think it should stay illegal. I had to give both sides, without overely favoring mine. I couldn't be rude or make the otherside seem stupid. Since I was for euthanasia becoming legal, I had to back it up with facts, and give solutions. The solutions caused a bit of a problem because it raised some problems with my view, but I addressed them with ways to prevent them. It took me 6 drafts to get it to where I wanted it to be, when I finally turned it in. Turns out I still overaly favored my side, but at least I wasn't rude about it. I find you can sway peoples decisions just by offering both sides with the correct information, and letting them choose.

Fancy Politics About Christ

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Chapter 13: It's All Political

To me, politics aren't very good. In fact Fosters has the same idea when he said, "They don't travel well, don't age well, and generally aren't much good in their own time and place, however sincere they may be" (109). I don't think it matters how sincere they try to be, because it almost never comes out that way, at least when I read it. To me it sounds arragent. Along with the sincerity issue, there is the objective issue. Once again, no matter how objective you start out, a writer almost always favors one side of the argument, and a lot of the timesit shows. In my opinion political writings aren't anything special.

Chapter 14: Yes She's a Christ Figure, Too

In a work of literatur, the author may not come right out and say this is from the Bible, but they may show it based on the characters role, or even how humankind relates to nature. Then again it could be hidden in allusions and analogues. One thing that is helpful is to know a bit about different cultures and their religions. That way your not in the dark when you read something that makes references to the Old and New Testament.

Chapter 15: Flights Of Fancy

"If it flies, it isn't human" (125). True to some extent. It depends greatly on what your writing about. Everyone knows that birds , bats, and insects fly. Not humans. However, there are some birds that don't fly, like penguins. If your writing about real life actions then it would be pointless to make a human fly. However if it's set in a fistion world, well then you can do whatever you want. You as the author can make anything fly,  and make flight mean anything, like freedom or fly. It all depends on what type of writing your doing. Fiction or Non-Fiction.

Warming The House at The End

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Chapter 13: House Warming

Again the main character talks about his life on the farm. As winter approaches he begins to gather food, and even build a new chimney. He collects berries and nuts, and even went as far as takinf them from the homes of squirrels. He also climbs trees to shake them from time to time. As winter approaches he describes throughout the chapter what he does to get ready.

Chapter 18: Conclusion

I was confused about the begining of the conclusion. The conclusion seems to be talking about the end of the year. But to me there is too much confusion about what he's talking about.

Living With Sounds

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Chapter 2: Where I Lived, and What I Lived For

The main character here moves to a farm, it seems to get away from the busy life of the town. He uses seeds to plant and even builds a wheelbarrow. He has moretime on his hands than he has ever had before. However, he seems to complain a lot about the modern things being built, but he doesn't do anything about it. He just complains. He just lives on his farm, and does what he wants on his own time. The simple life.

Chapter 4: Sounds

Once again the main character talks about where he lives and what he does. First he goes on about the first summer on the farm and how he can't do what he wants (read books), but hoe beans. I found this chapter along with chapter 2 to be hard to read. It just went on and on and seemed dull to me. What I did like was how he gave a lot of dircription he used on the different sounds he heard, and what made them.

Porfolio 1

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This is my attempt at Portfolio 1 for Newswriting.

 

Coverage: Below are all of my blogs for Newswriting.

Something is Happening- Onion, Something is Happening in Haiti

Obituary- Obituary

News- What I Think About News

Clark and Scanlon 294-302- Showing Not Telling

Accident- Vehicle Accident at EMC

Story Fillers- Bus Plunges

Better Stories- Which is a Better Story?

Confusion- Crimes of Confusion?

Crime Reports- Reasons for Crime Reports

 

Depth: These are the blogs I think that have the most depth, and had more to say.

Obituary- Obituary

News- What I Think About News

Clark and Scanlon 294-302- Showing Not Telling

Confusion- Crimes of Confusion?

Crime Reports- Reasons for Crime Reports

 

Interaction: So far I have not blogged on any of my classmates blogs, which I know realize that's the one thing I really need to work on and do.

 

Discussions: These are my blogs that other people have commented on.

Clark and Scanlon 294-302- Showing Not Telling

Confusion- Crimes of Confusion?

 

Timeliness:These are the blogs of mine that I had submitted early enough for people to comment on. (I have had 4 comments so far.)

Clark and Scanlon 294-302- Showing Not Telling

Accident- Vehicle Accident at EMC

Story Fillers- Bus Plunges

Better Stories- Which is a Better Story?

Confusion- Crimes of Confusion?

Crime Reports- Reasons for Crime Reports

 

Xenoblogging: I don't have any Xenoblogging since I don't have comments for other people. Again I realize this is where I need the most improvement.

 

Wildcard:This is the blog that I think I did the best on. I really understood what I was writing about when I posted it.

News- What I Think About News

* I was really able to express what I think for this blog, and it was easier for me, than most of the other blogs I did. 

Portfolio 1

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This is my attempt at doing portfolio 1 for American Literature 1800-1915.

 

Coverage: Below are all the Blogs I have done for American Literature 1800-1915.

Fosters, How to Read Literature Like a Professor: Ch. 5-7- Where Have I Seen her Before? Shakespeare or the Bible?

The Scarlet Letter: Ch. 1-6- The True Feelings of Hester Prynne

The Scarlet Letter: Ch. 7-13- Pearl is Hester's Child

Fosters, How to Read Literature Like a Professor: Ch. 8-10- What to Borrow, Myth, or Rain and Snow?

The Scarlet Letter: Ch. 14-21- What Does the Scarlet Letter Mean?

The Scarlet Letter: Ch. 19-24- No Longer Visible

Fosters, How to Read Literature Like a Professor: Ch. Interlude, 11, 12- Confusion About Books!

Bartleby the Scrivener- A Story About Wall-Street

The Yellow Wallpaper- Yellow

 

Depth: These are the blogs that I thought I had more to say about and went deeper into the reading.

Fosters, How to Read literature Like a Professor: Ch. 5-7- Where Have I Seen her Before? Shakespeare or theBible?

Fosters, How to Read Literature Like a Professor: Ch. 8-10- What to Borrow, Myth, or Rain and Snow?

Fosters, How to Read Literature Like a Professor: Ch. Interlude, 11, 12- Confusion About Books!

 

Interaction: So far I have not blogged on any of my classmates blogs, which I know realize that's the one thing I really need to work on and do.

 

Discussions: These are my blogs that other people have commented on.

The Scarlet Letter: Ch. 7-13- Pearl is Hester's Child

Fosters, How to Read Literature Like a Professor: Ch. Interlude, 11, 12- Confusion About Books!

 

Timeliness: These are the blogs of mine that I had submitted early enough for people to comment on. (I have received two comments so far.)

Fosters, How to Read Literature Like a Professor: Ch. 5-7- Where Have I Seen her Before? Shakespeare or the Bible?

The Scarlet Letter: Ch. 1-6- The True Feelings of Hester Prynne

The Scarlet Letter: Ch. 7-13- Pearl is Hester's Child

Fosters, How to Read Literature Like a Professor: Ch. 8-10- What to Borrow, Myth, or Rain and Snow?

The Scarlet Letter: Ch. 14-21- What Does the Scarlet Letter Mean?

The Scarlet Letter: Ch. 19-24- No Longer Visible

 

Xenoblogging: I don't have any Xenoblogging since I don't have comments for other people. Again I realize this is where I need the most improvement.

 

Wildcard: This is the blog that I think I did the best on. I really understood what I was writing about when I posted it.

Fosters, How to Read Literature Like a Professor: Ch. 5-7- Where Have I Seen her Before? Shakespeare or the Bible?

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