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The benefits of social networking in social movements are amazing. The speed that ideas can be passed around the world is mind dumbing and the democratic nature of sites such as facebook, where people can "like" certain things, makes it incredible. But then again, when are you taking advantage of people looking to fight for something. I first saw Kony 2012 on facebook and it instantly seemed a little too polished, and a little too like wildfire. I looked the company up and saw the problems they have had before, the possibility that Kony 2012 was not all it was... Continue reading
There seems to me to be a definite connection in the "dead" talked about in SoS and Deadman. The most obvious is the freedom it seems to impart on both of the main characters. For Milkman, he realizes that he has been close to death multiple times, but somehow got through and he blames it on the fact that he is already dead. William Blake is shot and the bullet barely misses his heart, but Nobody tells him that he a dead man. Blake seems to become less inhibited after that, allows himself to be more candid. What could this... Continue reading
The main problem with white writers writing about black culture is that they tend to highlight the differences in the cultures of white and black. It seems to be almost comparitive when a white writer writes about a black community. Morrison is able to break that mold. When she writes about her own community you find yourself fully immersed in the culture and instead of focusing on the differences between cultures, you are able to see the overwhelming similiarities. In this way, I think Morrison achieves so much with her writing, as classic themes are identified as being able to... Continue reading
It's scary. It's scary to think that today people are working in condition that would have been imporable in the U.S. maybe 100 years ago, although the toxic chemicals they are using would not have existed, and children five years younger than I am are working there. When you are applying to college I think this fact has a special significance. By the time I am looking for my first job, most of these kids will be permanently damaged by the work they are doing. While reading the Heart of Darkness, what keeps you from feeling the same feelings as... Continue reading
Conrad presents an unusual kind of racism in how Marlow depicts the "savages". He admits that they are humans, for the have humanity just a lot less of it than he does. On page 53 he talks almost admiringly of the pure "truth" that inhabits these people. Marlow still considers these people to be the most distant of relatives to himself, making them the most basic of human. But he still sees the importance of the small existence he considers them to have. He says, "Let the fool gape and shudder--the man knows, and can look without a wink. But... Continue reading
A modern day tragedy. Finding one was harder than I thought it would be, but I think that's because I was limiting myself to writing. A real tragedy was the stock market crash. I think the main way it follows the criteria of tragedy is how the people directly affected deserved to be so, investing in unsafe mortgages. It might not feel like a tragedy because of the lack or real death, but something can be tragic without death. Continue reading
At the beginning of the play, Shakespeare gives the sense that the Goneril and Regan are not as loving and caring in reality as Cordelia. However, since then, in my reading of the play, I have forgotten about that and seen them as daughters wronged by their father. Lear's knights are rude and belligerent towards the servants of Goneril, and it would seem that her request that he remove them was not completely out-of-line, at least thats how I saw it. However, in the movie version, the sisters are portrayed as much more conspiratorial, and Goneril comes off as down... Continue reading
"One Art," by Elizabeth Bishop, had my interest before I realized why. Especially when we are reading sonnets, everyword seems to be contrived and prethought, which is not necessarily a bad thing. But it is refreshing to read a poem like "One Art" and feel as though you are listening to the writers thought process. Its as if she started to write the poem in order to show how well she is coping with the loss of her loved one, and ends up only showing that she is definitely not. Its also very interesting how she uses the form of... Continue reading
The ending, at least in my view, seems to be ambiguous as to whether Chopin believes Edna is doing the right thing in regards to her values when she commits suicide. On the one hand, the reader could view Edna's senses of being home shows she is going back to her more free childhood and achieving the freedom she desires. This freedom is from her husband, kids, and society. Madamoiselle Reisz could possibly be Chopin voicing her own objections to Edna's decision to commit suicide. Reisz would say to Edna that someone who true to their values can only be... Continue reading
Faulkner develops characters over hundreds of pages, devoting whole chapters to background information for a single character. Examples of this style include Christmas, Lena, Byron, and Hightower. But Faulkner also uses characters in a very different way. Both Gavin Stevens and Percy Grimm only appear for part of a chapter. Faulkner seems to use these characters not to show character development, but more as tools: tools of societal pressures. This is true especially for Grimm, who's blind and raging racism, although possibly exaggerated, still represents the sentiments of many at the time and in the area. What other characters could... Continue reading
"Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders" (119). Joe Christmas is emotionally scarred. Faulkner starts the sixth chapter with these two sentences. The key word here is believes. What Joe sees in women in this chapter, that they should be weak, scared, and that they are there for men's taking, he believes. Faulkner hints here that Joe might not even remember or "recollect" what happened with the toothpaste and the dietitian, but that doesn't mean he doesn't remember what that event has ingrained in his mind. Faulkner is speaking very psychologically here. He... Continue reading
We are taught that racism is bad. It would seem to be a moral that should not be broken. Racism is rampant in the county of Mississippi that Faulkner sets up this story, and we would be led to believe that all that racism creates should be wrong and should be corrected Faulkner sets up a situation where race is the sole reason for the decision to blame one person or another in the case of the Joes Christmas and Brown for the death of Miss Burden and the burning of her house. Now most people would say this is... Continue reading
When Matthew sees Maria's plight he responds with protection. I think he does this because he is worried that she could end up in his situation, under the overcareful protection of a parent who works him too hard. Matthew's relationship with his father is complicated. Even though his father treats him so terribly, making him wash the bathroom time and time again, he still tries to protect Matthew and defend his genius when he is fired from the television repair shop. Deep down, he is still the normal father who wants the best for his kid, but he does not... Continue reading
In the Tempest Tales, Mosley distinctly separates the morals of Heaven and Harlem. I don't think he does this to villify the moral values of Harlem, but rather to question the validity of Heaven's standards in the modern world. The people who live in Harlem have to act a certain way to survive, and also rarely have a chance to escape the conditions they live in. They have no choice but to break Heaven's rules and yet they are put into Hell. Tempest questions Heaven's ideal view that people are all born with the possibility of going to Heaven. Do... Continue reading
"When I was a student, I had lots of ambitions like that. But when I had to give up my studies I learned very quickly that none of it really mattered" (Camus 41). I read this and I saw for the first time the possibility that Meursault might not have always like this. The Meursault that we know, seemingly just a bystander to his own life, might have once been ambitious. It made me wonder what not only what he was like before, but what could happen to make a person change so dramatically for the worse. Could it be... Continue reading
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Sep 6, 2011