Welcome back, everyone! The end of the semester is quickly approaching, meaning that this is the last portfolio assignment for my English Literature class. Akin to the first two portfolio assignments, I will categorize my blogs into the following: depth, interaction, discussion, timeliness, and coverage. Once again, I encourage everyone to leave me a comment. If you wish to comment on a specific blog entry, you may following the link that you wish to comment on, and it will bring you to that particular blog. Enjoy
DEPTH: Blogs placed in this category were entries about passages in certain texts that I felt implemented an in-depth approach to analyzing and interpreting the text. The first blog, I discussed the deja-vu-like essence to the repetitiveness of the novel Catch-22. I elaborated by saying that the author has incorporated such repetition to give the reader a taste of the confusion that the characters are experiencing. The second blog that fits under this classification is from Resurrection Blues. I pointed out the way in which Skip and Emily remember the beautiful places that they have travelled by the superficial commercials of which they have filmed in these particular places. The next blog was inspired by The Hunger Games (ps. I absolutely recommend this book! I can’t wait to complete the trilogy!). In this blog, I detected a certain theme: appearance. I also raised the question of how these appearances are going to change the characters. The last blog connected a chapter about irony from the Foster reading to The Hunger Games. I illuminated the irony of Katniss going from working and hunting for every morsel of food to a life where food is presented to her with the push of a button.
INTERACTION: This area of the portfolio asks for blogs that were inspired by the ideas’ of classmates. It’s interesting that the only blog that I feel is appropriate for this category is titled: Miscommunication. In this blog, I had said that Catch-22 is about irony, when Greg had pointed out that it is not; what transpires in the novel is what we expect. I was mistaking irony for comedy.
DISCUSSION: The discussion aspect of the portfolio deals with the blogs that initiated discussion among my peers. The first blog questioned the sincerity of Peeta’s love for Katniss in The Hunger Games. Some of my classmates agreed that Peeta is sincere; some of my classmates agreed that Peeta is not sincere; some of my classmates agreed that they are not sure whether or not Peeta is sincere, and that they need to read the next two books before forming a solid opinion. The second blog that belongs in this category was about the last chapter of the Foster text. My classmates and I agreed that Foster ended the book in a modest fashion, and that he was effective in doing so.
TIMELINESS: These next two blogs are put into the timeliness category to show my professor that they were posted on time. The first blog includes a passage involving the chaplain from Catch-22, and the second blog deals with The Hunger Games.
COVERAGE: Similar to timeliness area, coverage basically shows that I have completed all of my blogging requirements. The first blog followed up with a reflection from our “Poetry Cover Slam” activity that took place in class. The second blog was about another class activity dealing with peer reviewing papers.