September 2009 Archives

Nothing Is Ever Guaranteed

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"that it were wronging the very nature of woman to force her to lay open her heart's secret in such broad daylight and in the presence of so great a multitude" (pp 61)

Women are thought of as discrete and researved creatures. Any evidence of an existing love life should be limited to only a passing thought or wonder. So to ask a woman publicly, who knew the path to her heart, who she loves, who she feels knows her beyond the suface, can fully well be seen as a complete disregard for everything a woman represents. Because a woman's reputation is so fragile, its takes a great deal of strength and trust for her to openly express and declear feelings for a man when nothing in life is guarenteed, including everlasting love.    


The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (Ch.1-6)

American Literature 1800-1915 Blogging Portfolio 1

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 Coverage-A list of blogs complete thus far.

Useless Optimism: The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allen Poe

More than Just A Dream: An Awareness:Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nothing Is Ever Guaranteed: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Never Saw that Relation Until Now: How to Read Literature Like a Professor

Blindsighted by Shakespeare: How to Read Literature Like a Professor

The Bigger Picture: How to Read Literature Like a Professor

Sharing the Entrails of One's Soul: How to Read Literature Like a Professor

Scared and Confused: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte P. Gilman



More than Just A Dream: An Awareness

The Bigger Picture

Sharing the Entrails of One's Soul

Nothing is Ever Guaranteed 


Sharing the Entrails of One's Soul

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"Violence is one of the most personal and even intimate acts between human beings" (pp.88)


Violence is really found throughout literature. It creates drama and meaning seperate from the story within itself. Foster states that "violence is one of the most personal and even intimate acts between human beings" and he is right. To commit an act of violence is of such grave significance and holds so much weight that it cannot be ignored. Murder for instance, is not something simply done. One might argue that if someone is deranged there is no thought process going on but merely impulse, so there is nothing to add that personal factor. I think not. Yes, there may not be any thoughts behind the act just simple execution but the matter of the fact is that that individual's state is the complexity factor. With others, however, with whom do think about and contemplate their actions prior to, during and even after creates a more clear example. When committing such an act of disregard for the essence and beauty of life, is to show and share with that person one's true self. You share with them the contents of your soul creating that intimate connection.

How to Read Literature Like a Professor (Interlude-Ch. 11 & 12) 

Scared and Confused !?!

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"He said that after the wall-paper was changed it would be the heavy bedstead, and then the barred windows, and then that gate at the head of the stairs and so on." (pp.2)


Is it just me or does it sound as if the the narrator is being held somewhere in an abondoned building or something. There is something oh so strange about many of the details in this story. From the descriptions and the diction in which the she wrote her journal freaked me out completely. So many questions where running through my mind that I did not want to go to sleep. She described "rings and things in the walls" and I wandered whether they were meant to chain her to the wall but I just scrathed that as maybe being from something the previous owners had on the wall. Then she stated her husband is away all day and "even some nights when his cases are serious". This shot off some alarms. Is there another woman? What is really going on? Yet she is glad her case is not serious but I think differently, it seems her case is extremely serious. Her husband is trying to convince her that her situation is becoming better when it is clear it is going in the complete opposite direction. That caused me to wonder if he really cared or no,t but that did knock me with this story. It was more like when she stated their was a cage at the top of the stairs. At this point I was convinced there is something a bit strange about some of the motives and reasoning of some and the mindset of the narrator.


"The Yellow Wallpaper" (1899)-Charlotte P. Gilman

The Bigger Picture

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"four great struggles of the human being: with nature, the divine, with other humans, and with ourselves" (pp.71)

In most stories one of these four are often seen underneath the plot lending to an understanding of the main character and their behavior. Unconciously readers are able to relate to the protagonist because in some fashion they have had to suffer through the same type of stuggle. This is most likely due to fact that the struggle of man versus nature, man and the divine are all in some way a part of the bigger struggle of man versus self. In order for man to defeat this struggle is to in an essence be comfortable with not only what others and the world sees you as but with what one sees and thinks of oneself. To truly be able to face ones own reflection, the reflection of ones soul and be satisfied with the way you as a person lives your life and that is impossible to do with out conquering some battles to prepare for the war.

How to Read Literature Like a Professor (Ch. 8, 9,10)

More than Just A Dream: An Awareness

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"then did Goodman Brown turn pale, dreading lest the roof should thunder down upon the gray blasphemer and his bearers"

It seems to me that Goodman Brown knows more than he wants to. It is almost as if he has witnessed the wrongs done and knows exactly who is doing this wrong. Its obviously afecting his subconcious if he is having continuous dreams about these creative fantasy characters. I don't think that he actually went into the woods and experienced these impossible events but that he is dreaming these events as a way of his mind telling him he knows the difference between right and wrong so utilize it and do not fall into the same web as everyone else.

Young Goodman Brown

Blindsighted by Shakespeare

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"the more we know of his plays, the more solidly our responses are locked in."

This particular phrase is so true. Whenever you read a piece of literature, a common and most frequently noticed comparison or allusion would be that being related to one of Shakespeare's timeless works. Because one recognizes the relation to Shakespeare and is comfortable with the amount of knowledge they have about that Shakespearean piece, they reject all other options for comparison because one feels best equiped to defend that comparison instead of a less familar although equally comparative and similar piece.

How to Read Literature Like a Professor (CH 5-7)

Never Saw That Relation Until Now

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"But you don't need fangs and a cape to be a vampire." (pp.19)

I never really saw the characteristics of a vampire story before. I mean in a sense to compare them to a character that is being portrayed as not a literal vampire.I always recognized the old corrupt figure and innocent female but never put two and two together. It never dawned upon me to make this connection outside of this whole blood thursty picture. After reading this chapter I realized that although I can't pinpoint the exact story but I'm pretty sure I have read other stories before that showed similar characteristics.

How to Read Literature Like a Professor (Intro to Ch.3)

Useless Optimism

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"Blood was its Avatar and its seal" (pp.3) was one of the opening sentences used to describe the unbeatable Red Death. The same Red Death that was kept as a constant reminder throughout the entire story by the very details that were intended to protect against it. And due to this recurring theme of inescapable darkness, it was clear that by the ending of this tale, death would have taken its place once again as an inevitable fate.

This quote being part of the first characteristics used to describe the Red Death made its stand from the beginning letting everyone know that this death is not something you defeat or must lest take for granted.

Red Death


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