December 01, 2004

Cover Entry

These are the links to my participation in the Portfolio #2 due for Lit. class:

Coverage:

North American Literature

The Devil's Dictionary

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Depth:
John Henry

Richard Corey

The Yellow Wallpaper


Comments and Discussion:

Linda's Blog

Katie L's Blog

Katie A's Blog:

Se-Ann's Blog:

Wild Card

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This Yellow Wallpaper Thing is Difficult...

The Yellow Wallpaper - ahh, what is there to say about it? Hrm, only that it was probably one of the BEST things we have read in Lit class this semester. But what is there to say about this story?

Linda brings up a striking conversation about the main narrator of the story suffereing from post-partum depression. However, I did my research paper on this and ALMOST swung in the direstion of what type of depression did the narrator have. I steered clear of that topic but I think I'll rant about it on here.

I do not feel that there is adequate enough information to pass judgement on ANY type of depression that the narrator may have suffered from. There just isn't enough evidence or claims made in the story. Sure she just had a baby, sure she started to go down hill from there, but does that necessarily mean she has post-partum depression? There are many different types of depression and mental illness out there - and believe me, sometimes they take forever to find the right and truely correct diagnosis for the person suffering from it too.

I think, and if I had to make my own opinion on this like Linda has, I would have to go with psychotic depression. The narrator suffers from severe depressed feelings and even goes so far as to hallucinate images from the yellow wallpaper. That in itself is what I believe to be far beyond what normal women suffering from post-partum depression would experience.

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Oh Mr. Corey, I Feel Sorry for You! =(

Of the Folklore selections that we had to read for my Lit class, I found Richard Corey by Edwin Arlington Robinson to be the best one by far. Perhaps this is because I have such a morbid, dark preferance in writing styles.

From what I interpreted of the poem, Richard Corey is a well known, well established man of the town.

The first stanza talks about Richard Corey entering the town. The people look at him in awe. He is quite a gentleman from his feet to his crown. He was very clean and apparently his body type was slim.

The second stanza talk more in depth about Richard Corey's personality. He was quiet at glance, almost as if he wasn't human. The human side of him came out however when he did speak. He fluttered the pulses of the townspeople with a simple greeting as "Good morning." When he walked by, his presence was so overwhelming it was comparing to leaving a trail of glitter and majestic sparkle.

The third stanza touches on Richard Corey's wealth. He was richer than most and even richer than Kings. He was well educated, graceful, and respectful. The whole town thought that Richard Corey had EVERYTHING they ever wanted, so much that they sometimes wished they were him.

The last stanza is the closing stanza. The people express that they are tired of their work filled lives - they go without meat and curse the bread they do eat - they wait for the light of change to make things better for them. On the other hand, Richard Corey went home one Summer night and shot himself in the head.

I REALLY like this poem cuz it is the typical "look beyond what is there" perception of people. Richard Corey may have had it all to everyone else but to him, he must have had nothing all for he commited suicide. GREAT literary work in my eyes, flows nice, has a moral story to it, and makes the reader think.

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The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn aka "Tom Sawyer Was a Pompous Ass"

Forgive the swear word in the title of this blog entry but when little children who get on my nerves (especially around this time of the year) they deserve public humiliation.

Ok ok, so maybe Tom Sawyer of the book Huckleberry Finn was truely fictional but he was still a little piece of shit that as Katie mentioned "needs to be beaten."

First and foremost - - when I don't like something, especially Literature, I'm pretty blunt and I'll rant and complain about it on here. I may have been an English major in the past (now Communication major) but I don't care for Literature and sorry, I didn't care for this book. Not only was it boring and dropped the infamous "nigger" word about 5 gazillion times, but it WAS a waste of time - atleast in my eyes. I didn't care about the "adventures" of Huck?!?! And I surely DID NOT care about the bratty, "hey I'll torture you with my crappy tricks" Tom Sawyer. I think both Tom Sawyer AND Huck Finn deserved a beating. So I agree with you Katie, Tom Sawyer did deserve a beating and if however possible I would have done it swiftly across his bum with a copy of this book.

A prime example would probably be in the near end chapters of this book when the three boys were trying to escape from the shed and Tom was coming up with the most ridiculous ideas to get them out. First he starts by saying that they must saw Jim's chain off of the bed instead of simply lifting it of the bed's framework. In addition they should include Jim's shirt that has his "journal" on it - mind you written with his own blood. Lastly, a nice finishing touch would be to saw Jim's leg off to get him out of the chains. Come on now?!?!? Sick, morbid kids these boys are! All of these examples can be found in Chapter XXXV.

Earlier in the book, before Huck sent out on his adventure, the boys were part of a club that met in the nights. Tom and Huck concocted the idea to kill and rob people - - just another example of how bratty I think these kids are. And who was the master, the head, and the leader, Mr. Tom Sawyer!

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Native American What?

Sorry to the Native Americans that may have a deep appreciation for their works of art - but I just did not care for it, or atleast could not get into it as much as I may have with other works of Literature. For Lit. we had to read some Native American Oral Literature.

The first was "The Killing of Crazy Horse."
From what I gathered about this reading, a great warrior named Crazy Horse was injured and killed after he disobeyed the general's demands to join in on a plot against the government. His body was never found but believed to have been buried along a place called Pepper Creek.

As far as The Creation of the Whites was concerned, I found it to be easier to read and almost narrative like. A young man is confronted by an evil spirit. The evil sprit tells the man that a great reward will be offered to him if he delivers the following 5 things to the white men - these 5 things in which they enjoy (rum, playing cards, a handful of coins, a violin, and a decayed bone of a leg). The young man opened the sack with the 5 things in it and witnessed all the evils that become of people with these "riches" and he realized his mistake of wanting power and the riches.

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