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He's Blind for a Reason, You Know

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Chapter 22
He's Blind for a Reason, You Know

I liked this chapter a lot. I read Oedipus Rex when I was in high school and I loved it. Everything that I read in this chapter was something I already knew though. When dissecting the work when I first read it, I was told to look for all the references to sight and lack thereof. There is always a second and deeper meaning to blindness.

When Foster mentions that some authors bring in a blind character to make the point more obvious it all started to click for me. The fact that most people do not close read literature and if you want to make a point you're going to have to take all of your readers into consideration and go with overkill. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.


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portfolio one

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Blogging is hard for me to keep up with, but after looking deeply into my work I think I have finally got something for my portfolio.

Coverage: Tom Joad is the man

Timeliness: the roaring twenties

Interaction: comment to ashley

Depth: the roaring twenties
Flo Rida and Marilyn Manson

Discussion: comment to ashley

comment to ashley

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That's an interesting point you make about the rain. I forgot about the Foster reading saying that rain was always a symbol for something. It's funny how different we both view the rain though. In general, I see the rain as a symbolism for something bad, in the sense that they sky is grey, it's cold outside, and there is not much you can do about it. On rainy days, I am usually cooped up in the house all day wishing I could go outside and do something. (I always think of the "Cat in the Hat" when the children are bored with the rainy day the Cat comes and stirs up all sorts of trouble.) That doesn't mean I disagree with you entirely. I can see where you might be positive about it. I mean in the end of the "Lion King" the rain brings new life after a huge fire.

Tom Joad is the man

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I found chapter 28 of "The Grapes of Wrath" thrilling, especially on page 563 when one hears of how Ruthie reacts when someone grabs her box of Cracker Jacks. She spills about all that Tom has done and how is hiding now. This was stimulating for me because you can see how the characters throughout the book have transformed especially Tom Joad, who has become a man trying to take the future into his own hands. By the end of the chapter one can see how Tom calms his mother's fears about him dying in the workers' movement. The small amount of hope that he gives mother is the most influential thing he does throughout the whole work.

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One part of the "Grapes of Wrath," that I found appealing was in chapter 20 when Tom is told about Floyd Knowles, and how he must "bull-simply" when he stumbles upon the police. How one must ramble and convince the police that you are just a blubbering fool and unthreatening.
This small part was humorous to me because how often do we do this in our own lives? I know that I have pulled the "I don't know what you are talking about" card plenty of times, to get myself out of trouble. Throughout high school, pretending that I didn't know when that we had homework; and even to get myself out of trouble saying that I didn't know that I was breaking any rules by staying out later than my curfew. To be honest, sometimes this works, and I found is pretty exciting that the concept could be found in a classic literary work.

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Flo Rida and Marilyn Manson ...

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I found the whole concept that there is only one story ever written intriguing. At first I had a hard time sitting down and realizing that it was true, but towards the end of the chapter there is a reference to music. "One of our great storytellers, country singer Willie Nelson, was sitting around one day just nooddling on the guitar, improvising melodies he'd never written down, never heard in quite those forms. His companion, a nonmusician whose name I forget, asked him how he could come up with all those tunes, "They're all around us," old Willies said. "You just reach up and pick them out of the air."  This I found inspiring because if you think about it there are a lot of newer bands that are just putting a new twist to classic songs. I know that two opposite artiest, Flo Rida and Marilyn Manson, have both redone the song "you spin me right round." That is just one example of how the music industry is reusing its resources to create a new sound. This concept can be applied to stories, and when you think about it makes perfect sense.

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