AndrewAdams: April 2009 Archives

Not getting to the point

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"Henri. inhales, exhales: Let me tell you what's on my...
Felix, now a certain anxiety beings to seep out more openly: Yes! Go ahead, what is it?...Isn't that cap too hot?
Henri: It helps my arthritis." (9)

I enjoy Miller's use of this little play-writing technique that I've often seen. I'm not very familiar with theater, but I mean constantly telling the speaker to speak, but interrupting him while doing so. It just made me want to know what he is talking about, instead of just saying it.

Besides this, I do like how modern everything feels. Felix definitely has a politician kind of vibe with his complete hatred for Henri in private, but puts on a good face and pretends he is his best friend. The first chapter really made me want to keep going.



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"In general, flying is freedom, we might say, freedom from not only from specific circumstances but from those more general burdens that tie us down." (Foster 127).

With all of the airports and superheroes out there, flight does not really seem that big of a deal to us anymore. I do like how some authors turn this concept upside down though. For instance, in Catch 22, the main character Yossarian is a pilot. However, he knows that every mission is possibly death, and the ground is freedom to him. While war definitely changes the rules compared to everyday life, this is still my biggest problem with Foster. I just don't like trying to give a basic outline for literature when it's obvious that someone is just going to break the rules out there somewhere. I thought maybe after not reading Foster for a couple of weeks I'd be less biased, but I guess not.



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"I keep myself busy. Time goes faster that way." (1)

Alright, I would first like to say that I do enjoy this book, because it is pretty unique and I feel is written quite well (besides some blatant sex scenes that are pretty much porn). However, the constant references to time throughout the book just seem a little bit of overkill. It jumps out right at the beginning of the book (that quote is at the end of the first paragraph) and does not go away. Yes, this is a book about time travel, and its effects on people, but I sometimes feel like it is a bit overkill. When comparing it to a novel such as Invisible Man, which makes many great points about people through their actions, and not just saying that racism is bad over and over and over again. It's like this saying that used to tell us in high school, that we are supposed to "show and not tell". Maybe it's just me, but it kind of got on my nerves. This was really just a mild oversight in the grand scheme of things though, because the story itself is so rich and the characters are so deep.



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"Emerson's model of spoken composition, proceeding from the recognition
that every listener is also a potential speaker ("How many orators sit
mute there below!" [1903-04, 7. 63]), also captures the most charged
moments of eloquence to appear in Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, a novel that
measures the self-reliance of its nameless protagonist through his growing
acumen as a public speaker. Midway through the novel, Ellison's narrator
stands before a massive audience after his initiation into the political organization
called the Brotherhood, observing that "The audience seemed to
have become one, its breathing and articulation synchronized" much like the
"social organism" or "battery" to which the Emersonian speaker both
addresses and connects himself." 75

I find it perfectly fitting that Ralph Waldo Emerson and Ralph Waldo Ellison have some contact. While it may not have been completely intentional, I'm sure Emerson influenced Ellison in some way. Throughout the novel I noticed how much speeches had such a musical quality, and how powerful the whole mood of them was. At first, not to sound racist or anything, I thought it was because they were in a black church (this is where I noticed the strength of the speeches). However, as I went on Ellison was just trying to create that mood throughout the novel to show how great a speaker the narrator is. I really enjoyed this article, and I learned a lot from it.


Nameless Theory

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"A tremor passed over me; the hall was cold. Then it was gone and I squinted and took a long, hard look at my new Brotherhood name." 327

I know the fact that the narrator does not have a name has to have some significance to the story. After reading I have come up with yet another reason I think this might be. I think the narrator does not have a name because he is not one character, but he changes constantly. At the beginning and end he is a sociopath, at the "beginning" of the story he is naive, he is naive in college, then he starts to change. All of these characters is different but they all make up one individual. I feel like giving him a name would also undermine such a change, because we would think of his too much as the same person all the time. That's just my thought on the subject, does this make sense to anyone else?


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