GladysMares: September 2009 Archives

Arrogant or Brilliant or Hippie?

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Chapter 13 was really interesting because Thoreau made a lot of really good social commentary. Also, He seems to constantly take jabs at people who live in the city. Thoreau spends a lot of time describing the berries and how their colors and smells are so great, but will eventually be sold for cheap and turned in to jam. He seems to really disapprove of city life. However, I think that even thought he makes really good observations, he seems a bit arrogant. He talks about the wasps finding his house a desirable shelter and how his house pleased his eyes after it was plastered. I think he often borders being proud to be independent and self sufficient and being full of it.

The conclusion to this really summed up the messages he had been sending throughout the chapters. He reminds me of a hippie who lives from the land or "bone" and questions "why we should be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises?" I think he really wishes people could rearrange their priorities. I still get a sense of him being arrogant, especially when he mocks medicine in the beginning of the chapter, but I think he makes really great observations.

Im King of The World

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After Reading chapter 2 I shared Thoreau's sense of independence and empowerment. I was excited for him. He has a lot of significant references to things like the Fourth of July and Olympus which bring on a sense of pride and starting fresh and new. I think this chapter was about what life is worth. He mentions living free of commitment and depicts nature in such a refreshing way.

Chapter 4 was really eye opening. I think he makes good points about the way people learn. "Will you be a reader, a student merely, or a seer?" I think this brings the question of is it better to live and learn? Or can you read a lot of books and gain the sam experience? He uses many words like "sunny" and "pines and hickories" which make me feel like he constantly observing nature around him and learns through this. Which brings me to how he makes an interesting observation about commerce. He says, "Here come your groceries, country; your rations countrymen! Nor is there any man so independent on his farm he can them nay." Although he thinks the men who work for the railroads are great, he questions the level of independence of people. Can they still continue to be resourceful?


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After reading Desert Places I was wondering if Frost had ever been to a desert. I haven't seen too many forest in the desert lol. Then I realized how he could be talking about loneliness. I think he might feel trapped and smothered. He makes a reference to the weeds and stubble being covered and the animals being smothered. I felt kind of claustrophobic after reading this. I also felt cold lol. I think the world is happening around him without anyone noticing and he feels lonely in it.

Not a New Problem

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Chapter 12 was nothing I haven't really heard before. However, the only problem that I have with these types of essays is wording my question the right way. In the essay he introduces the problems as "Does the change happen to late to be effective?" I would probably stop there, but he then further develops the question. This may seem like a simple thing to other writers, but for me I didn't know how far I could go with introducing the problem and the question. Past teachers have just been satisfied with us making sure we are convincing when he answer the problem, yet now I can see how important it is to have a real thoughtful problem.

Places You Will Never Forget

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After reading the poems by William Wordsworth, I really connected with Tintern Abbey. He recalls a place that he hasn't been to in a while and describes how beautiful the place and its surroundings are. I can remember certain places that I only visit once in a great while, but I every time I return I feel this really great connection. I think that sometimes places that we visit can make a lasting impression on us. Sometimes we don't realize that this impression is made. There is a place in northern California called Carmel and its incredibly beautiful and peaceful. I only visit this place every once in a long while, but every time I think of it it serves as a reminder of how its important to preserve nature and to keep our California beaches clean. I loved this poem because it reminded me of a place I don't often think about.

What is it supposed To Mean??

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After finishing the story, "Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-street," I was slightly confused. I could tell there was a lot going on that I should of caught onto but I can't figure them out... For instance, the nicknames he gave those guys. They are so quirky and odd they seem to be important but I can't figure out why. What I could tell was that the narrator seemed some what arrogant. Which brings me to his interest in Bartleby. I think the narrator thought really high of himself and when someone came along that he quite couldn't figure out, this intrigued him. This was definitely a long and confusing story for me.

A Woman Misunderstood

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I really enjoyed this story, mainly for two reasons. While I read the story it seemed that this woman was too much into her head and had serious mental health issues. Yet, the more I continued to read and see her interaction with her husband it totally changed my perspective. It is easy to confuse this story with a woman who is obsessive and childlike, but I noticed a really odd relationship with her husband. They way that he talks to her is so weird! I think the author might be trying to make a point about the relationships married couples had at the the time. For instance, she wakes up in the middle of the night and he asks, "what is it little girl?" To me this was a complete red flag because why on earth would he refer to her as a little girl?? From that moment I realized that she was not quite trapped in her own mind, but she was trapped in the confinement of her husband. Her husband treated her like a child and didn't appreciate any self expression. It was as if Jennie was her nanny/baby sitter, reporting her nap times. I liked this story because it gives the vibe that it could be a creepy Faulkner-esque type story, but instead i think it takes a jab at the institution of marriage.

Good Night Childhood, God Morning Maturity

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I thought our class room discussion on Monday really helped me take another approach towards this play. I think that knowing the real stories behind these Disney fairy tales helped me look at this play differently because I had to remember all is not what it seems. I think Shakespeare wrote about these character's one way, and MacDonald went ahead and took a whole new perspective. I think she gave the characters depth and personality quirks. Next time I read Shakespeare I will remember to take on a more mature approach and remember to look deeper.

Man? Woman? Who Knows...

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I like reading plays because it is easier for me to visualize the setting and the people. Yet, this was slightly confusing for me! Everyone seemed to be confused about who was a woman and who was a man. Or at least I was! Romeo is dressed as a woman, then Constance is dressed as a man. One thing I really liked was that I felt as if I got a better glimpse into these character's lives. Since Shakespeare didn't go into detail about these character's lives, I feel like Anne-Marie MacDonald has given these characters personalities. It don't really enjoy Shakespeare but this was definitely a good twist on his work.

Portfolio One

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This is a portfolio of the blogs I have written this semester. They are mainly my responses and questions that I have had regarding the assigned text we've had so far this semester.

Coverage and Timeliness:

Seasons and Life: This blog was mainly about how confusing Shakespeare is to me and how I associated nature and life being one.

Lying to Feel Safe: This blog had to do with An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge. I really felt the main character lied to himself because the truth was painful.

Confusing and Beautiful Poetry: This post really demonstrates how I feel about Poetry and how it is so beautiful and the best poetry leaves the reader asking questions.

The Differences Between Men and Women: I loved the story Trifles and this talks about the observations I had between the men and women of the play.

Chapter 2...huh?: This blog was about chapter 2 in Writing About Literature and some of the author's advice really confused me.


Lying to Feel Safe: I really dug deep into this text because I was intrigued by the main character's reaction to his death.

Confusing and Beautiful Poetry: This post really goes into how I think people should approach poetry.

A Happy Ending...sort of.

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Im glad this story is over! I think overall its a somewhat happy ending even though Dimmesdale dies. I think it was really important for all the secrets to come out, even though they were long overdue. Yet, even though Hester moves on and so do the town people, why did she continue wearing the "A"? Also, I think that Chillingsworth was a doomed character from the beginning but i thought it was interesting he left money for pearl. Finally...lets move onto a new book!

A Whole New Hester

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After finishing the book I remembered why I liked it. I think its great that Hester's character didn't stay a depressed and shamed woman. I think Hawthorne was a lot more progressive that we think when it came to women's empowerment. Even though she states that only god can remove the letter, she still eventually takes it off and light shines. She has moved on from the dreadful time living under that cloud of shame. I still think she has a strange relationship with Pearl, who by the way is incredibly intuitive.

Seasons and Life

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When I first saw that I would be reading something by Shakespeare I made a sad face... like this :-( because I cannot understand his style of writing! Yet, as I read sonnet 73 (I read this about 10 times...) I started to get his comparrison between nature, seasons, and life. If I am not mistaken, the line that says "In me thou seest the twilight of such day," is about being in an older stage of life. Moving from youth or a place where "yellow leaves, or none, or few do hang." This is all I really could understand...

The Secrets Come Out

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Chapters 7-13 were a lot more interesting than the previous ones. I already knew Dimmesdale was also a adulterer. It was good to finally see someone else feel remorse and pain over their sins, as opposed to just Hester just being tormented. Dimmesdale seems to be going through both a spiritual and moral battle. I think his sermons have become a lot more powerful, because he as actually lived the sin. Also, I think everyone is so blind as to what things really are. They just go along with convenient answers like Mistress Hibbins can't be a witch because simply... she is the governor's sister. Everything is so plain and simple to the puritans.

How Mean Can People Be?

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The first six chapters of The Scarlet Letter bring up a lot of questions for me. First off, the whole idea of sin is brought up and the way that the puritans deal with it. Yet, I don't understand how they could degrade someone and make them feel subhuman. There was a woman in the market place who said "This woman has brought shame upon us all, and ought to die."(49) Why are the women in particular so harsh? Why do they feel the need to expose and publicly degrade Hester? It bothers me how everyone is really ripping into Hester, when they all seem to have skeletons in their closets. Especially her husband who sent her alone, didn't follow her and now he gets upset. Also, I ask why she stayed in Boston? I think maybe since that is where she committed her sin, that is where she should be punished.

Lying to feel Safe

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After reading "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce, I realized the whole third part was a quick dream. Also, he is denying what is eventually to come by imagining he with ease, gets out of his arm restraints and claims "What splendid effort! What magnificent, what superhuman strength!" (320). Also, I found it ironic that his position in the war was to keep slaves "bound" and he died being bound himself. Without the reader knowing he actually does die, this seems a bit hard to believe. I think the reason he paints this beautiful picture of escape was to essentially avoid the idea that he was about to die. People tend to make things up to cover up their truths, because sometimes its too painful.

Confusing and Beautiful Poetry

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"They begin beating it with a hose/ to find out what it really means." (Collins 74)

This line alone is how I feel about poetry. I feel that any good poetry is hard to decipher and requires a reader to reread and ask questions in order to come up with a definition to the poem. This brings me to "On Turning Ten," which I read a couple times and each time the tone always seemed the same. It illustrates a solemn picture of a boy who realizes he is growing up and changes are occurring. I also think it makes a point of demonstrating the humor of being a child and the sadness one encounters when they realize how different it is to be older. When I was a ten year old I didn't have such profound thoughts, but after turning twenty one, I realized what I was leaving behind and how much my life has changed over the years.

The Differences Between Men and Women

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After finishing the play Trifles my first impression was the many differences between men and women. During the first scene it is clear by Mrs. Peters that she is somewhat disturbed by what has just transpired in the house. While on the other hand, the men seem unattached and insensitive to the fact that a gruesome murder had previously taken place. Also, I think the women seemed to sympathize with Mrs. Hale, after knowing what her relationship with the dead Mr. Hale. One key moment in the play that seemed to make my point was the final stage direction when Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters make eye contact and are trying to figure out what to do with the box. Finally, The country attorney ends by asking about the quilt. To me this seemed like the men were oblivious to the whole picture. Deeper things were happening during this play and it seemed like the men never really caught on. It was the women who were more emotionally in tune.

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