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You're Simple

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"Besides the neutral expression that she wore when she was alone, Mrs. Freeman had two others, forward and rerverse, that she used for all her human dealings" (167).

I think Mrs. Freeman was the smartest person in this story because she didn't see things in just one way as Mrs. Hopewell did or Hulga/Joy did. This passage shows that she kept up with things, people, or places, she was not naive and thought outside what most people around her thought. When it says that she thought forward, I think this shows that she really looks at people and isn't fooled easily. She looks beyond the surface. As in the end when Mrs. Hopewell talks about the world being better if more people were simple, Mrs. Freeman says that "some people can't be that simple...I know I never could" (195). Today, it's an insult to be told that you're simple. It means you're narrow-minded and don't have much common sense. This idea of common sense shows significance in Mrs. Hopewell saying that Mrs. Freeman's daughters had common sense. They get this from their mother, Mrs. Freeman. I think the real good country person in this story is Mrs. Freeman.

That Magical Place, but there is no magical place

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" 'Where'd you have to go?' she asked. She leaned a little closer and got a whiff of him that was like putting her nose under a buzzard's wing. 'Into my heart,' he said, placing his hand over it. 'Oh.' Ruby moved back. 'I gotta be going.' " (71).

Ruby was reluctant and irritated when Mr. Jerger was talking to her, but as soon as he mentioned finding the fountain of youth, she became interested. She wanted him to answer her by saying it's an actual place, something she can actually touch. But when he told her its something mental, she didn't care anymore. I think this shows that she really doesn't have good self-esteem and is not willing to find her inner beauty. I think she's too focused on her brother Rufus and how he ruined their mother, that she can't see anything positive in herself. She wastes so much time comparing herself to her mother when she could be happy by having a family of her own.

Lost Souls

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"What the Misfit fears is the mystery of love, the demands of love wich the grandmother mysteriously responded to when faced with the criminal's suffering, and her own impending death."

I chose this passage because this is how I feel about the Misfit. He's a lost soul and does not know what to do with his desires. He chooses evil instead, which is what most lost souls do. They're separated from good. This refers back to Adam and Eve. The snake deceived them, but they would not have been deceived if they would have had more solid beliefs and understandings of themselves.

So Much More

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"Regardless of your major, however, remember: Your major is not you. Nor is your future determined or limited by your major" (Lemire, Chapter 9, 183).

This sparked a sense of relief within me when I read this passage. Sometimes during my classes which I am taking for my major, I feel like I'm stuck even though I'm doing what I want to do. I don't ever want people to think that all I'm about is teaching and english. There is so much more to me than my major. I think that your major doesn't even define you, but what you contribute to that particular major is what partly defines you. I want to be a teacher, but I also would love to pursue some of the many opportunites mentioned in Lemire's book. I also wouldn't mind taking some art classes and painting and actually displaying my work. I also would like to speak publicly. I love to sing, dance, and act, so those are others things I never want to stop thinking about. I understand I couldn't do it all at once, but I refuse to drop other things because of my major all at once.

What It's Come To...

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"This one is shorter than Wal Mart's and apparently aimed at a rougher crowd: Am I more or less likely than other people to get into fist fights? Are there situations in which dealing cocaine is not a crime?" (126).

Some of these questions just scream stereotype. I understand that there is reason behind asking these questions. The reason is probably that these incidents did occur. However, these questions make it so obvious that what the person is applying for is not professional. Whoever wrote these questions just assumes that everyone applying to a low-wage job is going to cause trouble and won't take the job seriously. I also think these questions insult one's intelligence because the "right" answer is quite obvious. There are people though who would seriously ponder these questions, which is sad and proves the point these questions are trying to make. That should not matter because it is not fair to the other people applying. I just think that these questions are a joke for a job application.

Out of Order

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"The selection and the order of the details in a literary work are crucial to its meaning and tone" (Hamilton 99).

I think this is one of the biggest errors that I make when writing. I get so caught up in my thoughts that I forget to prioritize their order. It's okay to just start writing your thoughts down and not thinking of any particular order, but it's definitely important to go back and check your work. A whole new meaning could come about if the order is out of place. If it's out of order, then it doesn't work.

Small Job=Big Appreciation

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"I rush home to the Blue Haven at the end of the day, pull down the blinds for privacy, srip off my uniform in the kitchen-the bathroom being too small for both a person and her discarded clothes-and stand in the shower for a good ten minutes, thinking all this water is mine" (85).

People who make alot of money at jobs where other people admire and appreciate them, they tend to take what they have for granted. They don't really think about little things they have earned, such as running water or working electricity. In a job where you live off by weekly paycheck, you tend to be more concious of everything you use that money for.

Lifelong Learning

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"Most of all, if you yourself like to learn-if you love that feeling, that intellectual and emotional sensation, when something complex suddenly becomes simple or when something unfamiliar suddenly becomes familiar-and you like the idea of sharing that experience eith someone else, then you score another point" (Lemire 16).

When I read this quote, I thought to myself, "wow this really sums up how I feel about wanting to become a teacher." I love being in a learning environment. As I'm in my education courses now at school, I feel even more confident that it is what I want to do. I've wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember, and I also have always had a love for reading and writing. I plan to start out small in a preschool, and then I'd like to teach third or fourth grade, and eventually move on to highschool.

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