GladysMares: November 2009 Archives

So The Shoes Were Silver...

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"and there is some charm connected with them; but what it is we never knew."

I find it interesting that those iconic shoes were turned into red for the movie. This might be weird but I normally associate the color silver with softness and demure. Red, however is flashy and provocative. I noticed several changes from the book to movie like Glinda was good witch of the South in the book but changed to North in the movie. I wonder if any of these changes had anything to do with the society of the time. I'll be honest, I hate this movie because of all the singing and ironically I found the book boring because of the lack of glitz. I'm hard to please I suppose.

The Ghost of Economic Hardships

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"Merry Christmas! What right have you to be merry? What reason have you to be merry? You're poor enough."

"Come, then," returned the nephew gaily. "What right have you to be dismal? What reason have you to be morose? You're rich enough."

This story so far seems like a giant ghost for readers of the time to remind them of the big gaps in class levels. Neither Scrooge or his nephew can understand each other because of the differences in their economic levels. Scrooge is insensitive to his nephew and easily can be transformed into a charitable person. This novel seems like a metaphor for readers of the time who were unaware of other's hardships. So far it seems like a billboard that reads "HEY PEOPLE OF THE 1800'S, SOME PEOPLE ARE POOR.... DO SOMETHING!"

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You're an English Major? Why?

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"Studying English taught us how to write and think better, and to make articulate many of the inchoate impulses and confusions of our post-adolescent minds. We began to see, as we had not before, how such books could shape and refine our thinking." -William M. Chace

That is why I study English. People who aren't english majors assume we just read all day long and summarize the text to each other. However, they are so far off. I've been able to expand my though process and how I have realized more potential in myself as a writer and a critical thinker. People assume that all you can do with a Degree in English is to teach. However my plans include law school and ultimately earning a degree in law. I think being able to write and be articulate is important in every single job. I think that the decline of english majors goes hand in hand with the decline of the quality of writing among younger generations. People don't realize how important it is to be able to not only think deeply about certain things, but also be able to put them properly onto paper. I'm double majoring in English Literature and Political Science and I feel writing courses should be required of every major. Even more extensively.

Presentation on Idea and Theme

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My presentation will cover how Roberts defines both terms and his advice on how to include ideas and theme in writing. Also I have an article that explains how writers have ideas but they include them very unobtrusively.

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Woahhhhh Easy, Browning!

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"Three times her little throat around,
And strangled her. No pain felt she;"

Okay this poem was so incredibly dramatic! I was thrown off half way through when he... oh yeah KILLS HER! At first I thought this was going to be a romantic poem and it turned out to be a really creepy and morbid one. I was weirded out by the fact that after he strangles her, he decided to play with her dead corpse. I've read other poems by Browning and this one was way out of left field.

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Nothing New.

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The section in chapter 7 in Roberts where he gives suggestions on how to find ideas was nothing new. I feel I already do a pretty good job at looking at language, character reactions, feelings and the narration. I definitely felt this chapter was a bit repetitive and similar to chapter 2, Writing About a Close Reading.

Oats...Out, Moving on...In

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"Luka, tell them in the stable not to give Toby any oats today" (Chekhov 392).

I thought this was a really funny play. I think that last line is funny because I think that the more oats she fed Toby, was the more she fed her memory of her dead husband. She clearly states that her husband was abusive and unfaithful, so why keep mourning? Well my take on it is that a woman (at the time) who loses her man loses her identity. She's found a new man, therefore she has regained control of herself.

Portfolio 3

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Coverage and Timeliness:

Why Can't All Books Be Graphic Novels? - This blog was about how the concept of a Graphic Novel is so new to me and how much I enjoyed it. I thought it presented such a deep and dark subject matter in a way that was easier to read.

What's The Matter With Vladek?- I was really upset at the ending of Maus, but not because the novel was bad, but because I really connected with the characters and I wished I had the second part in my hands. I think there is some decent character analysis in this blog.

The Best Part of Literature - This blog deals with the chapter in Roberts where he discusses Imagery. This happens to my favorite aspect in literature, so thats what this blog deals with.

Even Money Can't Save You This Time! - This is about Edgar Allen Poe's creepy The Masque of Red Death. I really disliked Prospero's character and tied in his fate to his finances.

The LAPD Might not be so Bad - This was my response to the editorial assignment. I thought that maybe if I found an article in which I totally didn't agree with, I might have learned more about the subject.

Sad Sonnet - I thought this poem was sad and my blog goes further into detail about the feelings

Inspiration - This is a blog about a poem by Keats. I always wondered where poets drew inspiration from and this kind of goes into detail about that.

Beware of Tone - In this blog I talked about how I felt tone should be handled with care in writing because an aggressive tone can put readers off.

Sleezy... - I really disliked j. From the beginning of John Henry Days. This blog explains why.

What an Exciting Life? - This blog was about how put off I was about the life of a writer.

Thats What I Was Wondering! - There is a quote in John Henry Days that left me puzzled.

A Closing Curtain - There is a curtain theory I'd like to explore more and this blog questions what the curtain paragraph in the ending of John Henry Days is about.


Even Money Can't Save You This Time!
Why Can't All Books Be Graphic Novels?
The Best Part of Literature
What The Matter With Vladek?

Interaction and Discussion:

Whats the Matter With Vladek?
The Best Part of Literature
Even Money Can't Save You This Time
The LAPD Might Not Be So Bad
Beware of Tone
A Closing Curtain


Its complicated...- This blog is from my American Literature Class but I felt it showed my ability to relate the texts i've read to the "real world." I think it shows some reflection on what the text stands for and how audiences today read it.

Thanks, but NO Thanks.

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"Aunt Sally she's going to adopt me me and sivilize me and I can't stand it. I been there before" (Twain 294).

Huck is aware of what society is really like. After he sees past Jim's skin color and genuinely cares about him, he feels ashamed about the society in which he belongs to.

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Shame on You Huck...

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"If they wanted us to call them kings and dukes, I hadn't no objections, 'long as it would keep peace in the family... (Twain 193).

I think Huck is a lot smarter than the reader knows. He knows between right and wrong and we see that here when he is referring to the king and duke. I don't think he gives Jim any credit for also figuring out their lies. I think different to Tom, Huck knows what he is doing and still doesn't do anything about the situation. Is he careless or scared?

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Jim's Voice of Reason

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"After breakfast I wanted to talk about the dead man and guess out how he come to be killed, but Jim didn't want to. He said it would fetch bad luck..." (Twain 139).

This is where I really realized that Jim had good intentions. As stereotypical as he was portrayed, I think this is where I saw that Jim was a dominant figure in the story and had really good insights. He genuinely cares about Huck and this was a first indicator for me.

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A Closing Curtain

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"For we need our safe places in this world, there are far too few" (Whitehead 343).

This is one of the few times in the novel where I see a sensitive side to J. I also thought it was interesting to open the last part of the book with closed curtains. It was like he was closing the novel and literally closing the curtain. Maybe Im the only one that finds that interesting....

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Thats what I was wondering!

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"This question dogged him as he got to work.--he couldn't figure out which came first, the stamp or the festival."

I was wondering too. Did these people put this event together to commemorate the stamp or for the festival itself? I still am puzzled by people in this book trying to figure out the legend and whether John Henry was real. Can't scholars just appreciate the moral of the story and move on?

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What an exciting life?

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"I caught them in Los Angeles at the start of the tour and even got into this party for them in the Hollywood Hills" (Whitehead 89).

At first glance this would seem like the perfect career. Traveling and writing pieces about music and getting to see new places. However, I enjoy stability and consistency. I think freelance writing is something I rather not explore when I graduate college...


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"There is sure to be some hectic receipt wrangling over the next few days" (Whitehead 12).

For a novel that is named after a man who was a legend and an example for humanity, why is this dishonest and unlikeable character the first one I am reading about? So far, I really don't like his character.

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Its Complicated...

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I totally understand how Samuel Clemens is not a racist. I've discussed this in not only this class but other ones too. I am a college student and my knowledge of the world and society is broader than say... oh a middle school or high school kid? Therefore, I think The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is way too ambiguous for kids and teens to fully understand. If I read Notes on the State of Virginia in the 9th grade I would of been so confused! How could Thomas Jefferson say these things. While now I understand how the world isn't perfect and this country has made its mistakes, I think its too jarring for kids to understand. I don't belive in censorship, however, I think certain things should be learned at the appropriate times.

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Fun and Games for Tom

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"Adventure is reality for Tom" (Scott 190).

I thought this quote was important to really understand the character of Tom Sawyer. I think he much rather get a romanticized and playful take on life then pay any real attention to the "real world" as Huck does. Also, my take on Tom's racism is that his only reality is these adults who dislike African Americans. Tom is indeed racist but I don't think he ever had any malicious intentions. Its all fun and games for Tom.

Beware of Tone

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Tone can make or break a story. Tone is something to be really careful with while writing because it can put off a reader if it is something unpleasant. This chapter did a good job at explaining what tone is and how to properly use it. I think it should of also warned writers about how to control the tone as well.

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