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After watching the movie Dead Man, I noticed a lot of similarities between William Blake and characters that we have read about throughout this year. After watching the first five minutes of the movie, I could tell that Blake stood out like a sore thumb. After reading The Awakening, Light in August, Heart of Darkness, and Song of Solomon, I have noticed the reoccurring theme of characters that do not fit into society. Meursault's lack of passion and emotion leave him isolated. Joe's inability to fit a stereotype leaves him in a category by himself. The technologically advanced Europeans have... Continue reading
Pilate is one of the more interesting characters in Song of Solomon. By the end of the story, Milman says of Pilate, "Without ever leaving the ground, she could fly" (336). I find this to be an important quote regarding Pilate's character. Obviously, she cannot literally fly, but her way of "flying" is helping and teaching others, especially Milkman. Pilate constantly guides Milkman throughout his life. Page 37 shows the first encounter between Pilate and Milkman. After Milkman says "Hi" to Pilate, she replies, "You say 'Hi' to pigs and sheep when you want 'em to move. When you tell... Continue reading
Achebe brings up a good point in his literary analysis of Heart of Darkness. His discription of the Congo is not accurate, and perhaps Conrad's stereotypical description of the African jungle proves that he is indeed a racist. As Achebe points out, Conrad seems to have a problem with people in the African culture. First off, his narrator of the story finds it hard to say that the natives of Africa are just as human as himself. Also, Conrad uses the word "black" repetively when describing the natives. Achebe also argues Conrad's racist personality from instances outside of Heart of... Continue reading
The radio show and New York Times article exposed a side of Apple that I had never seen before. Those that produce Apple products in these Chinese factories remind me of the similar situation in Heart of Darkness. Apple is one of the most powerful corporations in the world, and their electronics are the most valued. In Heart of Darkness, ivory is valued as highly as our modern day Apple products. The iPad article talks about how the workers in Chinese factories work in such dangerous conditions and put their health in great danger. Mike Daisey reported that the ruler... Continue reading
In class, we talked about a number of roles that Leggatt could have in The Secret Sharer. By the end of the story, Leggatt's role is still inconclusive. He can be seen as a disembodied character or a character with a physical presence. I believe that he has a very important physical presence in the story. More specifically, I think that he adds romance. As I read, I could not help but picture the Captain and Leggatt to have a close relationship, similar to a typical romance in other novels or movies. The story starts off with the Captain on... Continue reading
Titanic is a film from 1997 that is based on the sinking of the RMS Titanic. This movie starts as a romance but quickly shifts towards a tragic ending. In the movie, Leonardo DiCaprio plays the hero, Jack Dawson. The hero in a tragedy must display great strengths, and Jack displays this when he saves Rose's life. However, a hero must have some small imperfections, and one of Jack's minor imperfections is that he is of a lower class than Rose. Since the first instance when Jack and Rose meet, their relationship builds, and they quickly fall in love. As... Continue reading
In the beginning of Act II, we see Edmund's plan fall into place. Edmund tricks Edgar, Gloucester, and other characters. He is able to change Edgar from a good, natural son to a villain, while making himself seem completely innocent and "natural" according to Gloucester. The main reason why Edgar's plan has been so successful is due to his cunning use of language. For example, Edmund shows himself as an innocent character during his conversation with Gloucester at the beginning of Act II Scene I. Edmund reports to his father that Edgar tried to, "Persuade me to the murder of... Continue reading
"The Road Not Taken" By Robert Frost Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth. Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same. And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day!... Continue reading
I think that there is one characterisic that strongly contributes to Edna's death. That characteristic is that Edna is so reliant on those around her. Edna relies on different men to give her attention and she relied on Mr. Pontellier to provide for her financially. By the time that she moved into a place by herself, she had nobody to rely on, helping her make the final decision to kill herself. Edna is constantly looking for relationships with different men. She wants to have a man in her life, but she is never satisfied with one. Her constant search shows... Continue reading
Earlier this week, we discussed whether we thought the end of Light In August was fitting. Despite what I heard from others, I thought that the ending was appropriate in many aspects. The final chapter continued ideas from other parts of the book and left room for interpretation. Chapter 21 brought back ideas from other scenes in the story. For example, Faulkner brings back the relationship between Byron and Lena. A few chapters before, Lena talks with Hightower about keeping a distance from Byron. Byron obviously is attracted to Lena throughout the book, and Lena always pushes him away. The... Continue reading
In Chapter 13, Byron pays Hightower a visit. The two talk about the current situation with Joe Brown and Lena, and during the conversation, Hightower thinks to himself, "I am not in life anymore ... That's why there is no use in even trying to meddle, interfere." I understand why Hightower may feel ignored and insignificant, but I do not think that he is correct. I believe that Hightower is more significant than he thinks. We see Byron talk to Hightower a few times in the story. Hightower must be significant from Byron's perspective considering that he visits Hightower, keeps... Continue reading
After reading the first few chapters of Light in August, I have noticed some qualities that parallel with The Scarlet Letter. Most of us probably read The Scarlet Letter last year in English, and hopefully some people notice some similarities between it and Light in August. The first instance in the story where I see similarities is when we discover that Lena is pregnant and not married. Not only is Lena not married, but Lucas, the father of her child, has run off. In The Scarlet Letter, Hester brings her child into Puritain society with her husband nowhere to be... Continue reading
After reading The Stranger, I noticed that Meursault was different from characters I have encountered in books and in movies. However, once I started watching Trust, I noticed that two characters are somewhat similar to Meursault. Maria and Matthew both have personalities that isolate them from the rest of society. This is similar to Meursault because he drifts from social constructs as well. But these three characters have some differences too. In The Stranger, Meursault is the only one of his kind that drifts from social norms. In Trust, Maria and Matthew both have socially unacceptable personalities and are brought... Continue reading
By the end of The Stranger, Meursault's character changes. Up until the last chapter, Meursault seems pretty resistant in expressing his feelings and speaking out. For example, when he was being questioned about his mother in court, he only admits to the bad events pointed out by the prosecution. Meursault's lawyer defends Meursault's actions while Meursault does not even try to justify himself. He gives up and even says, "It was the first time I realized that I was guilty" (90). Meursault's actions in court do not seem surprising considering the way he always acted. His thoughts and feelings were... Continue reading
In chapter three of The Stranger, we observe the abusive relationship between Salamano and his dog. Salamano beats his dog and verbally abuses it. One would think that he does not appreciate or care for his dog, but we see a change in Salamano in the next few chapters. In chapter four, Meursault runs into Salamano. Salamano could not find his dog, and he looked confused and upset. He immediately shares his concerns with Meursault, and shows that he truly does care for his lost dog. I found this section very interesting. Back in chapter three when we view the... Continue reading
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