January 31, 2005

Agenda item Bernice Bobs her Hair

The short story Bernice Bobs her hair, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald is really a universal truth about teen life. Even though times have changed since the jazz era, the secert lives that teenagers live are not that different; All girls secretly crave for the boys attention, thoughts of girls still constantly pervade the minds of strapping young men, and teens are still having premarital relations( it is referred to in the short story.) I think that Fitzgerald hit the hammer right on the head of the nail in his discriptions of the teen characters. He really did a good job on creating a character that objectived all of the teen sterotypes of his day, and ours. I must say that i really do agree with how he portrays society, for i feel that it is still operated in the same fashion. No matter how much society changes and how many barriers are broken, teen will always excude behavior similar to what is depicted in this book.

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January 30, 2005

Agenda item for "The Adding Machine"

The interesting play that is, The Adding Machine, by Elmer L. Rice, posed many questions about the significance of one's life. Rice openly invites the reader to make their value judgements about what just what does it exactly mean to be a moral person. He intrigues the reader by setting up a "paradise" in which all of the most devious people are found, something that any reader would not have fore guessed. At this point he readily engages the reader to evaluate whether or not these people acted morally wrong or if their actions were indeed justified.
Another question that i found posed by Rice was the significance of a name. In this play the character or Mr. Zero essentially is a "nobody" who is going nowhere in life. Is there a link here? Is Mr. Zero really a zero? I also really liked how all of the other characters possessed symbolic names such as the couples ranging from one until six. This really shows how everyone is essentially a mold of a model. Here are a group of people striving to stand out(the men where different wigs, the women different colors of dress) yet in reality they are really only pawns in the game of life.
This play, i thought, really hit on some of lifes biggest mysteries. Can we really leave a lasting impression on this world? Do our actions in this life come with penalities in the life thereafter. I thought this was a good read, and it really got me to critically think about life.

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