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When William Blake first arrives in Machine, he is timid, polite, and naive. But as the movie progresses, and as he faces violence and injustice, he changes fundamentally. He stands up for himself. Was this shift in William Blake's character inevitable? I think it was. He didn't have enough money to return to Cleveland, so he was stuck out West. He had like ten people hunting for him who wouldn't hesitate to kill him. He could have surrendered and died, of course, but I don't see any other way he could have survived. The people in the town didn't value... Continue reading
Teahead (noun): A person who smokes a lot of tea. In class yesterday, we discussed seriousness. I think that the majority of people in the world take their lives seriously -- that is, they care about their futures. But are there people who are too serious? And is that a fault? My gut instinct says yes. Some people make minor occurances into traumatic experiences. But I always thought this was a relatively uncontrollable trait, much like shyness, or brown hair. I came across a website endorsing smokable tea, marketed "for people who take life too seriously." So taking life too... Continue reading
At first, the NPR broadcast and the New York Times article mad me feel sickened and angry towards the Apple Corporation. What kind of company values money over human life? Then it slowly dawned upon me that Apple feels pressured to keep its spot as the biggest and the best electronics manufacturer. Consumer demand drives Apple's sense of competition. They have to keep inventing to keep up with expectations of buyers as well as rival electonics companies. I have a couple Apple products. So technically I'm responsible for the continuation of this system. But I instinctionally rationalize this. I could... Continue reading
In the movie Capote, Philip Seymour Hoffman plays Truman Capote. The film follows Capote's experience as he researched the Clutter murders for his masterpiece book, In Cold Blood. Aside from interviewing the detectives and family friends, Capote also spent a lot of time with the murderers, particularly Perry Edward Smith. Smith killed the Clutter family, and was found guilty of four charges of first degree murder at the trial. Despite his monstrous acts, Capote felt a connection to him. "It's as if Perry and I grew up in the same house," he said. "And one day he stood up and... Continue reading
The Little Mermaid is best known as a popular children's film. As such, Disney had to tweak several of the more tragic elements. Hans Christian Andersen's original story tells it like it is -- no fairy tale happy ending nonsense. PLOT: Ariel was a rebellious young mermaid with an unsatiable curiousity about humans. Throughout the kingdom, she was known for her beautiful voice. One day she spotted a cute human boy (who just so happened to be a prince) and fell in love at first sight. He did not see her, but heard her sing. She went behind her father's... Continue reading
At the very start of the play, King Lear got mad at Cordelia and he told it like it was. Unfortunately, his anger was heat of the moment, and how he told it wasn't really how it was. Let's take a quick walk in Lear's shoes, shall we? His favorite daughter didn't tell him what he wanted to hear so he wrote her off forever. No big deal. He had to assert his authority, and besides, he's got two more. But as events transpire, destiny urges Lear to reinstate Cordelia as his daughter. But of course Lear can't do that... Continue reading
Please direct your attention to page 34 of the packet where William Shakespeare's Sonnet 138 can be found: When my love swears that she is made of truth I do believe her, though I know she lies, That she might think me some untutor'd youth, Unlearned in the world's false subtleties. Thus vainly thinking that she thinks me young, Although she knows my days are past the best, Simply I credit her false-speaking tongue: On both sides thus is simple truth supprest. But wherefore says she not she is unjust? And wherefore say not I that I am old? O!... Continue reading
The Awakening is filled with birds. The two instances that stick out in my mind, however, are at the very beginning and the very end of the novel. The book starts with a caged bird. Edna's husband is annoyed, but the only way he can deal with the bird is to move away to another room. The book ends with a wounded bird on the beach, who is trying to fly but unable. I believe that the birds mirror Edna, especially in these two examples. Throughout her journey to find freedom, Edna "annoyed" her husband, but, following the doctor's advice,... Continue reading
The book begins and ends with Lena traveling in search of Joe Brown. In many ways, the start and finish of Light In August are very similar. I think that Joe Christmas is the main character of the novel. It seems up for debate -- every character has a purpose and a complex past that is revealed to the reader. Before we began the book, I asked my sister what it was about, and she responded, "It's about a man who is part black, but he looks white." Clearly her casual summary did not capture the essence of the novel... Continue reading
A quick thought experiment. We've been talking about race and gender quite a bit in class. I often hear these two terms grouped together. But I'm not sure if they should be. There is no hiding that the majority of tables in the lunch room have students who are predominantly the same race, gender, or both. Last year, a teacher asked several students for their response to the following scenario: You walk in to a lunch room with only two tables. You don't know anyone. One table is full of people of your same gender, but a different race. The... Continue reading
Why is Lena so happy and optimistic all of the time?? She had a matter-of-fact childhood, both of her parents are dead, she is pregnant and unmarried, and she left her brother on bad terms. She walked across an entire state and depended on complete strangers, never knowing if her mission would be successful. She didn't hold a grudge against Lucas, nor did she let it get to her when strangers judged her due to her situation. How on earth is Lena able to be so happy through all of this? She doesn't just smile -- she seems genuinely happy.... Continue reading
At first, I had trouble linking Trust to The Stranger. Then an idea struck me like a big yellow school bus and it has stuck with me ever since. Matthew, the young man who is too old for Maria, perfectly mirrors Salamano's dog! Both Matthew and the dog are dependent upon an abusive authority figure. They are both physically and emotionally injured for no reason. Yet neither the dog nor Matthew want to leave their situation. And the abusive authority figure knows this. In fact, this knowledge is the abusive authority figure's source of power. Would Matthew's dad have treated... Continue reading
In the world today, there is the perception that women are more emotional than men. The art of psychology claims this as fact due to the wiring of the female brain, while other individuals declare that men's emotions MANifest (no pun intended) themselves differently. Meursault seems to experience emotions in a unique way. He's more preoccupied with his surroundings than contemplating his relationships, and he is emotionally detached from even the people closest to him. My question is: Would Meursault's experiences be different if he was a girl? How so and to what extent? My gut tells me that the... Continue reading
"Take that cigarette out of your mouth when you're talking to me," the cop said. Raymond hesitated, looked at me, and took a drag on his cigarette (Camus, 36). Raymond just needs a leather jacket, hair grease, and a shiny motorcycle to back up that attitude. He put up a facade during his encounter with the policeman. A crowd observed the interaction. He tried so hard to impress people and have them form this image of him as a tough guy. He completely disrespected the police officer, and openly felt no regret for his actions. However, Raymond desperately wanted Meursault... Continue reading
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