GladysMares: October 2009 Archives

Tom Is A Villain

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"The first time I catched Tom, private, I asked him what was his idea, time of the evasion?--what it was he'd planned to do if the evasion worked all right and he managed to set a nigger free that was already free before?"

This was my question as well. I think the real villain in this book is Tom. He used Jim as his plaything for his "adventures." While Huck had several moments where he realized what would be right and wrong, Tom doesn't care. He is selfish throught the book, but the ending really drills it into the reader. I think the audacity to even wear a bullet around his neck was wrong. That bullet was evidence of his stupidity and instead he wore it like a prize. I think Jim was the character with the most common sense and most honesty. I think it was interesting that Clemens created his character as if he was an ignorant man, when he was the most wise of them all.

Inspiration

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" Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies"

I always wondered what inspired these great poets. What did they see, hear or feel that made them write these beautiful poems? I liked this poem because I got to see where Keats drew his inspiration from. After hearing Chapman read Homer, Keats was inspired. I think sometimes I need someone to help clarify things in order for me to really appreciate it.

Sad Sonnet

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"Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow"

My eyes are most definitely used to flows... I'm a crier, for everything! lol This poem was really sad. However, it made me feel happy to be young and full of opportunities. I wonder what it was that Shakespeare was talking about when he said "I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought." What did he regret? I haven't read to many poems by Shakespeare that were as solemn as this one. I his usage of words like grieve, woe, and sorrows made the mood of the poem really, really depressing. I liked it. :-)

Same Problem, New Century.

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"They glorify crime" (Mallioux 44)

I've heard this quote before, but instead parents are referring to video games. I grew up playing video games but those were different. Now games are incredibly violent and the graphic images are getting seared into young impressionable minds. I don't agree with banning books or video games, its free speech. However, I get why parents in the 1800's were worried about novels packed with characters who defy the law. I see the parallel between those novels and all the movies, games, and T.V shows present today. I think as long as there is a curiosity for taboo subjects such as crime and violence, there will always be and audience and angry parents.

The LAPD Might Not Be So Bad...

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I normally read the Los Angeles Times, so I thought it would be a good place to start. I found an editorial that was written by William J. Bratton who is the chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. For those of us that live in the area, we know the LAPD can be a bit harsh, to say the least. I thought it would be interesting to hear what they had to say about such a controversial subject such as immigration. One quote that really stood out was,

"We must pass immigration reform and bring our neighbors out of the shadows so they get the police service they need and deserve."

Many law enforcement agencies, especially in Orange Country, tend to intimidate illegal immigrants, therefore making it hard for them to come to the police, even when they have witnessed or been victims of crimes. He feels that the police should stick to enforcing the law and protecting the community, while Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement and ICE can do their job at enforcing their policies.

Bratton did a great job at presenting convincing evidence to support his argument. He never attacked the opposing side but it was clear where he stood. I kind of wish I read something where I didn't totally agree with the author because I think I'm being really biased. lol. Overall, very interesting subject.

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Portfolio One and Two

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This semester has included quite a bit of blogging and I fell behind with the first portfolio, so i've decided to put them together. This collection shows the pieces which we have read so far this semester from September thru October.

Coverage and Timeliness:

How Mean Can People Be?
The Secrets Come Out
A Whole New Hester
href="http://blogs.setonhill.edu/GladysMares/2009/09/a_happy_endingsort_of.html">A Happy Ending...Sort Of.
A Woman Misunderstood
What Is It Supposed To Mean?
Im King Of The World
Arrogant or Brilliant Hippie?
Whats Wrong With These People?

Depth:

A Woman Misunderstood
Im King of the World
Arrogant or Brilliant Hippie?

Interaction:

A Woman Misunderstood

Wildcard:
With this blog, I felt was really annoyed because it was hard for me to switch my brain between my Topics In Women In Southern Literature and having to read Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Whats Wrong With These People?

Even Money Can't Save You This Time!

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Creepy story lol. I've read this before but I never really thought about how money was so important in this story. I think even his name Prospero reminds me of wealth, prosperity, high class. Yet, this time all this wealth couldn't stop death from coming. Also, I think it was interesting that no matter how long these rich folks tried to avoid the plague, this thing got to both rich and poor. Money was not an issue for the Plague. I think Prospero made a mockery out of the whole situation by throwing a party when people were dying. When he says, "Who dares insult us with this blasphemous mockery? Seize him and unmask him--that we may know whom we have to hang, at sunrise, from the battlements!" (359). I think its hilarious that HE thinks this guy is making a mockery and committing blasphemy when he's throwing a party while people are dying. This Prospero is an idiot, for real.

The Best Part of Literature

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Imagery is the best part of literature. It can make or break a story for me. I think anyone can tell a story, but writers who can make readers feel, smell, or imagine something that isn't in the text, is amazing. I'm not a very good creative writer, so I admire those who mange to convey certain feelings within readers. The poem by John Masefield Cargoes, was a good example because he included different types of imagery like visual, olfactory, and kinesthetic. I could imagine smelling sandalwood or seeing all these pretty jewels. Also, he talked about rowing home and dipping through the tropics. I think imagery is what brings stories to life. If a reader can't use their imagination, the story is boooorrringgg!!! :-)

What's The Matter With Vladek?

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I was upset with the ending. I wish I had a copy of the second part of this book. It ended so abruptly. I was puzzled as to why Vladek got rid of all of Anja's journals. Her story was just as important to tell as his. After finishing the novel, I really disliked his character. I felt sorry for the things he went thorough, but he should appreciate life more than he actually does. The way he treats Mala is awful. From the few times Mala appears, she doesn't seem to be as awful as they make her out to be. When Vladek talks about being sick and Mala saying, "I want the money! The money! The money!" That seems a bit extreme, especially considering how cheap Vladek is. Its unfortunate that Vladek made a mistake by remarrying but Mala has to pay the price. Now, Artie isn't completely innocent. He is pretty rude to Mala also. It seems as much as Art is trying to distance himself from his father, he is becoming like him anyways.

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What's Wrong With These People?

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So within reading the first few pages I was annoyed. I mean, i've been reading about some angry slaves who are well aware that the situation is WRONG. They still have faith and religion but know that this is just unacceptable. So I thought how can some of these characters be so complacent. Also, how come they can't understand when others are upset? At one point I began thinking that maybe these characters are so brainwashed, they don't know what to believe. When someone is immersed in something, they tend to lose touch with reality. Perhaps thats what happened to some of these women. I didn't really like this play and after hearing that royalties were not paid to Harriet Beecher Stowe, I was done.

Why Can't All Books Be Graphic Novels??

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I knew we were only supposed to read chapters 1-4, but I finished the book lol. I have never read a graphic novel like this and I was totally into it. It reminded me of reading children's books with pictures. However, there was nothing childlike about the content. I've always read about and heard stories about the holocaust but for some reason this seemed different. It focused on this couple's story instead of the war in general. I felt more of a connection to the characters because I had read about their lives. Usually I read things about the holocaust and it not only disgusts me but it makes me feel so awful to think that we as humans could do this to each other. Yet, getting a closer view into this couple's fight for survival was really great. Also, at first I thought it was interesting that he chose these animals but after the second chapter, I forgot these were mice, cats, and pigs. I think i'll pick up the second part of this book sometime...

Portfolio 2

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This is a collection of blogs that i've worked on for my Writing About Literature class. This is just my reactions, questions, and responses to the works we've read this portion of the semester. Also my portfolio includes discussions i've had with my fellow classmates. Included will be: Coverage, Depth, Interaction, Discussions, Timliness, Xenoblogging, and Wildcards.

Coverage: This is everything that I have blogged in this portion of the semester, starting from oldest and ending with more recent.

Man? Woman? Who Knows...
Good Night Childhood, Good Morning Maturity
Places You Will Never Forget
Not A New Problem
Desert?
Everyone Is Crazy
An Incredibly Positive Review

Depth: These are blogs where I feel I have really done deeper into my thoughts.

Places You Will Never Forget
Desert?
Good Night Childhood, Good Morning Maturity

Interaction and Discussions: These are some of the discussions I have had with classmates reguarding my blog entries.

Good Night Childhood, Good Morning Maturity
Places You Will Never Forget
Everyone Is Crazy
Not a New Problem

Timeliness:

An Incredibly Positive Book Review
Everyone Is Crazy
Desert?
Not A New Problem
Places You Will Never Forget

Wildcard: This blog, I feel is a good example of my close reading skills. Its short but the text was also short. I think I really went into depth about how this poem made me feel.

Desert?=

An Incredibly Positive Book Review

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This semester I have 4 English classes so I haven't had time to read something that I actually chose myself. However, in my southern women lit class we read something that I really enjoyed. Its called Incidents in the LIfe of a Slave Girl. Its a slave narrative writing by the woman who is also the main character within the story. The review was extremely positive. Yet, this article was written on April 13, 1861 by the Weekly Anglo-African so it makes me question the bias. The book was described as "In such volumes as this, the true romance of American life and history is to be found." I would have liked to see more objectivity in this review. More analysis on the style of writing as opposed to the content. I never read reviews of anything because I like to form my own opinion first, so I might be misreading this. Anyone have any insight as to whether this is a typical review?

Everyone is Crazy.

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So far I am really enjoying this book. Even though these characters all have big tragedies attached to them I still find this all kind of funny. On page 50 when they find the missing deaf cat and Annabel freaks out that perhaps Alice killed it, I actually laughed aloud. I think if this book was turned into a movie, Alice should be played by Ellen Page lol Thats what I imagine her to be like. Also, I love the grandparents. They actually remind me of my own parents who love sitting in the living room, drinking wine and asking me "what if" questions or "how do you feel about this..." I was talking to Melissa about this in another class and I was telling her how confused I am about why Carter keeps talking to Ginger. Then Annabel makes a dinner party for all three of them. Are they all crazy?? Anyone want to clue me in on this?

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