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The little things...

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"HENRI, sudden sharpness: It is true, Felix! And the symptom of course is orange hair." (Miller 12).

I really liked a lot of the little references to things throughout the play. For example the quote above means that the children are suffering from malnutrition because one side effect of malnutrition is orange hair. This also clues you in that this play is not taking place in America, but in an unidentified Latin American country which I probably would not have figure out if I did not read the back cover before I started reading the play. I liked how <a href="http://blogs.setonhill.edu/AjaHannah/2009/04/mullments_with_jesus.html">Aja</a> mentioned that fact that because this is American Lit you expect the setting to be America, but in this particular novel, that is not the case.

I also liked the dramatic imagery of a Jesus figure with all of the talk about crucifixion and the fact that Henri says that the people think of him as "The Messiah, the son of god!" (Miller 17).

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How it feels.

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"How does it feel? How does it feel?" (Niffenegger 1)

This book is an easy read and I am enjoying t very much. It is very light-hearted and different from all the other books we have read. I particularly liked the Prologue of the Book The Time Traveler's Wife. I really enjoyed how everything was described and worded and it made me fell like I actually knew what he was feeling. Niffenegger used great detail and it drew me in and made me want to continue to read how he dealt with the condition.

Another thing I liked about the book is that it is written from two different points of view. It made me understand what was going on a lot better and it helped me enjoy the book more. I liked seeing both sides of the story and how they both view each event.

How did you feel about it being told from two different points of view?

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Different depending on the era?

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"Besides, he admits in a famous essay on the crafting of the novel that he really has no knowledge of nineteenth-century lovemaking, and in depicting sex between a Victorian man and woman what he's really writing is 'science fiction'" (Foster 145-146).

I found this quote interesting because I was under the impression that no matter the time period, sex was still the same as it is now. Is it really right to call writing a sex scene about a different era "science fiction"? Personally, I don't think so.

I really don't think that sex could be that much different in the Victorian age than it is now. I'm sure it's not exactly the same as we see it now, but I would think it would be similar. I know this is not Foster talking, but I feel like Fowles is giving himself too much credit fro writing a Victorian sex scene. It's like he wants us to think of him more highly for doing something that's different than something from the modern time.

Well, this is just my opinion, what do you think?

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Shapeshifter.

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While reading Invisible Man I couldn't help but still think about why the narrator is nameless. I know it is probably to heighten the fact that the character is invisible, but the more I read, the more I realized we really don't know anything about this character, he keeps changing.

"No, I thought, shifting my body, they're the same legs on which I've come so far from home. And yet they were somehow new. The new suit imparted a newness to me. It was the clothes and the new name and the circumstances. It was a newness too subtle to put into thought,but there it was. I was becoming someone else" (335).

When I read this quote in chapter 16, it heightened my idea that the character was more of a shapeshifter type of character. Also, I found this quote to dramatize the idea that joining the brotherhood really did change the narrator into a different person. Did anybody else feel this way about it?

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Less dry.

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I liked this article much better than the first one we read. One reason is because I found it less dry and I think I also enjoyed it more because I like the book Invisible Man a whole lot better than Grapes of Wrath so I remembered the parts in the book he was referencing more vividly. Another reason I like this article more was because I found it related to the book a lot more than the last one. The one on Grapes of Wrath seemed to be more about nature than actually relating anything to the book.

"In the end, the speech is fabulously successful; after finding his point of
"contact" within an otherwise inscrutable mass of listeners, the protagonist
delivers a virtuoso spoken performance drawing its strength from the audience's
enthusiastic participation. The format of his speech is, in a way, generic:"I
had to fall back upon tradition and since it was a political meeting," the
narrator explains, "I selected one of the political techniques that I'd heard so
often at home" (Ellison 1981, 342). But more than strictly "political," his
chosen technique is also spiritual and musical, drawing upon a tradition of
call-and-response oration that also informs the improvisational styles of jazz
composition.' (76).

I really liked the connection to jazz music. I did notice sort of a musical style to his speeches but never really thought to relate it to jazz.

Overall, I enjoyed this article, but I have to agree with Aja's blog, I also got the names mixed up a couple times. How did you enjoy this article compared to the other?

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