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April 1, 2007

I tried, I really tried

O'Connor, "Good Country People" -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"Mrs. Hopewell thought of her as a child though she was thirty-two years old and highly educated"

Poor little girl who hides her rage behind
A mask of frozen ice, if only they
Could feel the outrage running through he mind.
They can't ever know what its like being her.

Intelligent where books are concerned, yet
when it comes to worldly affairs - clueless.
Taken advantage of when they first met
Innocence stolen finally fearless.

April 3, 2007

Raw Sex and Commas

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

"There are heroes and villains in this book. Oh, you never thought such could be possible? You never thought a book on punctuation could contain raw sex?"

Reading that part of the foreword made me very anxious to continue and get to the actual text. I know its juvenile of me to wonder how Truss is going to relate sex and villains to punctuation, but nevertheless it intrigued me. When first learning that this would be a book on punctuation I thought it would be rather dull and boring; however, from what I've read so far that hardly seems the case.

Visualize the semicolon

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

"Expectation is what these stops are about; expectation and elastic energy.Like internal springs, they propel you forward in a sentence towards more information..."

I never bothered to think of colons and semicolons that way, in fact I try not to think of them at all. As Truss likes to say there are millions of "sticklers" out there in the world who abhor the incorrect use of punctuation, and it seems I'm not one of them. However, Truss's book does a good way of allowing people to relate to punctuation, or to visualize its purposes at least.


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

"In forty years he has had no reason to use an exclamation mark! He has no idea what it is for." (133)

I chose that particular quote because like Perekladin I use exclamation marks with a bit of trepidation. I'm never really sure what qualifies for one unless I'm writing dialogue and I want someone to yell. The exclamation point is probably my least used form of punctuation. After reading Truss I'm no longer so afraid to place an exclamation point at the end of a sentence, as long as its fitting.

April 4, 2007

Blog Portfolio 2

Portfolio 2 -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

This is my Second blog portfolio to date. It contains the agenda items I have done on the reading, as well as comments I've left on my peers blogs, and reflection papers I have posted. This blog begins where the first one ended starting: February 23, 2007- Present

Coverage: This is a list of all the blogs I have done starting Feb. 23, 2007 - Present


Depth: This List contains blog entries in which I think I went a little deeper into the text, or perhaps ones in which I found something I could relate to


Interaction: Here our some of the blogs in which I've posted comments
Matt Henderson:
Margaret Jones:
Chera Pupi:
Jennifer Prex:

Discussions: Blogs I have posted that started a discussion


Timeliness: Blogs I completed well before they were due


Xenoblogging: This is the part where I list my peer's blogs in which I was the first to comment

Shayla Sorrells:
Bethany Bouchard:

April 15, 2007

Perpetuating the Cycle

O'Connor, "The Displaced Person" -- Jerz:

EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"He don't have time to rest himself in the bushes like them niggers over there."

This quote struck me because its the first meeting between Mrs. Shortley and the Guizacs, and they have just escaped the Holocaust where all these atrocities and injustices have occured, and one of the first things they are again confronted with is discrimination and racism. Mrs. Shortley has the audacity to worry about them bringing all this badness to the US when its already there and she's apart of it. They came to US because they had no where else to go, and were hoping to escape everything that they had been throuh and start over, and here they are in a place where people are not treated the same. I mean they even go as far as to tell Mr. Guizac that blacks can't be trusted becase they steal. So here Mrs. Shortley is spreading her prejudice which is what caused something like the Holocaust to happen in the first place.

Can't fight the cards dealt to us by fate- but we can try

Shakespeare, King Lear Acts 1,2 -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

" This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are sick in fortune - often the surfeit of our own behavior - we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars: as if we were villians of necessity..."
(Act 1, sc ii 121-125)

I chose this quote because it struck me as being true. When something goes wrong for us, or our lives don't pan out as we would have imagined, we blame the fates, for giving us such horrible luck. Or we blame those who have what we want, never really lokking at the true cause for our misfortune - ourselves. Now Edmund who is whining at the fact that he was born a bastard - which is no fault of his own, takes his fortune into his own hands and changes the cards dealt him. Although I don't aprove of his methods of trickery and backstabbing, he wasn't blaming that on the stars.

No Day But Today

Shakespeare, King Lear Acts 3-5 -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

" The weight of this sad time we must obey, Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say. The oldest hath borne most; we that our young shall never see so much, nor live so long.
(Act V, sc iii)

I think this is a very wise mantra to live by. Don't tell people what you think they want to har, or what you think is the right or proper thing to say, rather tell them what you personally thiknm and feel, becaause who knows when you'll get the chance to talk to them again. I also found it funny how enlightenment always occurs at the end after numerous people have died becuase they reached this realization to late ex. Lear and Gloster. I also liked the last half of the quote which states we as young adults, we can never fully have the knowledge of our elders, we'll never live through what they have lived through, which means we owe them that respect.

April 17, 2007

Green Man and Shakespeare

Kennedy, "Shakespare's King Lear" -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

" He was a symbol of fertility, copulation, and re-birth; he represented the endless cycle of nature, including mortality. "

I think that it was a great job done by Shakespeare to incorporate references to the Green Man in King Lear. What better way of showing the endless cycles of life and how that everyne in their time will experience a birth and a death. i think it was a great way of relating the concept to the audience and the reader. It somewhat makes the character of Lear easier to understand because we see him go through the stages and eventuality reach the inevitability of his mortality.

I'm Voting in the 2008 election

Zunder, "Shakespeare and the End of Feudalism..." -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

" What is the origin of this double sense that Shakespeare's generation were witnesses not only to the end of history but also to the inauguration of a new world orderof unparrelled rapaciousness; a sense that bears such an uncanny resembalance to our own postmodern condition?"

I chose this quote because it relates so wonderfully to the world we live in today. Not only in Shakespeare's time was the world changing politically, but also today in the 2008 election do we have another huge change embarking on us, that is going to alter our lives.

Blogging Checkpoint

Blogging Checkpoint -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)



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