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March 23, 2006

I think it's rubbish. Complete nonsense!!

Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves 3 -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

This chapter covers alot of information for only thirty pages that were in the chapter. I really learned alot from reading these pages. They were very informational and very in depth.

"When I was about fourteen years old, a friend at school who spent the summer holidays in Michigan set me up with an American pen-pal. This is not an episode I am proud to remember." This was a very good "grabber" for me because I could relate to what she was saying. I too had a pen-pal and became very disgusted with her...

I never knew that grammar and punctuation could be described as "glamorous", "beautiful" and "graceful"; however, leave it Truss to define grammar and punctuation like this! "Is it endangered? What will we do if it disappears?" I was thinking about this when I read the first chapter. Grammar has left some people due to technology. What does the future look like?

Posted by ElyseBranam at 12:37 AM | Comments (0)

March 19, 2006

The Bear Eats, Shoots and Leaves Part Two

Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves 2 -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

The rule is: don't use commas like a stupid person. I mean it! more than any other mark, the comma requires the writer to use intelligent discretion and to be simply alert to potential ambiguity. For example,
1. Leonora walked on her head, a little higher than usual.
2. The driver managed to escape from the vehicle.
3. Don't guess, use a timer or watch.
4. The convict said the judge is mad.

*I really enjoyed reading this section. When it comes to commas, I tend to OVERuse them. Better safe than sorry, right? Obviously not when it comes to Truss. I'm considered one of those stupid people who misuse commas! Once reading this chapter, I became more familiar with the use of commas. I also didn't know that the comma is used to represent "and" or "or". I never really thought of it like that so I am glad to see Truss pointed that out for me!

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March 13, 2006

Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves 1 -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

Before reading Eats, Shoots and Leaves, I thought to myself, "Oh here we go...another boritng grammer book is what Elyse Branam will be reading for the next hour and will probably be falling asleep only to wake up again and try to figure out where she had left off." WRONG! I have to say, this book is so much better than any thing I have ever read in the past. It is not only comical, but it is educational in a fun kind of way. For instance, when reading the introduction, I came across two very comical sentences:

A woman, without her man, is nothing. (meaning a woman without a man is nothing at all...)
A woman: without her, man is nothing. (meaning a man is nothing without a woman...)

I think I would have to say that the second sentence is true because obviously, we all know that behind every strong man is a stronger woman holding him up!

While reading the introduction, I also found this section interesting. "...Well, ours will be 'Pipe Up'. Be a nuisance. Do something. And if possible use a bright red pen. Send back emails that are badly punctuated..."
Does this NOT remind you of Professor Jerz? I believe he even said himself, that he has sent back badly punctuated emails to the sender.

After reading the first section, "The Tractable Apostrophe", I now feel sorry for that stupid apostrophe that we miscommonly use! I wish I would have the chance to see a sigh with misused grammar and apostrophe use. (Thanks Kevin for posting one your blog) But honestly, where are these signs? I hope I'm not one of those people who see the signs and don't recognize it... :/ This chapter was interesting and shed the light on some things that I new, but never really paid attention to. Thanks Lynne Truss!!

Posted by ElyseBranam at 09:03 PM | Comments (6)

March 12, 2006

one question about love...

Article: Bowers -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

"Doubtless, Antony and Cleopatra are in love, but love for a Roman Triumvir and an Egyptian queen can be neither transcendent or private."

This was a good quote that I found when reading Bowers' academic article. My question to this statement is, "Do you REALLY think Antonay and Cleopatra were truly in love? What were the reasons for saying they were in love...did Shakespeare ever give reference to the fact that they were in love? If so, what were these references? Like Cleopatra said, "If it be love indeed, tell me how much..." I wish Bowers would have gone into this question in deeper detail...

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March 02, 2006

Who is the Protagonist?

Article: Simonds -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

I feel as if Shakespeare did not want a protagonist or the typical hero in this particular story. ...taken from Denamarie's blog.

I just wanted to blog about Denamarie's blog. I agree. I feel that Shakespeare didn't really want a protagonist in Antony and Cleopatra. As a matter of fact, if I had to chose a character to be protagonistic, I would choose Mark Antony. The other main characters, Cleopatra and Octavius Ceaser, both seem to be a villian throughout the play. Cleopatra is simply a sex goddess who tricks males into liking her and receiving pleasure...while Ceaser is called a "villain" because he has frustrations with Ceaser. It seems like his main goal is to destroy Antony. However, I am confused when he mourns for the two deaths and want to bury the bodies side by side so they can be together. This would make him an antagonist switched to a protagonist. Throughout the play, Cleopatra is called a "slave", "wrangling queen", "gypsy", and of course, a "whore." I wonder what Denamarie would think about if I called Antony a PROTAGONIST. hmmm...

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Claim, Data, Warrant

Ex 1-5a: Critical Essay Presubmission (15pts) -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

In my thinking and writing class, we are actually reading critical essays. I chose one from my Thinking and Writing book and decided to talk about because I haven't seen Antony and Cleopatra yet. I won't be seeing the play until tonight (providing one of my teachers can get me tickets) and decided that I would not have a reasonable amount of time to get this figured out.

In Judy Root Aulette’s, From Changing American Families, she examines the way classes, races and genders create different experiences within families and society. Aulette achieves her examination by observing different ways families respond to the macro system. By helping to preserve inequality, attempt to survive in spite of that inequality and creating ways to oppose inequality are examined in this research paper.

I find it critical when Aulette mentions, “Families play a critical role in keeping an individual in the upper class: The most important single predictor of a son’s occupational status is his father’s occupational status. A man born into the top 5% of family income had a 63% chance of earning over $25,000 a year in 1976 (being in the top 17.8% of family income). But a man born into the bottom 10% of family income had only a 1% chance of attaining this level (Braun, 1991).”

This paragraph was significant because Aulette is backing up her words with definite resources. Her goal is to make the readers trust her words and ideas. She uses statistics and percentages in order to allow her readers to trust her. This is a great way of doing so while strongly backing her previous statements.

Posted by ElyseBranam at 10:39 AM | Comments (0)