February 2008 Archives

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I choose the term allusion.  i thought it was interesting that the actual meaning of it means "to play with".  when a writer uses an alllusion within a story, it is an opportunity to to play with someone's mind.  the text listed numerous stories where allusions were a vital part to make the story more understand and to draw in the reader better.

Wanna go for a swim?

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"The old woman watched him with her arms folded across her chest as if she were the owner of the sun, and the daughter watched, her head thrust forward and her fat helpless hands hanging at the wrists.  She had long pink-gold hair and eyes as blue as a peacock's neck."  (O'Connor 54)


I choose this mainly because i liked the comparisons that were in it.  just the vivid color of blue used to describe the daughter's eyes makes you think that you could just jump into the bright blue pools and swim around in her soul.  and the way that you can just imagine the mother's face, how stern she probabley looked.  to guard the sun would not be an easy job, but she was doing it just fine.  what a powerful woman



If i were him....

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"All right, i'm going to baptize you now", and without more warning, he tightened his hold and swung him upside down and plunged his head into the water.  he held him under while he said the worlds of baptism and then he jerked him up again and looked sternly at the gasping child." (O'Connor 44-45)


what a way for a little child to be baptized.  almost being drown!  poor little kid, didn't even know what was going on until his head was under the water and the preacher was praying.  if that would have happened to me, i think i would have been so afraid of water that i never would have even gotten another bath for the rest of my life. 

Look Ma! I'm on my way.....

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In Introduction to Literary Studies, we have been learning a lot of different types of writting and how we as individuals can interpret it in our own way without having to look into the "Big Book of Answers".  We have learned about poetry and numerous poets and have advanced into Shakespeare. 


As we read, we had to make web blogs.  Here is a list of mine:


Deana's Who Done It?


Deana's  If We Call a Rose by any other name would smell as sweet


Deana's Just Imagery


I haven't really had an interaction because no one has ever commented on my blogs even the ones that were on time, no body has commented on.


I had commented on Gretta's "Hidden Gems"



just imagery?

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Flastaff: i do begin to perceive that i am made an ass.
Ford: ay, and an ox too:  both the proofs are extant.  (Merry Wives of Windsor, Shakespeare)


while reading, i found this where flastaff talks about being made an ass of and it reminded me of A Midsummer Night's Dream.  I researched this to see if A Midsummer Night's Dream came before or after and it was performed almost 4 years before Merry Wives of Windsor.  i thought that it was neat to see that Shakespeare either intentially or unintentially used examples of that play in this one.  there were more, just havent gotten as far as to point them all out.

Nothing is sweeter than revenge!

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what a herod of jewry is this! o wicked, wicked world!  one that is well-nigh worn to pieces with age to show himself a young gallant!  what an unweighed behaviour hath this Flemish drunkard picked--with the devil's name!  out of my conversation, that he dares in this manner assay me?  why, he hath not been trice in my company!  what should i say to him?  i was then frugal of my mirth:  heaven forgive me!  why, i'll exhibit a bill in the parliament for the putting down of men.  how shall i be revenged on him?  for revenged i will be, as sure as his guts are made of puddings. (Merry Wives of Windor, Shakespeare)


who would have ever thought that seeking revenge on someone could sound so innocent and interesting?  i dont know how mistress ford does it, but she makes her point made.  Flastaff has done wrong against her and she WILL make him pay.  i thought it was funny that she even says he has the devil's name....wow!  she's one angry woman!

Should i talk to her or not? Ohh geesh, i'm nervous!

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Eliot borrows the same technique.  His internal monologue begins with the "you" and "I." the two sides of Prufrock's personality, debating whether or not to confront a female.  (Blythe and Sweet)


i thought that this sentence was cute in a way.  you can just imagin a guy standing somewhere talking to himself thinking about how to talk to a girl because he's so afraid of rejection.  the guy would most likely be talking to himself thinking should i or shouldn't i?  its just a cute thought.

That guys an _____!

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Page: Here comes Sir John
Falstaff:  Now, Master Shallow, you'll complain of me to the King?
Shallow:  Knight, you have beaten my men, killed my deer, and broke open my lodge.
Falstaff:  But not kissed your keepers' daughter?
Shallow:  Tut, a pin! this shall be answered
Falstaff:  I will answer it straight; I have done all this.  That is now answered.   (Merry Wives of Windsor, Shakespeare)


Falstaff is so far my favorite character!  he just seems like one of those people who has a come back for everything and he's just funny about it.  i like this dialogue because he almost mocked Shallow because Shallow goes off about all the things that he's done and then Falstaff comes back with the comment about the keeper's daughter and it just irritates Shallow.  i just thought that it was really funny.

No comparison!

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11I grant I never saw a goddess go:

12My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground.
13And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
14As any she belied with false compare.


i loved this whole poem but i felt that these last few lines just were....soo sweet!  he does not compare to her to a goddess like most romantics would, he just says that she's human and treads the earth like everyone else.  but at the end, his final words are that she cannot be compared to anything because she is rare and so is the love that he has for her and to compare her to anything would just be false and meaning nothing.  nothing compares to her......wasn't he soo sweet?!  haha

An eternal resting place

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7And soonest our best men with thee do go,

              8Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.

              9Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,

            10And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell;

            11And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well

            12And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then?  (Donne)


i liked these lines because it basically is explaining that no matter who you are, no matter what your social status....your doing to die one day just like everyone else and just become a pile of bones.  and then it also goes on to mention the various ways of dieing but death is not predictable, only to those who choose to end their life are the ones that will know when they are going to pass.  for the rest of us, life and death are mysteries we will hopefully one day figure out.

Struggles on life

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The eagle's golden breakfast    
Strangles them.    (dickinson)

The eagle is suppost to be a symbol of freedom and when dickinson uses it saying that the eagles gold breakfast strangles them it sounds like the whole meaning on the eagle has been flipped.  when an eagle of freedom would strangle someone, there would be no hope left.  just as the soldiers in the poem would have felt no hope and would have given up everything.

Better late then never

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Victory comes to those who can not even taste its sweetness through "freezing lips", just as it comes too late for soldiers who give their lives on the battlefield. (Monteiro)


i felt that this is true no matter what time era that it came from.  soldiers always think that they taste victory but sometimes it comes to late after the battle has been lost.  its sad to think that the troops over there right now will never be able to taste victory because this war seems to be never ending.  each day more and more young men and women are being sent over seas for what?  there is not a valid reason to be seen yet.

Making time

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BECAUSE I could not stop for Death,    
He kindly stopped for me  (dickinson)


i choose this because people dont realize the things that they dont make time for especially death because it is so unpredictable that it is something that no one wants to think about never prepares for. 


To be or not to be a fool.

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No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be;

Am an attendant loard, one that will do

To swell a progress, start a scene or two,

Advise the prince; no doubt, an easy tool.... (Prufrock lines 111-114)

 i thought that this was funny that way that Prufrock picked on Shakespeare's Hamlet.  just that line about not being meant to be reminds me of a guy standing with a poofy collar on his neck holding a skull and saying those lines. 



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I used to think it was this great gift "literary geniuses" have, but i'm not so sure anymore.  I sometimes teach a creative writing course, and my aspiring fiction writers frequently bring in biblical parallels, classical or Shakespearean allusions, bits of REM songs, fairy tale fragments, anything you can think of.  And neither they nor I would claim that anybody in that room is a genuis.  It's something that starts happening when a reader/writer and a sheet of paper get locked in a room together.  (Foster 85-86)

i dont think that anyone can be a literary genuis even if they wanted because one person cannot know everything about english and writing.  there are many different dialects and ways of writing and nothing ever stays the same.  there is something new every day.  everyone has a different gift too and some people just have a better way or using words to relate better to others whether it be through song, another story, or even the Bible.  there was many ways to get in touch with the senses and english just helps it all out.



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....Pointed to a Negro child standing in the door of a shack.  "wouldn't that make a picture, now?"  she asked and they all turned and looked at the little Negro out of the back window.  he waved.  "he didnt have my britches on," june star said. "he probabley didn't have any," the grandmother explained. "little niggers in the country don't have things like we do.  if i could paint, i'd paint that picture," she said. (O'Connor 12)


just reading something like this written back when it would have been an every day thing to see children without things that were essential compared to now is incrediable.  if there was a child like that in today's day in age, the help that would be received would never stop.  when a child is without something especially pants the last thing people would do is stare and think of painting a picture out of it.  but for the story it shows that that is what most negro families were probabley like.  poor and without. 

Living History

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Greek and Roman myth is so much a part of the fabric of our consciousness, of our unconscious really, that was scarcely notice.  you doubt me?  in the town where i life, the college teams are known as the Spartans.  our high school?  the Trojans.  in my state we have a troy(one of whose high schools is athens-and they say there are no comedians in education), an ithaca, a Sparta, a Romulus, a Remus, and a Rome. (Foster 66)


i felt that this was interesting to think about.  if we don't concentrate on the fact that it talks about rome and greek but just history in general.  we never escape history, its always living around us.  there are things in life that we neglect to see that actually mirror history or are things that history has left for us. 

What's next?!

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Jane Burroway says that the crisis "must always be presented as a scene. It is "the moment" the reader has been waiting for. In Cinderella's case, "the payoff is when the slipper fits."   (10 tips)


one of the most well known fair-tells has one of the best crisi that builds up to the climax, when the prince actually goes to look for her.  in cinderella, burroway was right, we just sit there and either read or watch asking whats going to happen next?  will he give up or will he go and look for her?  we find out that it develops out and everything works out as it should.  relationing this back to the other reading, this would also be an example of another romeo and juliet type of story line.  love always seems to conquer all, and if it wouldn't then no one would read it.  no one wants to hear of an unhappy ending.

For example, the tragedy romeo and juliet has been set everywhere from Elizabethan England to Renaissance Italy to modern-day Verona to comteporary Sarajevo to Verona Beach, California.  the last setting, in the film version directed by Baz Luhrmann(1997), was complete with rival teenage gangs driving hotrods, wearing punk outfits, and armed with switchblades and guns. (Hamiliton 2).


i choose this because it holds true no matter where you go or what you read.  people are always using the story line of romeo and juliet to make new stories just as romantic to tell the tale of lovers that are forbidden to be together.  it makes new writers just want to think of something new to break from this cliche of story plot.

Where are we off to?

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"Let's go on vacation.  you say okay and then ask your frist question, which is....who's paying?  which month?  can we get time off?  No. none of these.

this just seems like something that everybody says.....i mean money is usually an issue but before you start raking out the cash, wouldn't you like to know where your planning on going first?  who knows, you could agree to go to the beach and have sand between your toes and the smell of the ocean in your face and hate that kind of thing.  its always better to know where your going then anything else.

Who Done it?

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MRS. PETERS. No, she didn't have a cat. She's got that feeling some people have about cats--being afraid of them. My cat got in her room, and she was real upset and asked me to take it out.

i choose that quote because it reminded me of a time when my mother was being chased by our cat.  he loved to torment her and she had to call for help before he got to her.  it was one of the funniest moments on my life and this little quote just reminded me of so.

Don't get mad, just get even

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at the end of the story, you can tell what bernice is planning to do because anyone in their right mind out do just the same.  when bernice cuts off marjorie's hair it is like a victory and your cheering for bernice as she makes each cut.  instead of bernice getting upset and just crying about her hair, she gets even.  any person in their right mind out have done the same thing.  is it one thing to be tricked by someone less close to you, but to be fooled by your own family calls for rash behavior.

Things are not always as they seem

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i actually choose two quotes because i felt that they worked together.  words do not always only mean what they say, but they can have an alternate meaning to them or just an extensive meaning behind the scene.  writers like to play on words so that it keeps the audiences guessing about what something really means within a sentence.  the example says about how vampirism isn't only about vampirism but its about a whole list of other words and meanings.  it just goes to show that there is more than one way to read words and it all depends on how hard you look into them is what you'll get about out.