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February 22, 2007

Such Happy Thoughts

Poetry Selections -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings."

It is amazing how optomistic all these poems were. I really didn't like any of them, probably for that reason. I'm not sure I found purpose in any. If everyone were all "happy as kings" then I'm not too sure anything would ever be done in the world. Never being satisfied is what drives people to do things, but that could a problem as well.

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February 18, 2007

Animal Survival

London, ''To Build a Fire'' -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"Then it turned and trotted up the trail in the direction of the camp it knew, where were the other food-providers and fire-providers."

This story is haunting, it reminds you that animals are sometimes more adapted to survive in the wild. That when humans travel in to such conditions that we are now in their territory. It gives you a sense of respect for the wild, and is very humbling. Humans feel like they are superior to all, Jack London always reminds us that sometimes we're not.

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February 2, 2007

Thank You, Juvenal

Hamilton, Essential Literary Terms (1-31) -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"Juvenalian satire...is hash and censorious, bitterly condemning vices and foibles and inciting the audience to feelings of indignation and even disgust." (p. 22)

Satire is one of my favorite forms of literature, but after reading this chapter I realized that Juvenalian satire is my favorite form of satire. This section also reminded me of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. This is an excellent book about opposing censorship and Fascist ideals. Bradbury uses this style to make you feel outrage but yet instill fear of what might become of mankind.

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February 1, 2007

A Good Man is Easy to Kill

O'Connor, ''A Good Man is Hard to Find'' -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"Listen," the grandmother almost screamed, "I know you're a good man. You don't look like you have a bit of common blood. I know you must come from good people." p. 15

The willingness for the grandmother to try to find the good in this man who she has just realized is an escaped criminal is incredible. This is what is interesting in O'Connor she always seems to make you know and understand the people you are supposed to hate. The grandmother realizes that they most likely won't live but yet she is trying to get to know the Misfit. Yet the Misfit and his accomplice's still go on to kill a family of basically good people. It is pretty easy to see that this family did not deserve to meet the end that they do.

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