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February 27, 2006

The Watch Guard of Peace Time

Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925) -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

"So I walked away and left him standing there in the moonlight - watching over nothing." (p. 145)

Jay Gatsby is one of my favorite characters of all time. The mystique of Gatsby that is there throughout chapters 1-3 and then somewhat there in 4-6 is the best part of The Great Gatsby. I don't think any of the decisions Gatsby makes make him less of a man. He loved Daisy with everything in him, all he wanted to do was protect her. I think Tom and Daisy are the most despicable. I still think he is the Great Gatsby

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February 23, 2006

Blogging Portfolio 1 for EL267

Coverage

"I'm (The Great) Gatsby"
This blog is for chapters 1-3 of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald - Master of Imagery
This blog is for chapters 4-6 of F. Scott Fitzgearld's The Great Gatsby

The Watch Guard of Peace Time
This blog is for chapters 7-9 of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

Dear Fat Stevens
This blog is for the section on Wallace Stevens.

The Impulsive World
This blog is on Elmer L. Rice's The Adding Machine

Judith Oster's "'On Desert Places'"
This blog is about Judith Oster's essay of Robert Frost's On Desert Places

Depth

Closed Case?
This is about Susan Glaspell's Trifles, one of my favorite one act plays.

My Own America
Our book Six American Poets stated that William Carlos Williams connects with the younger crowd and I found that I could identify with him easily.

Frost "Mending Wall" and "After Apple-Picking"
I had never read "Mending Wall" before and I felt that I really understood it well.

Interaction

Comment on Matt's blog
Matt always has great agenda items that result in great discussions.

Comment on Shanelle's blog
Shanelle brings up a great point on Glaspell's Trifles.

Discussions

Closed Case?
This blog turned out to be a great discussion on Glaspell's Trifles

F. Scott Fitzgerald - Master of Imagery
This was a great discussion on the Imagery in The Great Gatsby

Timeliness

The Impulsive World
This is on Elmer L. Rice's The Adding Machine.

Judith Oster "On 'Desert Places'"
Wasn't the most insightful of blogs but was on time.

F. Scott Fitzgerald - Master of Imagery
I posted this two days early and ended up with a great discussion.

Xenoblogging

Comment on Matt's blog
The great discussion that was on this blog made everyone involved understand the play better I think.

Wildcard

New Age Writing
Reading Lehman's "The World Trade Center" sparked a thought in me.

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February 21, 2006

F. Scott Fitzgerald - Master of Imagery

Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925) -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

"I was reminded of something - an elusive rhythm, a fragment of lost words, that I had heard somewhere a long time ago. For a moment a phrase tried to take shape in my mouth and my lips parted like a dumb man's, as though there was more struggling upon them than a wisp of startled air. But they made no sound, and what I had almost remembered was uncommunicable forever." (111)

Up until the end of chapter 6 the love Gatsby has for Dasiy is only understood. The flashback (if you can call it that) that Nick tells of the two shows this love. It is an amazing thing to have a love that is so strong that every "important" thought is forgot. I've never read a passage in any novel, drama, or poem that has better captured that moment.

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February 20, 2006

"I'm (The Great) Gatsby"

Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925) -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

"I'm Gatsby," he said suddenly.
"What!" I exclaimed. "Oh, I beg your pardon." (p. 48)

Finally we find out who this legend of a man is. Gatsby seems to me to be what every man dreams he can be one day. Rich, powerful, and has plenty of toys (hydroplane, my personal favorite). Gatsby is a definite connoisseur of life. He is an expert of living life to the fullest. I really like this book so far.

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February 15, 2006

My Own America

William Carlos Williams -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

"'I felt from the earliest childhood that Ameria was the only home I could ever call my own. I felt it was expressly founded for me...'"

I think that this is a feeling that more and more citizens are beginning to have because many are from "mixed race" backgrounds, I know I feel the same way as Williams. I think that I know where he is coming from so I think I can understand and feel his poems more than I could Stevens. On an ending note: his mother's name is really long (Raquel Helene Rose Hobeb Williams).

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February 13, 2006

Dear fat Stevens

Wallace Stevens -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

"...though they will frustrate anyone looking for literal meanings."

I agree with Shanelle that I am somewhat lost reading Stevens work. I like to find some meaning in what I am reading. If there is no meaning what purpose does it have of ever being written in the first place? I enjoy Stevens poems but I really don't understand his words.

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February 8, 2006

The Impulsive World

Rice, The Adding Machine (1923) -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

Zero: I wonder if I could kill the wife without anyone findin' out. In bed some night. With a pillow.

Zero later goes on to say, "I'd get found out though. They always have ways." This is the first time we learn of his homicidal thoughts but yet logic keeps control of his mind and he realizes that he would be caught. This shows that the decision to kill his boss is purely on impulse.

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