March 25, 2008

The Displaced Person ........

After reading the short story "The Displaced Person" by flannery O'Connor I was sort of confused and I had a lot of questions as well. The mail thing was at the beginging of the story, the first thing you read is a woman of the country who has a peacock following her. On my first thoughts I was like what the heck, why is a peacock following her if she is living in the country. It made absolutley no sense to me at all and I read the story the rest of the way and I sort of got it nto really . Flannery O'Connor really does write some weird stuff, not gonna lie, but she does. Its weird in a good way though casue it keeps the readers attention throughout the whole time.

March 4, 2008

Epiphany.....(Hamilton 98-111)

"Epiphany: a sudden, overwhelming insight or revelation evoked by a commonplace object or a scene in a poem or a work of fiction." (Hamilton)

I saw this and thought to myself, hey, thats my favorite word lol Every time I hear or see the word Epiphany I think of my church and the celebration of an Epiphany of our lord and I think of Egypt too, and I dont know why lol. I just think it funny how a word can spark something that you would never expect it to spark in your mind lol.

March 2, 2008

This explains what being a teacher is all about.........(Lemire Pg. 23)

"To some of your students, whether you asked for the job or not, you are also a surrogate father or mother" (Lemire 23).

This quote has become a favorite quote for me and is something I believe to be very true as well because as a teacher, yes you are there to educate the children, but you also have to look after there well being while thye are in the school building which is like being a surrogate mother or father (depending on your gender) to them as well. Teachers are more then just professionals who pass along the required info to thier students, they are also mentors (being a motherly or fatherly figure as well).

I plan on teaching 3rd grade, and at that age, they think the world of their teachers. I dont know if any of you have ever had a talk with a 3rd grade child after school, but all they talk about is their teacher, and its always "my teacher said this" "my teacher did that" most children, especially the younger ones look up to their teachers for advice and I feel that all of this is like being a surrogate mother or father to the students you teach.

Being a teacher is great, but if you can be that teacher who teaches the students as a teacher and surrogate mother or father then you know you can really do your job.

February 27, 2008

"The River"...........(Flannery O'Connor)

After reading Flannery O'Connor "The River", I thought about what the story meant to me and basically I kept thinking about one thing .....God. As crazy as that sounds, I feel that in this story, Flannery O'Connor was trying to make a point that the only value in life at this time period was to have the grace of god in your life. There are references to god all through "The River" and to me it seems more like a reference then anything else, in my opinion I feel that this could also be tru for today as well. Having god, the grace of god, in your life is an important stress reliever and a good way to get you through hard times. As said by one student at the praise and worship meeting, we need to "let god be incontroll of our lives" and ""don't ask how can I do this, let god help you he wants to be there beside you in everything". God was a big part of life then and he is still a big part of life now and with the two comparisons above thats plain and easy to see.

Allusion........(Hamilton Pg 74)

"An allusion is a passing reference in a work of literature to another literary or historical work, figure, or event, or to a literary passage" (Hamilton 74).

Whenever we were studing what Allusions were in my High School English Class, I never understood what my teacher was trying to say. I read the definition of "Allusion" in Hamiltons book, and I understand it clear as day. I dont know if its because of the wording or if my mind developed more over the years, but I really like hamiltons book because I understand the definition, its not put into terms i cannot understand and I like that.

Flannery O'Connor may be my new favorite author lol.......(O'Connor, The River Pg 33)

"His face was all bone and the red light reflected from the river" (O'Connor "The River" pg. 33).

Whenever I read this line I was like o here we go again another twisted story about murder, but as I read on I was like ok so maybe its not twisted, and maybe I actually like it.........Ok I started to get freaked out I was actually reading something for an English class and I liked

I enjoyed this short story very much as well as others by Flannery O'Connor. I have read some of her other short stories as well as this one and she is a very good writer. I realy like her style she uses in her writing, I am not sure what it is because, obviously I am not her and I very well cant call her and ask lol, so even though I dont know what style she uses exactly, I know theres one there in her writing and I really enjoy reading her short stories because of it.

Irony.........(Hamilton Pg. 44)

"Irony is the broadest class of figures of thought that depend on presenting a deliberate contrast between two levels of meaning" (Hamilton Pg. 44)

After reading the definition for Irony, I thought to myself, wow thats a mouthfull, now only if I oculd understand it lol. I am sure I understand it in a mental sense but in what I like to call, "Language sense", I don't get it at all lol. This definitoin is like this is this and blah blah blah and I felt like it was continous and never ending. I usually like gettin a simple definiton for things but sometimes you have to go beyond the simple aspect of things and dig deep to find what you are looking for and thats what these definitions make you do, they make you think so that you actually have to try and actually have to comprehend whats going on so you learn you just dont read it and say ok you read it think about what you read and you learn and thats something that I found hard to do at first but I LEARNED its what education is all about.

February 24, 2008

This was funny....... I Laughed (Shakesphere Act 5)

Falstaff: I do begin to perceive that I am made into an ass.
Ford: Ay, and an ox too: both the proofs are extant.
(Shakespeare Act 5)

I thought it was really funny the way that Falstaff said "I begin to percieve that I am made into an ass" like who says that hahaha. It was too funny I liked it made me smile.

February 21, 2008

"Shallow How Now........" (MWW Act 3)

"Shallow how now, master Parson. Good Morrow, Sir Hugh. Keep a gamester from his dice, and a good student from his book, and it is wonderful.” (MWW Act 3)

I choose this particular piece out of MWW because I understand where Sir Hugh is comming from, but you cant really stop somone from doing what they want. Sir Hugh seems to be a controling person, at least in my perspective, from what I have seen anyway. My view on him may change as the story progress, but for now I am thinking he is a "control freak" :)

I actually understand.............(John Donne Sonnet, Go and catch a falling star)

"Though she were true, when you met her,
And last, till you write your letter,
Yet she
Will be
False, ere I come, to two or three." (John Donne Sonnet)

I read this line in the sonnet, and thought to myself wow I get it lol. I actually found a sonnet that I can read and understand so far which amazes me entirley lol.

I really liked this line because it had significance to me. There is a reason it is in the sonnet, I don't know the "reason", but I think its there to show that there is a definite ending. If you read this line it doesnt leave you hanging like others. It ends with a finality about it. You know what happens, it doesnt make you think what happens after that or next. It just happens.