Depth: When reading Scene 7 in The Glass Menagerie, I found a lot to talk about because it was the last scene so I could make some conclusions about the play, like who developed the most as a character and I also made a connection between Foster and the play. This was the longest post I did for The Glass Menagerie, and I think that was because Tom makes his final decision to leave, despite his family obligations, and that is worth discussing. Another in-depth post was when I responded to the “Daddy” poem. In my other English class, we talked about the complexities of humanity that are expressed in the time of Nazi Germany and it made me write a lot for this poem because they both show how complex humans can be. The title alone expressed how severe the times were back during World War II. Plus, several lines stuck out to me, which made me try to explain them.
Riskiness: One safe post that I created was on Scene 6 of The Glass Menagerie. I merely summarized what happened and asked some questions on Tom’s motives for leaving. I did not make any in-depth analyses or connections to make this a risky post.
One risky post that I made was actually a comment that I responded to on my own blog site. Lindsay asked me on one of my posts of The Glass Menagerie if Laura knew whether or not her family was making her feel accepted. Did she realize the trouble they went through to make her feel comfortable? I responded with a lengthy response, and it led me to make certain connections in the play. I considered my comment risky because I went out of my comfort zone by making an inference on when Tom left. I thought it was convenient that Tom left at the same time Laura gained self-confidence after talking to Jim. I made other inferences about Laura’s character as well, which made me make an analytical post. Another risky post is when I analyzed the American Dream aspect in The Glass Menagerie. In the same post, I also examined the importance of the glass menagerie to Laura.
Intertextuality: In Scene 7 of The Glass Menagerie, it starts to rain as the Wingfield family sits down for dinner with Jim, the gentleman caller, and I remembered that Foster discussed rain scenes in his book and what they could mean when discussed in a story. I made the connection to further analyze what changes were made after the rain stopped and how it affected the story. Another post that fulfills the category of intertextuality is my response to the “Nick and the Candlestick” poem. Here, I used a post that I wrote awhile ago on a Dickinson poem to try and understand Plath’s poem. With Dickinson’s poem, I looked up the densities of the materials mentioned to understand the emotions of the speaker, so I did the same with Plath’s poem and the materials mentioned.
Discussion: Carlie commented on my post for Scene 5 of The Glass Menagerie about Laura’s character and whether or not Tom exaggerates her personality or not. I replied by saying that I do not think he does, because Laura is the main reason why he has trouble leaving his home, so why would he make up her shy personality. I explain my reasoning more in my response. Another discussion post was on Scene 4 of The Glass Menagerie. Lindsay commented on my post and asked if I thought Laura knew that her family was trying to make her feel accepted. I responded with a lengthy comment, and in the process I made some logical guesses about Laura’s character.
Timeliness: All of my Glass Menagerie posts were posted well in advance, which allowed for Carlie and Lindsay to comment on some of them. In the course blog, you said not to go in-depth with each scene, but since I had extra time, I was able to talk about each scene pretty throughly. It allowed me to analyze the play as much as I wanted.
Coverage: The post for Scene 1 of The Glass Menagerie was done on time, but it was not my best post. I merely talked about how the play was a memory play and how we, as readers, should keep that in mind, since Tom might distort some of the events in the play since he is the narrator. Another post for coverage was the post for Scene 2 of The Glass Menagerie; it was on time but not my best as well. I discussed the events and asked some questions, but did not analyze anything.
Cover Post/Conclusion: This portfolio, I think, is even better than the previous one, because I went more in depth with the intertextuality and riskiness categories. With Plath’s poems, I was able to make more inferences, because they were complex, plus poems are more interpretive than plays or books, because they can have several different meanings, depending on who is reading the poem. Also, The Glass Menagerie was a great play to analyze because of its depths. While reading and blogging, I could tell more and more that Laura was more complex of a character than any of the others, which helped me create analytical posts. My previous goal from the last portfolio was to be more analytical, and I think I achieved that goal because I was more risky by making more inferences of the texts that we read. Some of the goals of the course are to examine a wide range of genres and to be analytical of the literature. I have definitely achieved being more analytical because of my progress on the intertextuality and riskiness categories. With the examining a wide range of genres, we are starting to read more poems and we read a play this time, so we are definitely seeing more variety. By being exposed to different pieces of work, I can start to make more connections and comparisons to better understand literature as a whole. For next time, my goal is to improve upon discussion by reading more of other people’s blogs to gain perspective.