February 22, 2005

Machinal

This play was a little confusing for me. However i couldn't help but relate to the young woman in this play. She appealed to me so much. Maybe its because i'm a feminist and i felt her sympathy ...i'm not sure...But being an experimental play i found that all the repetition worked. It added to everything becoming mechanized. As for the young woman, i know that i really cannot relate to her, but Treadwell did a great job creating this play that i felt for her, and for some brief seconds i did fell as if i did relate to her.

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February 15, 2005

The many faces of Nick Carraway

The second half of this novel threw many surprises at me, and the most surprising was the character change of Nick. I admit that before class last week i did not see Nick as a manipulative character, however during class i changed my mind. But in this second half, he came across to me as kind and a little vulnerable. I got the impression that he kinda cared about Gatsby. He was worried about him, and he had a feeling that something was going wrong the day after Myrtles murder. He even says that he called him and tried to concentrate, and it was only just noon. His character really changes when hes trying to locate all of Gatsby's friends to come to the funeral. I mean i think Nick just felt bad, but nobody would have tried as hard as Nick if they sincerely didn't care about them. It was just really interesting to me that Nick in a sense got manipulated. He fell for Gatsby and i think that is shown by his devotion to him by attending the funeral. Wolfsheim doesn't even attend the funeral, and he was his closest friend. I'm still not sure exactly how i feel about Nick's character, but i do feel that he did alot of changing.

Also, with the whole concept of Gatsby is God, i agree especially with the concept of Gatsby dying for Daisy's sin. This idea couldn't be more clearer that Gatsby is in fact God.

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February 8, 2005

Agenda item for The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald does a good job of using nature and the weather in his settings througout his novel, The Great Gatsby. In the first chapter this is particularly evident. In the scene when Nick visits the Buchanans the setting is very beautiful. It is almost the second longest day of the year. Is this set up to mirror how Daisy feels about her and Toms marriage? It seems like Daisy feels like theri marriage just drags on. She says that she wants to celebrate the longest day but alwasy forgets. Maybe this in some way parallels her marriage. She wants to love and celebrate Tom, however she can not do so. Also it was just a beautiful summer day. This i feel, is mocking the Buchanans relationship. A dark rainy day is what the reader may expect but Fitzgerald picks a sunny day, which i think better illustrates his point.
Another instance where Fitzgerald uses the setting to illustrate his point is when Nick arrives at home after leaving the Buchanans for the first time. His mind is completely filled with many thoughts. He is unnerved about all that he has learned about Daisy and Tom. Fitzgerald creates a restless night or what he calls, unquiet darkness. In this scene the atmosphere parallels what the characters are actually feeling. Not only is Nick uneasy but Gatsby is uneasy as well, for he was staring off into the distance at a pale green light.
Fitzgerald does a great job of integrating the setting into the plot of the story.

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