GladysMares: December 2009 Archives

Subliminal Messages

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"In addition, thought and expression have not always been free and safe. The threat of censorship and the danger of political or economic reprisal have often caused authors to express their views indirectly in the form of allegory rather than to name names and write openly, thereby risking political prosecution, accusations are based not just in the literary form but also in the reality of circumstances in our difficult world" (Roberts 152).

I think this quote applies to both chapters ten and sixteen. Both chapters state that in order to really integrate ideas into our writing, we must put a lot thought into it. Its difficult to say something without coming out and saying it directly. That can often be the beauty of literature. Its the challenge of deciphering what an author is trying to say that keeps me reading and asking questions. Keeping historical, intellectual, and cultural contexts in mind are part of that challenge in breaking down a piece of literature. Those are clues into finding the allegories and symbolism in stories. I think overall this course was helpful to developing my writing because I learned about how authors bring their ideas together. I like finding certain things in my stories, so when I write I keep that in mind. I read The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz in my last class and I thought about how boring that story would be in the author didn't include any allegories for readers to figure out. I think that the older you get and the more you read, the better you will become at discovering those hidden things authors want us to see.


Portfolio 4... yay!

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This is my last portfolio for Writing About Literature. These blogs are responses to the last pieces of literature we've read.

Coverage and Timeliness:

Oats Out...Moving on In: This blog was based on my response to the play "The Bear." I thought it was a funny play and the protagonist's final words made me wonder about some things.

Nothing New.: This was written on chapter 7 in Robert's Writing About Literature Book. I thought this was slightly repetitive.

Woahhhhh, Easy Browning!: I was surprised at how far Robert Browning took his poem Porphyria's Lover.

You're An English Major? Why?: I get upset when people ask me this question. My answer is written in that blog.

The Ghost of Economic Hardship: This was my initial response to A Christmas Carol. I thought Dickens sent out several messages about the his economy at the time.

Religion and Forgiveness: This blog was about the many religious undertones I found in A Christmas Carol.

Subliminal Messages: This is the last blog regarding chapters 10 and 16 in Writing About Literature by Edgar Roberts. I explain how I feel both chapters relate to each other and what I have learned from the authors we've read and how it helped my writing.

Depth: These blogs I had a little more to say than usual.

You're An English Major? Why?
Religion and Forgiveness
The Ghost of Economic Hardship:

Subliminal Messages

Interaction and Discussion: I put these two together because I feel for there to be discussions there must be interactions among bloggers.

Oats Out... Moving On In.
Woahhhhh Easy, Browning!
The Ghost of Economic Hardship

Xenoblogging: Its the end of the semester and I think I have finally figured out what this term means. Here's my attempt...

Selfishness Prevails: This blog was written by Karyssa Blair and after she read my blog she had new thoughts on A Christmas Carol. We were able to talk about both of our blogs in class because of the discussion we had through blogging.


You're an English Major? Why?: I chose this blog because not only because I originally used the possessive 'your' instead of the contraction 'you're' in my title (Thanks Dr. Jerz :-) ) but I chose this blog because I get irritated when people ask me this question and this is my answer. If anyone ever asks me again, I can refer them to my blog.


Religion and Forgiveness

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So after finishing the book I came to the conclusion that this isn't necessarily a Christmas story. I think it could of been placed in any other time of the year and functioned. However, I do find several christian messages throughout the story. The fact that spirits visit him and show him what could happen to his soul is an indicator of the after life. I grew up Catholic and I was always engrained with the idea that you need to be a good person on earth in order for my soul to go to heaven and be with God after I die. Also, I think in the last stave when he visits his nephew and the narrator describes it as

"Let him in! It is a mercy he didn't shake his arm off. He was at home in five minutes. Nothing could be heartier. His niece looked just the same."

I think their reaction was really forgiving. Everyone welcomed him and was happy to see his turn around. I think many people today would question someone's intention but they didn't. The final line "God bless Us, Every One!" was referring to 'everyone' including Scrooge. I think Scrooge realized he could repent his sins, change his life and seek forgiveness. Aside from the economical issues in this story, I feel its also about forgiveness.

Final Portfolio 3

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This is my third and final blog portfolio for American Literature. Most of my blogs contain thoughts, reactions, and questions I've had about the works of literature we've read during this portion of the course.

Coverage and Timeliness"

Same Problem, New Century: This blog was my response to an essay written by Steven Mallioux titled, "The Bad Boy Boom" regarding the reaction people had to Mark Twain's novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Tom is a Villain: This blog was mainly about how I felt Tom was a racist villain in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Fun and Games for Tom: This was my reaction to a quote from an article written by Kevin Michael Scott. It's about entering Tom Sawyers mind and trying to figure out where his character is coming from and why.

Its Complicated: The question of whether Samuel Clemens was racist or not comes up frequently for readers of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and this is my response to that question.

The Voice of Reason: I took a quote from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and talked about Jim's intentions throughout the novel.

Shame on You Huck: In this blog I felt was kind of a push over and should have been honest and spoken up more often.

Thanks but NO Thanks: This was my last blog about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. By the end of the novel, I think Huck has become aware of his society.

So The Shoes Were Silver: I couldn't help but connect the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to the movie. However, I did mention some of the differences I found in the book and perhaps their connections to the outside word?

Depth: These blogs I felt I had a little more to say than usual. Whether it raised any questions, you be the judge.

Same Problem, New Century.

Tom is a Villain

Its Complicated


Same Problem, New Century.

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Kayla Lesko on The Ghost of Economic Hardships: It seems that most adaptions o
Kayla Lesko on So The Shoes Were Silver...: I'm not a fan of the movie eit
Dianna Griffin on Religion and Forgiveness : When thinking about this story
Dianna Griffin on Oats...Out, Moving on...In: That's so true. I did not eve
Brooke Kuehn on Religion and Forgiveness : I am also Christian, but i thi
Gladys Mares on Oats...Out, Moving on...In: Yeah your right. Unfortunately
Carissa Altizer on The Ghost of Economic Hardships: I wonder where Scrooge would h
Jessica Orlowski on The Ghost of Economic Hardships: Now that you say that, Gladys,
Gladys Mares on The Ghost of Economic Hardships: I didn't even think about Scro
Karyssa Blair on The Ghost of Economic Hardships: Sorry, I should have given a l