January 2009 Archives

Caption Obvious? I think so...

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After reading Foster's How to Read Literature Like a Professor I didn't learn anything new. To me, almost all of his statements that he made should be obvious to the reader, at least they are to me. One example of this come from page 2. After making up a story about a kid named Kip going to get bread and then running into 'obstacles' and people he knew, Foster then explains this wasn't just a mere bread run but that "a quest just happened." Really, I would have never guessed. A quest can be defined as an act or process of looking carefully for someone or something, so technically, just Kip going to get the bread could be defined as a quest even if he didn't run into the people he knew and had a "princess" becasue he was lokking for bread. Usually when someone moves they're going somewhere to meet someone and therefore are in a way searching for them so just walking doen the street could be considered a quest. But maybe I just think about things in a different way than other people.

Is it love?

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In the second chapter, there are many instances where they talk about how they have married people they don't really love. One quote that stuck out to me was when Mrs Wilson was talking to her sister on page 37 and said, "...most fellas will cheat you every time. All they think of is money." It brings across a point that at the time period most people just married mostly for money and not for love. So i begin to ask myself, are these people capable of loving one another?

Nothing Gold can Stay

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In Robert Frost's "Nothing Gold Can Stay" I believe he is talking about how nothing in this world stays perfect forever. The first two lines of this poem, "Nature's first green is gold, / Her hardest hue to hold." describe that even for nature it is hard to last forever. It also describes how we should not take everything for granted and should appreciate everything around us before it is gone.

Tree full of Goals

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To me it seems like the apples in the poem, After Apple Picking, seem to represent the writers goals. the lines "And there's a barrel that I didn't fill / Beside it, and there may be two or three / Apples I didn't pick upon some bough." This shows that he was trying to achieve as many goals as he could but didn't achieve everything he wanted to and left his goals still hanging on the tree. Also, in the poem it says that "For all / That struck the earth, / No matter if not bruised or spiked with stubble, / Went surely to the cider-apple heap / As of not worth" I take these fallen apples as being either goals that he tried and failed or goals that he once had but no longer had a desire to achieve.


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