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Foster (Intro Ch1)

From this passage, I learned that almost all works of literature have a mold that they fit into. The passage taught me that literature professors typically decide which mold something fits into, and read it in that way. Foster’s comparison of characters in the story about the sixteen-year-old to a knight on his quest to earn the love of the princess through the Holy Grail taught me that almost any story follows this format in one way or another. I found this to be interesting because I do not compare literature to basic formats like this when I am reading, and I had never considered doing so. However, this seems to make works more intriguing and I plan to put it to practice. The conclusion of the passage was interesting as well, as Forster points out that “rights” and “wrongs” do not exist in literature. One of my  high school English teachers seemed to dislike any opinion that did not match her own, and I am glad that I am breaking away from that mentality in college literature courses.

Source: Foster (Intro Ch1)

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The Proposal (Chekhov)

In The Proposal (Chekhov) I noticed this passage: ”

NATALYA STEPANOVNA: But … still you will admit now that Guess is worse than Squeezer.

LOMOV: Better!

NATALYA STEPANOVNA: Worse!

CHUBUKOV: Well, that’s a way to start your family bliss! Have some champagne!

LOMOV: He’s better!

NATALYA STEPANOVNA: Worse! worse! worse!

CHUBUKOV: [Trying to shout her down] Champagne! Champagne!

I found this to be interesting because it shows the depth of the relationships. Even after the long argument, it shows that the everyone is still stubborn and firm in their own opinions. If I were called on in class, I would explain that this passage defines the relationships among all of the characters in the simplest way possible.

Source: The Proposal (Chekhov)

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Catholic Social Teaching

In Catholic Social Teaching I noticed this passage: “This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored” under Care for God’s Creation. I find it interesting that some Catholics reject science, while care for the planet is part of the Catholic Social Teaching. I also found the sentence “A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring” interesting because I had never thought of this as a moral test, but it truly is the best way of doing so.

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Trifles (Susan Glaspell)

“MRS HALE: I might have known she needed help! I know how things can be—for women. I tell you, it’s queer, Mrs Peters. We live close together and we live far apart. We all go through the same things—it’s all just a different kind of the same thing, (brushes her eyes, noticing the bottle of fruit, reaches out for it) If I was you, I wouldn’t tell her her fruit was gone. Tell her it ain’t. Tell her it’s all right. Take this in to prove it to her. She—she may never know whether it was broke or not.”

I chose this passage because it describes the relationship between the two women in simple terms.

Source: Trifles (Susan Glaspell)

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Welcome to the Course Reading Blog

I am a freshman English Education major.

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