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First off I'd like to comment on how truly amazing I think it is how fast the Kony 2012 video spread. The day after I watched it I heard Kony's name all over the high school. Many students seemed to be talking about the issue passionately, telling all of their friends to go watch the video. I'll admit that I was definitely swayed by the pathos of the video when I watched it, however, as of right now I'm not exactly sure where I stand on the issue. There is no doubt that Joseph Kony is a bad man because... Continue reading
For the discussion in class, my group is tracking the singing motif. Since I have to track that motif, I figured I'd write my post about it. In Song of Solomon, Milkman constantly feels alone and isolated. He doesn’t have a strong relationship with his family, neither does he have a solid relationship with his community. So for Milkman, his flight to discover more about his ancestors was very important. Throughout his journey, singing and song appear frequently and appear to be used to connect to family history. After Milkman memorizes the song about Solomon that he heard the children... Continue reading
As I've been reading Song of Solomon, I've noticed that the family dynamic of the Dead family is definitely off. To name a few examples, Macon resents his wife, Milkman wants to be the complete opposite of his father, Macon won't allow his children to see his sister Pilat, and Ruth tried searching for love through Milkman since her father died and Macon showed her no affection. In addition to this poor family dynamic, there are instances of incest like actions such as Ruth and her father, Ruth and Milkman, and Milkman and Hagar. In Chapter 3, after Macon tells... Continue reading
I think we’ve all heard at least random bits and pieces over time about the working conditions in China being horrible and unbelievable. Even though many people around the world, especially here in the United States, idolize Apple and its products, Apple is unfortunately no different from any of the factories with regard to its conditions. After listening to the radio show and reading the article, however, I think it made the reality of the situation become more alive and real to many of us. It did for me at least. However, I think that because we enjoy the products... Continue reading
In The Secret Sharer, the captain feels alone and hesitant because he is new on the ship. At first, he appears to be insecure with his position since he does not know the ship or the men and is trying to gain their respect. When Leggatt comes aboard the ship, however, the captain begins to transform. This leads me to question, who exactly is Leggatt in The Secret Sharer? Was he real or was he just a figment of the captain's imagination? Was he a ghost? In class we discussed the idea of the captain and Leggatt being doppelgangers. Both... Continue reading
One modern movie that contains a tragic hero is The Departed. In The Departed, a boy Colin Sullivan is approached by Irish mob boss Francis Costello and he then begins working for him. A few years later, Sullivan has graduated from the Massachusetts State Police Academy and is working undercover as an informer for Costello in the state police. Billy Costigan, another graduate from the Massachusetts State Police Academy is working undercover to get evidence against Costello. However, it is soon realized by both the mob and the police that there is a mole amongst them, causing Sullivan and Costigan... Continue reading
One of the "Little Questions" for Act I was "What is the Fool's role?" I found this question very interesting. Ironically, although he is called the "fool," he is actually one of the wisest (if not the wisest) characters yet. He always seems to know what is going on when other characters, especially King Lear, appear to be oblivious. For example, in Act I when telling Kent that he better take his cap, he says "Why, this fellow has banished two on 's daughters and did the third a blessing against his will." He then later says that he's been... Continue reading
I like a look of Agony, Because I know it’s true – Men do not sham Convulsion, Nor simulate, a Throe – The Eyes glaze once – and that is Death – Impossible to feign The Beads upon the Forehead By homely Anguish strung. - Emily Dickinson I chose this poem because I was fascinated by the message that Emily Dickinson was able to portray in so few lines. The speaker of the poem seems to be the poet herself, because the poem provides no evidence otherwise. She is talking about her distrust for people, which has led her to... Continue reading
The turn of the 20th century represented a time of radical change from within traditional society of America. As we all learned in history, The Cult of True Womanhood ruled the actions and responsibilities of women in the early and mid 19th century. As the 20th century approached, however, women began to search for external rights through resistance and the Women’s Rights Movement. In essence, women sought to define their true capabilities. The Awakening is a perfect example of this change in society. Edna struggles against the confines of society throughout the entire novel attempting to escape it. Edna Pontellier... Continue reading
I must admit that while I have been reading Light in August I have not paid much attention to religion within the novel until recently. During the monitored discussion in class the past two days, though, I noticed that religion kept emerging in the conversation. This made me realize that perhaps religion plays a more important role in the novel than I noticed, and can be seen as a key theme. Religion is present throughout the entire novel and at times it seems as though Faulkner is attempting to portray religion as dangerous. Even though many people in the novel... Continue reading
I've been assigned to track the road throughout Light in August, so I decided why not write my blog on it and get some ideas out there? Since the novel begins on the road, explicitly mentions it in the first sentence, and reappears numerous times throughout the novel, I assume that it holds an important meaning and role. "Sitting beside the road, watching the wagon mount the hill toward her, Lena thinks, 'I have come from Alabama: a fur piece. All the way from Alabama a-walking. A fur piece'" (3). The road is mainly mentioned surrounding two characters: Lena and... Continue reading
When I began reading the first chapter of Light in August tonight, I was not sure what to expect. Once I read the first paragraph, though, the book immediately intrigued me. The first sentence reads, "Sitting beside the road, watching the wagon mount the hill toward her, Lena thinks, 'I have come from Alabama: a fur piece" (3). From this I could tell that the point of view of the story is not first person, but rather third person that has accessibility to the character's inner thoughts. But as the paragraph continues, Faulkner changes Lena's thoughts into italicized text. This... Continue reading
From what I have seen thus far, Trust seems to have a lot of similarities to The Stranger. I’m not sure if I would go as far as to say that Trust is an existentialist movie, but it definitely has some mirroring elements. First of all, I am intrigued by the resemblance that I have seen so far between Matthew and Meursault. When we first see Matthew at his job, he is angry and calls the merchandise cheap and refuses to fix it to be resold. He then quits his job because he doesn’t like their dishonesty. This relates to... Continue reading
At the end of the news story in the Czechoslovakian newspaper, Meursault says, "On the one hand it wasn't very likely. On the other, it was perfectly natural. Anyway, I thought the traveler pretty much deserved what he got and that you should never play games" (Camus, 80). The last sentence of that paragraph really struck me. I was shocked that he thought that the Czech man deserved to die like that. As I really thought about it though, I began to relate it to the Arab's death and started to question if Meursault did actually have a reason for... Continue reading
During the reading last night (Chapter 4 specifically) I began to think more about Meursault and his indifference towards many things and people throughout the book. In Chapter 3, when Raymond was talking to Meursault about his mistress, Meursault seemed to agree with or have no feeling toward the way that Raymond treated her. Meursault also, in a sense, supported Raymond's actions by writing the letter for Raymond, and then, in Chapter 4, by agreeing to be a witness for him. However, when Raymond asked him to go to the whorehouse, Meursault finally said no to Raymond, "Afterwards he wanted... Continue reading
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Sep 6, 2011