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When you look at the morality of motivating the youth there is a fine line I believe between simplifying things like in KONY in order to get the support of the youth and then propoganda. The question you have to ask is whether it is ok to give the youth simplified facts in order to quickly get support their for a good cause that needs mass support. Rather than giving a more honest portayal of what is going on which allows the youth to make more of a personal assesment of the situation. In this case there might be less... Continue reading
When the end of the book was brought up today I thought about what I thought actually happened at the end. The wording is very confusing and could make it seem as though Milkman both jumped off Solomon's Leap and that he ran at Guitar. The last line "If you surrender to the air, you could ride it" makes it seem as though he did in fact jump (337). But right before that though it said that "he wheeled toward Guitar and it did not matter which one of them would give up his ghost in the killing arms of... Continue reading
In our class discussions, many times the idea about Milkman always looking into his past has come up. I have found this interesting as a way to describe a person. I find his facination with what is behind him to be very unique. It makes me wonder what this could be forshaddowing in the rest of the book. An obvious forshaddowing that I could see is that Milkman only focuses on things that have already happened and doesn't pay attention to his future. This could cause him many potential problems as he would never be prepared for the future and... Continue reading
In addressing the question about the similarity between our ignorance of this "heart of darkness" and the ignorance of Marlow's Aunt (who represents all women) in the novel of the "heart of darkness" of the Congo there is one distinct difference I would like to point out. The key difference in simple terms is that many of us do not know of what really happens in the Apple factories and assume that everything is all nice and fair just like Apple says but never actually take the time to make sure that we are right. Perhaps we know deep down... Continue reading
When beginning reading Heart of Darkness I was intrigued by the way the book is narrated. The fact that it is a retelling of a past experience by a character that is being heard by an unnamed character in a way distances us as the readers from the story. When you consider that Marlow is narrating the story which is heard by the main narrator you wonder how truthful Marlow is being. He is telling a story that happened in the past and with hindsight he could be leaving some aspects of the story which perhaps he doesn't want to... Continue reading
While thinking of Star Wars as a tragedy may not make sense at first, if you go through the list of characteristics which make a tragedy almost every single one applies to the story of Anakin Skywalker. Anakin is a man of noble stature. It was prophesied that he was the chosen one and so he was viewed in awe by all others. While he was a good man he was in no way perfect. He was cocky and self righteous. He saw himself as better and more important than all others based on the fact that he was the... Continue reading
In the end of Act II I found it interesting how Goneril and Regan whittled away at the last of the power that King Lear held. All along they were planning to displace their father from his ceremonial position of King and put themselves in full power. Lear though is completely unaware and in this naivety he allows himself to be put at the mercy of his daughters who are after the rest of his power. Since he gave away all of his land to the daughters he himself had nowhere to stay and so was at the mercy of... Continue reading
In the poem America by Claude McKay the speaker, a man of American background describes his feelings about the country. In the beginning of the poem it seems very clear that he is against America but then in the fourth line he says contrary to all the things that he has against it he still loves his country. He describes that in America the vigor and strength the country provides him allows him to vie against the hate that is found within the country. He sees the country as a way to fight against itself. From the vigor and strength... Continue reading
After reading the Country Fair I was at a loss. The whole premise of the poem, a six-legged dog, doesn't make sense to me. And how speaker, a person at the fair, seems to dismiss the strangeness of the dog with six legs over the coldness of the night, I just don't understand. It seems in many ways to be surreal, reminding me in some ways of the Hunger Artist. I am wondering if anyone else saw a connection between the two when reading the poem? Continue reading
In our discussions in class for the last week, the one passage that has greatly intrigued me is the one in which Joe Christmas comes to a decision about his identity. It is only two paragraphs long but it is full of meaningful and important lines that reveal a great deal about Christmas. Before Christmas was accused of killing Mrs. Burden and was forced to go on the run, he lived in a certain middle ground between white and black, begin of mixed race. Neither group seemed to want to accept him and he himself did not seem to know... Continue reading
To me, the story of Hightower has been one of the more confusing ones. Throughout the story, as it is being told to Byron from the town's perspective, constantly it is mentioned how Hightower preaches the same things, about his grandfather, the Civil War, and being shot off the horse. The town makes it clear that they do not like his fiery way of preaching yet he never changes. Nor does he change when it is obvious that he and his wife are having marriage problems and the whole town is aware that she goes to Memphis. Even after she... Continue reading
When watching "Trust" and thinking about Meursault and the other themes in The Stranger it was fairly easy to see the similarities. All three characters isolate themselves from society and seem to have no care for the customs of society. When I really thought about the characters in the movie though, especially Maria I began to think that maybe they aren't as isolated and against society as Meursault was. Maria isolated herself because she was kicked out of her house, blamed for killing her father, and was pregnant. In the aftermath of her father's death and being kicked out of... Continue reading
One of the more interesting parts I found in this book was at the end of chapter 5 of part 2 where Meursault says that he wants to be met at his execution by a crowd of people who greet him with "cries of hate" (123). What makes me confused is the fact that the line before that he says "for me to feel less alone" he wants to be greeted with cries of hate. How can the hatred of the onlookers make him feel less alone? He says before that, that he feels free and indifferent to the world... Continue reading
At the end of the first part of the book we come to develop a certain understanding of Meursault as a very indifferent and noncommittal person. In many different ways he acts contrary to how most people would feel a normal person would act in certain situations. When, for example, he is offered a promotion and an opportunity to move to Paris he shrugs it off and says he doesn't see any reason why he should move because he has no problems with his current situation. Yet in the last few pages of the first half of the book, his... Continue reading