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March 22, 2006

Temple of the Holy Ghost

O'Connor, '''A Temple of the Holy Ghost'' -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)


"I don't dispute it. This is the way he wanted me to be."

This young 12 year old was very intelligent and she and everyone around her knew it. How many twelve year olds would be able to make sense of this comment made by the "freak" at the fair?? She was very cunning which was obvious how she convinced her cousins to share the story at the fair. I want to say that this child was just a snotty child, but she really was smart. Even at 12, she knew how foolish suzan and joanne were.

Seriously, Suzan and Joanne had to of been pretty dumb to not question the child's comment that the bunny spit 6 babies out of her mouth!

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March 20, 2006

A Stroke Of Good Fortune

O'Connor, ''A Stroke of Good Fortune'' -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)


I realized that I forgot to post a quote. I was too busy just writing haha.

"There was a pain in her stomach. It was a pain like a pieceof something pushing something else."

This story, in my opinion, was different from the previous O'Connor one's we have read. First of all, it wasn't as southern which I liked because I can't take too much of the southern way of talking haha.

Okay, this story seemed more straight forward compared to the others. It also wasn't as depressing, I must admit, that I did not out 2 and 2 together when it was mentioned earlier in the story about how she felt like something was inside her so she thought of cancer.

This story is strange, Ruby really seemed more content with the thought of having cancer than having a child. She kept saying how he brother was one of the reasons her mother began to die. It was because of her other children that have died that deadened her, Ironically, she had nothing to do with it!

The thing with the story is that it seems so simple: woman is very bad at judging, is scared of the doctors, and afraid of getting old.

Why is she so afraid of getting old? Usually people say,
"My kids keep me young and going."

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A Stroke of Good Fortune

O'Connor, ''A Stroke of Good Fortune'' -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

This story, in my opinion, was different from the previous O'Connor one's we have read. First of all, it wasn't as southern which I liked because I can't take too much of the southern way of talking haha.

Okay, this story seemed more straight forward compared to the others. It also wasn't as depressing, I must admit, that I did not out 2 and 2 together when it was mentioned earlier in the story about how she felt like something was inside her so she thought of cancer.

This story is strange, Ruby really seemed more content with the thought of having cancer than having a child. She kept saying how he brother was one of the reasons her mother began to die. It was because of her other children that have died that deadened her, Ironically, she had nothing to do with it!

The thing with the story is that it seems so simple: woman is very bad at judging, is scared of the doctors, and afraid of getting old.

Why is she so afraid of getting old? Usually people say,
"My kids keep me young and going."

Posted by OnileeSmith at 5:44 PM | Comments (0)

March 13, 2006

The Life You Save May Be Your Own

O'Connor, ''The Life You Save May Be Your Own'' -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)


I seriously do not understand this story. I do not understand the significance of the title. Who's life is saved? What happened to the daughter? I don't understand.

I think it is funny how the woman trusted this man and look what happened. However, this wouldnt have happened if the woman hadn't pushed for it. Why did she want her daughter to marry in the first place?? She should have just been happy with the man doing the work for her.

I also don't understand the scene with the hitchhiker?

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Chapter 18

Roberts, Ch 18 -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

Since the demonstrative essay includedsopme of chapter 18, I already blogged on this.

I did alot of this in high school. It is this stuff that I am pretty good at. Unfortunately, I wishe that high school would have aided in things that we are doing this this class so taht it wouldnt be so hard.

One of the most important facts in this chapater 18 I think is that when one is note taking, one should paraphrase. It is I agree one of the first steps in writing but it is also a good way to stop from copying one's work.

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Demonstrative Essay 254-263

Demonstrative Research Essay -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)


"With research, our understanding and our civilization grow; without it, they die."

I find this very intriguing. This is one of the truest statements I have ever read. However, I have never really thought about it. In as far back as elementary school, when I had history class, it was like research. However, it was aided by a teacher. If I hadn't been given that knowledge, I would not know about it. This is true to every day life. If one doesn't search for meaning in something, there isn't any. This is very interesting.

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The River

O'Connor, ''The River'' -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

"He hadn't taken a suitcase because there was nothing there he wanted to keep."

This story is really sad. Harry was only 4 or 5 but still knew that he was unhappy. His parents were good for nothing. They were just drunks. However, like the first story, this is hard to understand.

It is funny how when "harry" went looking again for the River, the author started to call him Bevel again. Then the man names Mr. "Paradise" is the one that caused Bevel to be taken by the river like he wanted.

I know this is a story, but this poor little boy was told something that was easily taken wrong. He was too young to understand.

It was sad how he wanted to count and he told his mom that he counts now. Obviously, his parents do not make him feel like he counts if they wake up at 1 in the afternoon and he has to break his toys to get new ones.

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A Good Man Is Hrd to Find

O'Connor, ''A Good Man Is Hard to Find'' -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)


I was very dumbfounded when i read this. It is almost hard to to fit together.

"Because I can't make what all I dont wrong fit what all I gone through in punishment."

This man is cazy. However, I can't figure him out. It is funny how he says he can't remember what all he has done wrong. He has convinced himself that he hasnt done anything. Like, I am sure he did kill his father, yet he has created a story that his dad died from the flu.

It is very funny how because the grandmother made a mistake, they ran into the Misfit. It is weird how it seems like the family really doesnt care much for grandma. It is like she is a pain in their butts lol.

Then the cat is the reason for the accident which also was responsible for their meeting with the misfit. It is funny because everythig seems to be grandma's fault.

See, I keep jumping around becase to me that is what this story does. Then, the title is a good man is hard to find. I really don't understand this title much with the story. The way that the son talked to his mother shows that not even the son was a very good man. You do not talk to your mom like that.

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The Great Gatsby and The Sims

Academic Article TBA -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

"In both worlds the family and the elderly lose out to the desire and careers of the young."

This is not one of the best points in this article, however, I found it one of the most true. When i was reading The Great Gatsby, I found it strange how Tom and Daisy's daughter was hardly mentioned at all. Like this article states, it is as if the daughter is just a symbol of completed marriage and family.

The daughter is just a completion of "a family" like in the sims. If one wants to complete a home, stick a baby in it. How crazy but true in this novel. The daughter is of no greater inportants than the final member of a "family."

I thought the observation of the elders was true also. There were hardly any elders in this novel because they are not important. It is the younger generation that is important in building a society.

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March 1, 2006

Paper 1

I am not at this moment sure what I am doing my paper on.

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Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby by Kumamoto

Article: Kumamoto -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

"From such egg and fowl lore of antiquity, one can infer Fitxgerald's intertextual ambition to heighten the irreconcilable social gap between West Egg, with a chauffer clad "In a uniform of robin's egg blue," and East Egg, "with a single green light."

Alright, so, Obviously this is a true comparrison. However, I still am puzzled if this article is true. Gatsby was of money, whether illegally earned or not, and therefore, west egg was that of high social class. Everyone came to his parties.

Robin's egg blue which was mentioned is a beautiful color. The color green mentioned for East Egg does not give one such a sense of beauty. Tom was wealthy also. So to say that this was comparing social classes, does not make much sense to me. They both were obviously wealthy areas.

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