October 26, 2004

Huck Finn (Chapters 32-The Last)

The conclusion of this novel was a happy ending. The adventure has finally come to an end, but who knows because Tom Sawyer is always influencing Huck Finn. In my opinion, I thought it was kind of ironic how Jim was already free, since that's what Miss Watson wrote in her will, but Jim was still traveling with Huck in order to obtain his freedom. This quote elaborates on this predicament: "...Tom was right about old Miss Watson setting Jim free in her will; and so, sure enough, Tom Sawyer had gone and took all that trouble and bother to set a free n***** free! and I couldn't ever understand before, until that minute and that talk, how he could help a body set a n***** free with his bringing-up."

In Chapter XXXIX, I couldn't believe how Huck and Tom placed snakes and rats in the shed with Jim in it. Huck didn't even object to his unfair treatment to Jim. If he did care about him, then he would have not went along with Tom's plan. You might say that society has been affecting Huck, because he is thinking to himself why is Tom helping a runaway black man? He is jeopardizing his safety to help Jim. Now, Huck is having mixed feelings of what he and Tom are doing.

In Chapter XLIII, Tom pays Jim forty dollars for his troubles and wants to send Jim back as a hero. Jim replied, "Dah, now, Huck, what I tell you? -- what I tell you up dah on Jackson islan'? I tole you I got a hairy breas', en what's de sign un it; en I tole you I ben rich wunst, en gwineter to be rich agin en it's come true; en heah she is! Dah, now! doan' talk to me -- signs is signs, mine I tell you; en I knowed jis' 's well 'at I 'uz gwineter be rich agin as I's a-stannin' heah dis minute!" This proves how Jim believes in his superstitions and he wasn't just tricking Huck just to get his money in the earlier chapters; Jim seriously believed his omens and future predictions.

Overall, I believe this book's prime focus is on Huck Finn and how he grows as an individual. There is an enough evidence to confirm this idea. Huck as changed from a mischievous boy to a wise young man. There were some parts in the novel that I liked about Huck and some parts I didn't. I liked how Huck invented new plans in order to fool people. It showed his creativity and how he can get out of tough situations. I didn't like how Huck just left Jim to face all the horrible things Tom put him through with the snakes and the rats in the shed. Huck should have done something to help Jim. I guess Huck was there for Jim physically, but not emotionally.

Shanna's presentation was about heroism in this novel. She defined "hero" in four different definitions. All of them related in one way or another. I believe that this was a good topic to discuss, because I see where she is getting the idea of heros in the novel. The three main characters: Huck, Jim, and Tom are the main heros. The following is an interpretation of how the class viewed three the characters to be heros.

Huck is a hero for several reasons including: caring about Jim, to go out and have an adventure, and not afraid to tell Tom his plans. Huck has an different way of thinking, and he does this because he wants to find himself. You can tell that he is acting out as an adolescent.

Jim is a hero because he is there for Huck and he inspires him. When Huck grows physically and mentally, Jim is like Huck's mentor. Jim knows how to deal with Huck through actions, and not on an intellectual level. It takes guts to deal with Tom and Huck with their plans and all the trouble that he has gone through.

The only reason Tom is a hero is because he wants to free Jim. Mainly, he's not really a hero, since he acts quite foolish. Also, Tom already knows that Jim is free. Tom's morals are not as good, but his characteristics are heroic. He is a natural leader, and the kids want to follow him because he is charismatic and his plans are fun and courageous.

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October 25, 2004

Adventures of Huck Finn (Chapters 16-31)

The story is getting interesting and is moving at a faster pace. Here are some highlights of the chapters that I found out to be exciting.

In Chapter XVIII, Huck lives with the Grangerfords and now Huck develops a new interest in girls. The only problem is that the family is having a feud with the Shepardsons. This feud has been going on for years, until one day the Grangerfords (Buck and 19-year old) have been killed by the Shepardsons in a gunfight. Now, Huck must sail away in his raft with Jim to find a new location for him to stay. Huck was distrubed for awhile, since he did enjoy the family's company.

In Chapter XXIV, the king and the duke decided to paint Jim blue for the performance of their show. They placed a sign on Jim and he is supposed to represent a "Sick Arab". I find this rather amusing, because I don't know why being painted blue represents an Arab. What's the connection? Also, I find it upsetting that if Huck is such great friends with Jim, then why did he let the king and duke paint Jim? Huck should have protected Jim and not allowed them to paint Jim blue.

In Chapter XXIX, there was a conflict between the king and duke and the real Harvey and William Wilks. Both were going on and on about who is real and who is a fraud. There was a turning point to the story when the king said, "I warn't up at the Pint in the mornin'." Then, the lawyer said, "Preacher be hanged, he's a fraud and a liar. He was up at the Pint that mornin'. I live up there, don't I? Well, I was up there, and he was up there. I see him there. He come in a canoe, along with Tim Collins and a boy."

The doctor always had suspected that the king and duke were frauds, but couldn't convince the townspeople. When the lawyer asked them to sign a paper to see who is the real Harvey and William, there were excuses made from them. So, Harvey said to describe the tatoo on Peter's body. Harvey said one thing and the king said that there wasn't any tattoo. The townspeople went to the place where Peter was buried and wanted to view the tatoo. Instead of focusing the tattoo, the townspeople were in an uproar to discover $6,000 in gold inside the coffin. During the confusion, Huck has escaped to the raft and met up with Jim.

After reading up to Chapter 31, Huck's relationship with Jim is getting stronger. He wrote a letter to Miss Watson telling her where Jim was located, but Huck makes his decision of what to do and the real evidence of Huck's friendship with Jim is in the following quote: "It was a close place. I took it up, and held it in my hand. I was a-trembling, because I'd got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I knowed it. I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself: "All right, then, I'll go to hell" -- and tore it up.

I have noticed how Huck is involved with death and violence. There are so many places where he has encountered these situations, but Huck is unaware of the pattern. Perhaps, Samuel Clemens wanted the get this point across to the readers and it makes the story more interesting to read and to have more feedback.

I have read Melissa's and Se-Ann's blogs on their views of the novel. Both their presentations in class were insight and has raised good points in class.

In Melissa's presentation, she focused on the symbols of freedom. I agree with her that the river is a major symbol, because Huck feels free when he rides the raft along the river. He doesn't have to listen to anyone :including his pap, the widow, and Miss Watson. He wants to do what he wants. A good example was brought up that Huck and Jim rode down the raft naked. Then, didn't have anyone to stop them, so it feels that they are connected with the river. The river is a feeling of protection. It has kept Jim safe, since he is a runaway slave. He tries to avoid being sold to others. That's why Huck and Jim always hide the raft from everyone, so they can ride down the river later on. They feel it as a security item. Linda brought up a good point on how the story is moving with the river being a central focus on the story.

In Se-Ann's presentation, she talked about freedom and society. It goes along with Melissa's presentation, but some of the material are more in depth. The class had a debate whether or not there are different world views of the children of the past and the children of today. Back then, children were allowed to be free and play around anywhere. Nowadays, children are more restricted and are not allowed to do activities where they are alone. They need constant attention, because of how society is shaped up to be. There are events, such as child abduction going around, so parents are forced to keep an eye out for their kids at all times. The children of today, do not experience freedom as the children of the past did. There were more adventures back then than nowadays.

Dr. Jerz brought up an interesting point. He noticed how Huck and Jim missed the Ohio River, which is the Northern part and is the free states. Since, they missed this route, they continued to go South, which is the Mississippi River. MarkTwain (Samuel Clemens) didn't go to the Northern part, so he decided to make the characters go to the Southern part, since he has rode down this river many times. He knows what to expect down the Mississippi River. For instance, if Samuel Clemens changed the route to the Northern part, then the story would have been different. I viewed this thought very insightful and informative.

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October 21, 2004

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Chapters 1-15)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was written by Mark Twain. So, far I am enjoying the story. It is interesting and I like to read about adventures. I have read "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" when I was younger. It was a good book. I have realized how Tom Sawyer plays an important role in Huck's life. Huck goes out on adventures, because of his role model (Tom). There are some events that I thought Huck was clever, creative, and trustworthy.

In Chapter VII, Huck makes the situation look like that the robbers have broken in the cabin and killed him. He does this by cutting the pig's throat and having the blood trail to the river. He also covers up the hole,with a rock, since he cut it through with a saw. He is a clever boy of 13 or 14 years of age to come up with these plans.

In Chapter XI, Huck disguises himself as a girl and goes into a formerly abandoned shack, where a woman of the age of forty lives. Her name is Mrs. Judith Loftus. At first, Huck creatively tells his story of how he reached to her location. Huck also tells that his name is "Sarah Williams", and then when the woman asked again, he replied "Mary Williams." The woman asked why he had two names, and then Huck covers himself by saying that his full name is "Sarah Mary Williams." After awhile, the woman recognizes that it is a boy and not a girl by the way he threw the lead at the rats. When she asked for his real identity, he said his name is "George Peters" and describes himself as an apprentice to a mean farmer. She lets him go after quizzing him on several farm subjects to make sure he is telling the truth.

In Chapter XVI, Huck thinks about how he helped Jim escaped from Miss Watson. After all, she has done a lot for Huck. He wanted to turn Jim in, but after Jim revealed to him that he is his best friend and is the only one to keep his promise, then Huck became soft-hearted. When two men came upon the raft, in the search for runaway slaves, Huck didn't turn in Jim. He mislead them to a house where he said that his family has smallpox and needs help. The two men didn't want to be contaminated, so they gave Huck twenty dollars and directions on how to get people to help his sick family.

The three presentations made by Erin, Jessica, and Jen were informative and raised good points.

In Erin's presentation, I liked how she analyzed the relationship between Huck and Jim. In Chapter 8, p. 31, it is where Huck is glad that he has encountered Jim on the island. He was getting lonely because he was just gazing at the stars and have no else to talk to. I think Huck does want friendship with Jim and doesn't care if he is a black man. Huck went to school and he is more educated than his father, so he knows the difference between right and wrong thinking. Even when Huck didn't want to tie Jim to a tree, it was because he felt a special bond between him. Although, Huck was tricking Jim at certain times, e.g. fog incident, snake encounterment. He did felt bad afterwards for Jim.

In Jessica's presentation, she talked about freedom. Some of the examples were that he didn't like school, fancy clothes. He prefered to live with his father because there are no rules for him. The reason Huck and Jim went on their journey is because Jim doesn't want to be sold and he wants to go to the free states. For Huck, he doesn't want to go to Widow Douglas nor does he goes to his father. He wants to do what he wants.

In Jen's presentation, she talked about superstitions, for example spilling of the salt and touching snake skin. By touching the snake-skin, it brought back luck, because Jim was bitten by the snake. There other superstitions involved as well, like the Jim's hairball oracle and how he predicts the future. He might have done it to get money from Huck or he might have did it because that is how he believe in things where he came from. I remember another incident where Jim says that by having hairy arms and chest, it will bring riches to oneself. It is interesting how there are numerous predictions if one has something or if one does something.

Here is a link that talks about the early edition of Mark Twain's controversial novel.

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October 12, 2004

Native American Oral Literature

The Killing of Crazy Horse (Context: Crazy Horse)

From my understanding of the story;Crazy Horse is most often remembered as a warrior and leader of warriors, when he rode into battle. He was killed because he didn't do what the commanding general told him to do and that was to plot against the government. When Crazy Horse died, his body was never found. Some say that his parents hid the body somewhere on Pepper Creek.

The quote I found interesting is "When it was day, Crazy Horse's father and mother brought him over to our camp in a wagon. Then they put him in a box, and I heard that they had to cut him in two because the box was not long enough. They fastened the box on a pony drag and went away alone toward the east and north. I saw the two old people going away alone with their son's body. " When I read this quote, I thought to myself; how disgusting and unrespectful to cut up their own son and shove him in a box.

Also, he might have been a hero during battle, but his personal life could have been better. The quote that I am referring to is the following: "He had three wives during the course of his life. The first was Black Buffalo Woman, whom he had loved since boyhood. Though she had married another, she left her husband (a privilege allowed in Lakota tradition) and eloped with Crazy Horse. But her jealous husband followed them and nearly killed Crazy Horse. Black Buffalo Woman finally returned to her husband, mainly to avoid bloodshed among her own people. His second wife was Black Shawl. His third wife was Nellie Laravie (or Larrabee), given to him five months before his death. Of the three, only Black Shawl bore him a child, a daughter. Black Shawl was the wife with whom he lived through much of his adult life; she died in 1920. Their daughter, named They Are Afraid of Her, died at the age of three, probably of cholera."

For further research, I found a similar website that goes into further detail with Crazy Horse's life. I found it on yahoo search.

The Creation of the Whites

In this text, it is describing about Adam and Eve. The creator created the first man and first woman. He told them not to touch or eat the apple. The comparison is going on between the white skinned people and the yellow skinned people. As a result, the yellow skinned people ate the apple and were naked. The white skinned people resisted the temptation and didn't eat the apple. Also, they were fully clothed. When the creator spoke to them, he told the yellow skinned people to go to the forest and eat the animals that live there and use their skins for clothing.

I think the interpretation for this text is that the creator is comparing the yellow-skinned people to animals because that is how they behaved when they disobeyed the creator. So, now they have to live like animals. The creator has given the people complicated human brains and a functionally body, and is above the level of a mere animal. The creator wanted to put those two colored skinned people to the test, to see which one will follow.

How The White Race Came To America And Why The Gaiwiio Became A Neccesity

The main point of this story is when the young man meets "an evil spirit" . The spirit states. "A great reward is yours if you will help me. Here are five things that men and women enjoy; take them to these people and make them as white men are. Then shall you be rich and powerful and you may become the chief of all great preachers here."

The young man opened his bundle of five things and found a flask of rum, a pack of playing cards, a handful of coins, a violin and a decayed leg bone. He wanted to received his greatest reward from the spirit, so they decided to distribute it to the people. However, the spirit revealed that "These cards will make them gamble away their wealth and idle their time; this money wilt make them dishonest and covetous and they will forget their old laws; this fiddle will make them dance with their arms about their wives and bring about a time of tattling and idle gossip; this rum will turn their minds to foolishness and they will barter their country for baubles; then will this secret poison eat the life from their blood and crumble their bones."

After he witnessed all the chaos and craziness from the people, he realized his mistake. Evil was overpowering his judgement. He was selfish and just wanted the riches and didn't think what these five items would do to the others.

Zuni Creation Story

The Genesis of the World or the Begining of Newness

There was nothing in the world. It was filled with emptyness and darkness;but ┴wonawilona created the land, sea, clouds, light, and nature. This text shows the begining of the world's natural creations.

The Genesis of Men and Creatures

The Unripeness and Instability of the Young World

It is stating that the earth is very young, and it is suffering from natural disaster, such as earthquakes and creatures coming out from the underworld and spreading evil everywhere.

The Flood

I thought it was creepy how the young man called for his dead uncle for help, and when he appeared, the young man became his dead uncle. It's the young man's body that was possessed by his dead uncle's spirit.

In conclusion, I really can't compare it to the Genesis due to the fact that I am not at all familar with it. Christianity is not my religion, so I have no idea what to compare. I can only interpret and give my opinions on the text.

In Depth Class Dicussion

In class we discussed about "The Creation" story. In this story the ribs of Adam and Eve are switched. The Genesis presents "Garden of Eden" in a few ways including:

1. Living in harmony with nature
2. No shame
3. Never worries
4. Instant gratification
5. Direct intimate connection with God

The serpent told Adam and Eve to eat the appple and you will be like God. This was the only request God told them not to do; however both of them ate the apple. Their sin is the disobediance of God. This in text, both of them are with clothes. In the Genesis, they were created naked. And the transgessors are punished by taking away their clothes. You can see the difference in all three situations.

In the readings of Native American Literature, the Native Americans heard stories by the white Southerns. The Native Americans required help from the white people. They didn't want the white people to have the attitude "I'm better than you". They need to learn from one another and work together. This is a type of separation of culture. In western myths, it talks about dark colored people, and how they are viewed negatively. For example, it was the "yellow skinned" people who disobeyed and were portrayed as "evil." The white skinned skinned were obeying and were portrayed as "good." You could see how the colored people like the Native Americans were not accepted into society.

By comparing the "Crazy Horse" vs. "The Killing of Crazy Horse", there are similarities and differences in these stories. In Crazy Horse, it stated that he resisted attempt of plotting against the government and a guard stabbed him. In the killing of Crazy Horse, he died in a different way and didn't plot aganist the government. The point of view of this paragraph: ..."Unfortunately, those victories served only to motivate the army to step it's campaigns..." You can tell that the author is biased in favero of North American Indians. Also, this battle had three different names. First, "Custard's Last Stand", then the "Battle of Little Bighorn", and finally "Greasy Grass."

In the reading that deals with the young man and the five items, it shows the "weakness" of charcater that lead down to Native American culture, due to the whites. The white men come with temptations, just like in the story with the apple. The white skinned people were tempted to eat the apple, but didn't.

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October 11, 2004

Bierce's "The Devil's Dictionary"

Ambrose Bierce did "The Devil's Dictionary" and it has a cynical word association. I want to reflect on Amanda's presentation; she stated that Bierce "poked" fun of women. I think it is true, if you look at the pattern. She found certain words towards women to be negative, and it's not just one, it's many words. At first, I just thought it's just a cynical way of interpreting words, and viewing them literally of what it means. It makes sense to me; if a person looks deeply inside of the text that he is sending out some sort of message aganist women.

For Diana's presentation, I didn't even know that religion played a major role. It was an interesting fact. I liked how she defined certain words that went along with her presentation. It was very informative.

In the beginning, when I first thought heard about this text, I thought Bierce wrote about bad words and bad thoughts; however this was not the case. Bierce wrote about various types of words, from the word abodomen up to the word zany. I have to admit, it was creative for him to come up with these meanings.

There was a huge debate whether or not this holds true, because both sides seem to be right to me. However, perhaps this is how Bierce viewed women because women were treated negatively and unfairly during those times. In my opinion, when I read this text, I thought it was funny and entertaining for awhile, but after reading word after word, it was getting boring. If you could compare to www.dictionary.com you can see the difference in Bierce's definitions and the actual definitions.

The words that I thought were funny are the following:

Certain primal powers of Tyrant Woman wherewith she holds dominion over the male of her species, binding him to the service of her will and paralyzing his rebellious energies.

VOTE, n.
The instrument and symbol of a freeman's power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.

TWICE, adv.
Once too often.

A familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man's head.

A tyrant's authority for crime and fool's excuse for failure.

FAMOUS, adj.
Conspicuously miserable.

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October 07, 2004

Portfolio #1

For American Literature I, it is required to submit all the work a student does through a web portfolio. There are several stories discussed in the portfolio, such as Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven", Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter", Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge", Herman Melville's "Bartleby: The Scrivener", and much more.

Coverage: This category contains all blogs on the major literary works studied in class.

Bartleby:The Scrivener
An Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge
The Scarlet Letter (Chapters 1-9)
The Second Half of the Scarlet Letter
Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven"
Review of Poetry Slam
Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Self Reliance"
Wildcard (This is my personal blog entry on my trip to Pakistan)

Depth: These entries are more detailed, in order to anaylze the texts.

Review of Poetry Slam
Emerson's "Self Reliance"
The Second Half of Scarlet Letter

Interaction: These blogs are used for interaction with peers. Students give their opinion or they either agree or disagree with your statement.

Emerson's "Self-Reliance
My Trip To Pakistan
Melville's "Bartleby:The Scrivener"

Discussion: In these entries, students are engaged in conversations associating with the specific topic.

Emerson's "Self-Reliance"
Melville's "Bartleby:The Scrivener"
Relationship with Hester and Pearl in Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter"

Xenoblogging: This interesting word, which means that the blogger has commented on other students' work. The following are the list of students, which the blogger has commented on them.

Shanna DeFrances
Sarah Elwood
Linda Fondrk
Melissa Hagg
Stephan Puff

Wildcard: This entry just tells something unique about the blogger. I have become comfortable as a weblogger, so I have included some additional websites within this text, that you might find interesting.

My Trip To Pakistan

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October 04, 2004

My Trip To Pakistan

I remembered the time my family and I went to Pakistan in December 2002. I didn't visit the country, ever since I was in 5th grade, so naturally, I was excited. My grandparents live in Karachi, so we stayed at their house. We also visited many of my relatives. It took us 16 hours to reach Karachi, Pakistan. We went during my winter break.

Some fun things that I recalled was when my grandfather picked mangos from the tree that was located on the roof. We drank fresh mango juice every day at breakfast. Also, coconuts were knocked down by a hook, and when they fell to the ground it didn't break. An ax was used to chop the outer covering of the coconut.

We checked out the local shopping mall. It is four or five floors high and the windows were made of glass, so people can see the wonderful view. There were numerous stores, such as food, music, clothing, jewelry, etc.

My favorite place to visit was Clifton Beach. It is a popular place to have picnics, go to concerts, or just to relax. I loved how seagulls hovered in the air and the lake was shimmering under the sun. People just walk on the boardwalk to view the sunset.

If we ever get bored around the house, we always went up to the terrace. From this view, you could see all the houses and what the neighborhood kids are doing. The terrace is used for washing and drying clothes, but you can also gaze at the stars in the night. People have this type of structure, because it is hot all year round.

I was amazed to see a huge McDonald's restaurant. It is very spacious and it allows the kids to play in the play area. There is also Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Chinese food available for the public. Like in the U.S., teenagers usually work in these restaurants.

There are many different kinds of food we ate. There were a variety of foods that were served to family throughout the day. My grandmother made sure we eat plenty of food. Sometimes, we eat out, but usually we ate what my grandmother cooks. She is a terrific cook. Usually, I eat only breakfast and dinner, but over there, I ate 3 times a day, plus snacks. It was great!!

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Emerson's "Self-Reliance"

Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay elaborates further on the familiar Emersonian thesis - trust yourself. Twentieth-century Americans have frequently looked to Europe for cultural leadership, to learn what is "modern" and "progressive." In the 19th-century, however, Americans often saw themselves as the leaders of modernity and progress. Rather than critizing their countrymen for their unusually individualistic attitudes, a number of American thinkers eloquently viewed down upon their country for not being individualistic enough.

Like many social critics, Emerson faults others for failing to live up to and appreciate the importance of their own ideals, giving modern readers a remarkable perspective on 19th-century American culture. Note, that Emerson defends the personality traits that every creative human being must possess. A conformist merely repeats the techniques discovered by earlier innovators, but a creator boldly claims that he can do something better than everyone else preceding him. A creator is essentially someone who doubts the alleged wisdom of the status quo, and who has the courage to think matters through for himself.

A quote that I found interesting would be "Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string." I think Emerson believes to trust yourself, and everyone has his or her own personality, so by doing even the smallest tasks, you can still be true to yourself.

Emerson's individualism was uncommon even in his own time. Yet, he gave intellectual definition to a diffuse cultural tendency in need of a spokesman. Nineteenth-century Americans earned the world's respect with their business talent and inventiveness, but from the start world opinion berated them for their individualistic attitudes. What Emerson said to the world, in effect, was that individualism was the virtue that made Americans' - and all other - achievement possible.

"You may fulfil your round of duties by clearing yourself in the direct, or in the reflex way. Consider whether you have satisfied your relations to father, mother, cousin, neighbor, town, cat and dog; whether any of these can upbraid you. " This quote means to spend as much time with your love ones. Make sure there isn't any misunderstanding between your family, because you can suffer emotionally.

It is easy to see that a greater self-reliance - a new respect for the divinity in man - must work a revolution in all the offices and relations of men; in their religion; in their education; in their pursuits; their modes of living; their association; in their property; in their speculative views.

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October 02, 2004

Review of Poetry Slam

Overall, I think this was unique way of expressing poetry, so that the audience can the get feeling of how the character acted during that time span. A lot of people did a great job by showing their emotions, using hand gestures, and moving around the room. By observing how they presented, I understood what things I could do to improve for next time.

There are some presenters that I would like to comment. I really enjoyed Se-Ann Willam's presentation. She did a variety of voice changes that was suitable to the story, and she moved around the room, so the other classmates could view her. Also, the way she raised and lowered her voice was also appropriate for the story. Melissa Hagg also did a wonderful job presenting her poem "For Annie" by Poe. It was interesting how she analyzed the character in depth and told the story in Poe's point of view. I liked how she emphasized some the words in the story to get the point across. Finally, I would like to comment on Shanna DeFrances' poem. She performed very well. I liked how she brought in a rock, so that she could focus her emotions on the rock. She not only talked with the rock, she also had eye contact with the audience when she told the story. Everything was perfect in this presentation. She fulfilled all the requirements.

In conclusion, I hope that I can improve on my poetry presentation by getting some tips from other students. Also, I hope it will be less hectic, since papers will flying everywhere by returning it to the students. It should be more organized, so that everything can go with the flow.

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