January 29, 2004

Bernice...NO!!!! MARJORIE!!!

Ok. Usually I don't comment on the outcome of classes for the day, but today's Intro to Lit class was absolutely insane! For those of you who aren't in the class we were discussing the short story "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" by F. Scott Fitzgerald and who was the stronger character, Bernice or Marjorie.

The class began like any other class we have had since the beginning of the semester. We passed in our homework and Dr. Jerz split us up into three groups by counting in threes and in these groups we discussed the questions placed on the board. Well, in my group it was a little bit lop sided because three of our member (who shall remain nameless) had not read the story, however those of us who had discussed the topics and gave our group mates a chance to catch up a bit. We made some very interesting points and I was really pleased as to the way the conversation was progressing.

Well, as all good things must come to an end so did this small group time and here is where the class starts to heat up a bit. Our little groups were now to discuss with the whole class what we had talked about in the group. Dr. Jerz decided to start off by asking the question , "Who was the stronger character? What are some of the qualites Bernice and Majorie displayed?" (Sorry Dr. Jerz if I mess up that question.)

It was a heated debate to say the least. Jason Pugh and Karissa Kilgore started off with their opposing views on the subject. Jay believed that Majorie was the stronger, however Karissa believed that it was Bernice. I happen to agree with Jay on this one, but others in the class were highly opposed. I can barely remember what was said on either side except that both sides had strong arguments, and by the end of the class Dr. Jerz had to quickly cut off the debate as anger began to come alive in the friendly class discussion.

If you ask some people that were in the class what they thought, some might say that they were frightened, as most did say during class. Others might tell you that it was the best class they had ever had. Myself...I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!! Even though I didn't get to finish a lot of what I had to say because of the stronger willed and more verbal students in the class, I was completely engrossed in the debates for both sides. By the end of the class I still believed that Marjorie was the stronger willed, but I have had a lot to think about in defense to Bernice. She wasn't quite the whiner I made her out to be. I can say that I am looking forward to more classes of this nature. I had an amazing time last semester in my EL 250 class with Dr. Lynn Conroy, and today's lesson reminded me a lot about that class. When leaving I felt incredibly drained, but enriched in a way too because I know that this is only the first in many classes like it.

Posted by Tiffany Brattina at January 29, 2004 7:13 PM

Typically, I am one of the engrossed in these sorts of discussions; although, I tend to compose myself a bit more than was exhibited in class today when presenting my side of a debate. It's fun to watch people get excited about such fascinating topics, and that's precisely what I did today--I watched. I decided that I wouldn't say anything until I had thoroughly formed something to say in my mind.

If I may bring up a provoking thought: I noticed today that those who were rare speakers in the journalism class last semester made a bit of a show in class today...

Posted by: Karissa at January 29, 2004 9:03 PM

I think you may be correct in that assumption...:-)


Posted by: Tiffany at January 29, 2004 9:58 PM

You did sit idly by, Karissa. No one was there to help diffuse my "inner light" comment. :-DDDDD See all you people out there? I can laugh at myself!!!

Posted by: Amanda at January 29, 2004 11:12 PM
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