April 2008 Archives
"VIVIAN: ...I have been asked 'How are you feeling today?' while I was throwing up into a plastic washbasin. I have been asked as I was emerging from a four hour operation with a tube in every orifice, 'How are you feeling today?' I am waiting for the moment when someone asks me this question and I am dead" (Edson, 5).
This passage stood out to me because it it just so true. I hate when people ask "how are you" but then keep on walking and don't even care to hear your response. It's so annoying. If you see someone you know, it's nice to say hi, but don't ask how they're doing if you really don't care and are just thinking of something to say. I understand that some people do it because they think it's what is polite, but they're just contradicting themselves when they say that and don't really listen for an answer. They just assume people will say "good." And that's what most people do say, because they know that it's just to make things less awkward, so they know they're not really wondering how they're feeling. I obviously have no problem when people ask this sincerely, but it's very annoying when people ask this and don't listen for an answer. It's almost like they use it as another way to say hi. This passage also stood out to me because I like the sense of humor, the sarcasm.
"Perhaps it's called the end of the world because it's the end of the games, because I can go to one of the villages and become one of the little boys working and playing there, with nothing to kill and nothing to kill me, just living"(Card, 74).
Ender is truly a little boy living in fear and with a constant need to defend himself. I don't think he ever has a chance to just be alone and focus on his own needs. Having a violent older brother and being made to think as though he is this tough kid, well, how is he supposed to do this? He thinks of solving things as killing them. He's been praised for it. He got into the school for it! He cannot imagine life just being simple, without obstacles to face and things to kill. That's life to him because that's how he interpreted the sign "the end of the world." He probably doesn't even know how to just live. It's very sad. His innocence was taken so early and it probably won't come back.
"They might even hit him now -- no one could see them anymore, and so no one would come to Ender's rescue. There were advantages to the monitor, and he would miss them" (Card, 6).
When anyone is being taken care of or catered to in some way that is necessary or unnecesary, we become so used to that, and don't want to break out on our own due to fear. Andrew is scared because he knows he's independent now. I think this quote shows his fear, but it also shows his acceptance, because he says he would miss them, so he realizes that he doesn't have the monitor anymore, that it is something in his past. Andrew doesn't know anything else, so it's scary, but I think it will be easier for him because of his young age.
"Your professor already knows what's in the assigned readings. Unlike high school, where you got credit for proving to your teacher that you actually did the assigned readings, in college, the assigned readings are not nearly important as what you do with them"
In high school, I remember being so nervous if I didn't finish an assigned reading because I feared not knowing who exactly did what in the novel when I was called upon by the teacher. I like that now what I read is for my benefit and how I apply it to my homework and papers. Now, we're focused more on higher level thinking, whereas in high school, it was all about memorization.
Well, we’re more than halfway done with the Spring Semester and I must say that I have enjoyed my Introduction to Literary Study course. Of course, there were some negative aspects, but overall, I have positive feelings toward this course. Below are my blog entries that covered coverage, timeliness, depth, interaction, and discussion. Enjoy!
So Much More - I included a link in this blog that goes back to the page on the course website about this particular assigned reading.
Lost Souls - this blog was about the article on the Misft in Flannery O’ Connor’s short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” I wrote this early because I enjoyed the article a lot and wanted my ideas to get out there sooner than later so my fellow classmates could read them.
Pain is Always Too Real - in this blog, I went into depth because I was relating my own personal experience to the boy’s situation in Flannery O’Connor’s “The River.”
Always Unsatisfied with that Burning Desire - in this blog, I referred to what I have been learning in my Faith, Religion, and Society class, which is how we are born with a fire that drives us to do something, which is our spirituality.
Lifelong Learning - this blog shows depth because I talked about how I want to be a teacher and how much I like to learn
Small Job=Big Appreciation - this blog shows depth because I explained why low wage jobs should earn just as much respect as those that require college degrees.
You’re Simple - this blog shows depth because I referred to modern day usage of the word “simple.”
Cocky Much? - this blog shows depth because I questioned the author Truss’ intention of her book “Eats, Shoots, and Leaves.”
Why? It’s Obvious - this blog shows depth because I gave specific examples as to why I thought that the apostrophe is misused.
Pathetic? - this blog shows depth because I wrote about my personal confusion with this term.
Foreshadowing and Characterization in “A Good Man is Hard to Find” - this blog was written by Erica Gearheart, and I commented on how well she analyzed the title of this short story by Flannery O’Connor.
"In describing a poem's meter, one needs to name the prevailing metrical foot and to specify the number of feet in each line" (Hamilton, 200).
This confused me because I don't understand how you would be able to tell the number of feet. I know Hamilton gave examples, but they didn't show how it was done.
We were so young when we met, just sixteen
Didn't know where I was going from there
Butterflies, shakes, first kisses, and dances
Reminders of those early days with him
Time went by, my heart grew fond, I felt trapped
Because he threw a curveball to my life
His attitude changed, I felt sad, confused
One summer we went away and love won
Every piece of suffering is old now
This love is real, eternal, and all mine
"Hitherto I have recorded in detail the events of my insignificant existence; to the first ten years of my life, I have given almost as many chapters"(Hamilton 171).
This was an example of Narrative Pace. It's from Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. I think the reason Hamilton used this example is because it paints the picture right there for you that the voice is skipping over something, in other words, omitting the next phase in her life, and moving to the next. It was a good example, but I think Hamilton should have used another that wasn't so straightforward. I think she should have also used an example that made the reader figure out on their own what was being talked about, and what is going to be omitted, and what might happen next.
"If only we hadn't started reading quietly to ourselves. Everything was so simple at the start, before grammar came along and ruined things" (Truss, 71).
I think this passage shows the importance of grammar. Without correct grammar, when we read, they automatically don't make sense. So, we made things up in order to make it make sense. I'm not sure as to whether her saying "grammar came along and ruined things" is sarcastic or not because she gets upset at people who use it incorrectly, but she also praises it.
"What happened to punctuation? Why is it so disregarded when it is self-evidently so useful in preventing enormous mix-ups?" (Truss, 13).
People who use poor punctuation definitely do not get things communicated as well because they may mean to write in the singular sense, but they write in plural and therefore, cause confusion. It's pretty obvious what is wrong with puncutation: people either just don't care, they are uneducated, or high-tech society of instant messaging and text messaging has corrupted minds. The only thing that can solve this problem is to continue stressing the importance of correct punctuation and what it can cause if it is incorrect.
The old man smiled absently. 'He came to redeem us,' he said and blandly reached for her hand and shook it and said he must go" (O'Connor 239-240).
I saw that Kaitlyn and I had this same quote and I feel very similar to how she feels about it. Mrs. McIntyre is having trouble firing Mr. Guizac because I think deep down she knows it is immoral. I think she wants to fire him, but just can't do it. She wants someone to tell her that this decision is wrong. An example of this is when she thinks of little things that he does wrong and then tells the priest.
"As we shall see, the tractable apostrophe has always done its proper jobs in our language with enthusiasm and elegance, but it has never been taken seriously enough" (36).
I think Truss is being too general when she says that the apostrophe has "never" been taken seriously. I feel like she's coming off like she's so smart about grammar and everybody else is just dumb about it.