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Throughout the novel thus far, Roy focuses on stories that Rahel remembers from her childhood. I am unsure why Mr. Heidkamp told us that chapter one was a complete break from the rest of the novel, because there have been many moments where there is a flash forward to Rahel returning to see Estha. I really like the way that Roy manipulates time, because she does not shift from different time frames in a random manner, but rather she has a purpose in her time changes. In comparison to other novels that we have read this year (especially Light in... Continue reading
After reading chapter one of The God of Small Things I have come to find the connection and differences between Estha and Rahel. Estha went through childhood by slowly phasing out talking and eventually became a mute. Rahel, on the other hand was constantly getting expelled from school because she was acting out. While the contrasting twin-sibling thing does not bother me that much (because I feel as if the quintessential twin story deals with contrasting characters), it is the idea that Rahel and Estha identify as a "we". On page 5 Roy writes "Anyway, now she thinks of Estha... Continue reading
So from the first moment that I say Paul D's name in Beloved my mind turned to the fist pumping juice head from the infamous Jersey Shore cast. Now, I have only reluctantly seen a few episodes of the horrid reality show, but I find Pauly D's character quite funny and worth a solid blog post. I have actually noticed a lot differences between the two people (and I bet you as the reader are saying, "no sh*t sherlock!" but I am actually going somewhere with this). While Pauly D is extremely loud, I find the Paul D tends to... Continue reading
So I am struggling with this essay for HOD. I started skimming over my options the other day and all I want to do is write about imperialism in the Congo but Bernie keeps highly "recommending" that we go more in depth with our analysis of the novel. I guess that I am just stuck in a rut with the essay and I don't know how to get some ideas going. So I decided to turn to the blog full of insightful AP College English students and ask you guys: how are you approaching this essay? I normally do the... Continue reading
Marlow's interaction with Kurtz's fiance is very interesting. When he meets here she is in all black for mourning and is consumed with the greatness that was once Kurtz. What is unusual to me is the character of Kurtz that the fiance sees and the character that the audience sees when he is in the Congo. His fiance sees him as an overwhelmingly great man and holds him at practically god-like status. The Kurtz in the Congo is mean and horrible to anyone in the way of getting his ivory. What makes me wonder is whether or not Kurtz was... Continue reading
Wow, when Bernie (that's also still wierd to me...anyways...) today told us not to read this book before bed because it was too in depth, he was true. It is way before I normally go to sleep, but I tried reading after a fairly long rehearsal and all of my homework and now I know that that is not an option for this novella. Conrad has a great ability to write sentences that seem very complex, but are easy to understand if you take a sentence to think about them. Heart of Darkness is not a novel that you can... Continue reading
I have decided that my final post of the semester, the "reflection", should be about the novel that has been my favorite of this year (second of my high school career after The Great Gatsby). Light In August is absolutely phenomenal. Honestly, nothing else that we have read so far in class has even come close to my interest in and respect for LIA. I never knew what was coming next, what new characters would show up, and the many different motifs, rather than annoying me, kept me wanting to read the next page. My reading style is, and I... Continue reading
There is something about Shakespeare's writing that I just love. His transitions between prose and verse seem so flawless yet I can always detect a change the second that he switches over. I have read three Shakespeare plays before this and I feel like every time I read a new one I get a better understanding of the "Shakespearean" language that he uses and I feel really comfortable reading his works now. I feel like the more comfortable I get the more I grow to really love it. The content is still a little out there for me, but his... Continue reading
Have you stumbled upon a 20 line or less monologue in your study of Shakespeare that you would love to perform? Would you like a free trip to NYC and even a trip to London? Do you love memorizing things? Then you should participate in OPRF's THIRD ANNUAL SHAKESPEARE MONOLOGUE COMPETITION! Set to take place in the first week of February, this competition is an opportunity for OPRF's great actors and Shakespeare enthusiasts to highlight their abilities! The winner of the school's competition will go on to participate in the regionals. If he or she goes on to win regionals... Continue reading
Why do I feel like I am the only female on the face of the earth that does not like Pride and Prejudice? Obviously that is quite the generalization, but I feel like when ever I bring up my disliking of the novel to one of my female friends they gush about how much they like it. I am finding it hard to locate any meaning behind the text. Yes this is supposed to be a comedic novel, but I guess past the slightly satirical dramatizations of the women and men, I cannot find any significance of this novel. Now... Continue reading
To start, this post contains information about Chapter Five, so if you have not read up to there yet, I would advise you to wait until you have. At the very end of Chapter Five in Pride and Prejudice, Miss Lucas and Elizabeth discuss Mr. Darcy and his sense of pride in himself. "'His pride,' said Miss Lucas, 'does not offend me so much as pride often does, because there is an excuse for it'" (21). This section intrigued me because it is a strong example of the two hundred year gap between when the book takes place and now.... Continue reading
A section of Light In August that is really interesting to me is Mrs.Hine's reaction to Lena's newborn son. On page 409 Lena states that Mrs. Hines "...keeps on calling him Joey. When his name aint Joey. And she keeps on..." It is sad to see Mrs. Hines so confused about her past and the present. It even reminds me slightly of alzheimer's, because of her inability to tell the difference between the future, the past, and the present. Her entire situation with Doc Hines and the death of Milly was obviously a scarring one for Mrs. Hines, but I... Continue reading
As much as I would love to write a post on the complexities, of Light in August, I find myself completely drained after spending two hours every night reading and annotating. I hope to have the energy and complete thoughts next week to be able to write on the novel, but this week I thought I would do a little bit of ranting, letting off some steam. College. Holy crap. Now let me just tell you, college has been haunting me since freshman year. My sister was a senior when I was a freshman and my parents took it upon... Continue reading
The Theme article by Perrine that was assigned to us for reading this weekend was an article that actually made me feel some emotion. I bet anyone who is reading this is thinking "Man this girl is odd, getting emotion from something as common as theme?!" Yes it is true, there were a few waves of emotion that I faced when reading this article. My first emotion that ran through my head was thankfulness that Heidkamp gave us such a straightforward article explaining a topic that has alwyas seemed ambiguous to me. Then my happiness abrubtly stopped. I realized at... Continue reading
In part two chapter three, Meursault has one of his first encounters with emotion. Well rather, one of the first that we a readers have witnessed. When he is in the courtroom, the prosecutor is succeeding in making Meursault's case look horrible and Meursault admits "...for the first time in years I had this stupid urge to cry, because I could feel how much all these people hated me" (89). For once we see him admit to any sort of emotion. Had Meursault actually went ahead and cried in the courtroom, I think it would have helped his case because... Continue reading
Meursault doesn't seem to find value in commitment. He does not care if he marries Marie, he does not care if he moves to Paris, he has hardly any attachment to his dead mother. My question is then, why does Meursault not want to commit to anything? Marriage is understandable becuase not all people find it nessecary to be married but how about his move to Paris? If he was to up and leave, he would leave people in the town that he knows. He may not be firends with them but it is still significant. When he talks to... Continue reading
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