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It's a known fact that English class is for analyzing every detail of a piece of literature. I often times do not agree with the mantra, "everything is intentional." Sometimes, I think that writing can be a representation of life. A story without a message. Just something interesting that could have happened in this world or another. I do agree with the mantra, "Art does not reveal the artist." - Oscar Wilde People often assume that the ideas and morals of a character in a story or a speaker of a poem are the same as the author's. This is... Continue reading
I definiately agree with you. It is unfortunate that this was inevitable for him. Humans tend to want to have power (shocking, I know), and I think this movie warning us about how easy it is to get gun happy, even if you started off without looking for trouble or power, like Blake.
I think that is the best kind of Querencia, because it can travel with you forever. Obviously, a lot of people agree with you. Having a true, physical Querencia might actually be a bit unhealthy. In class, I said that my Querencia could be the stage, but I was also having trouble with this assignment. I'm at home when I have a million different characters inside my mind, waiting to be brought out on stage. However, it hardly matters which stage it is. So, I'm still thinking. You have a place to keep all of your characters! In the rectangular world you can hold in your hands. :)
Remember this spiffy monologue from "500 Days of Summer"? ~~~ It's these greeting cards, Sir, these cards, these movies, these pop songs. They're responsible for all the lies, the heartache, everything! We're responsible! I think we do a bad thing here. People should be able to say how they feel, how they really feel, without some strangers putting words in their mouths. The truth. A card is a nice thought, but it shouldn't do the dirty work for you. You love someone, tell them yourself, in your own words. Maybe it's not love at all. Maybe there's no such thing... Continue reading
In my AP Spanish class, we watched a movie called, "La Cosecha" (The Harvest). It is about migrant families that work picking crops. In America. Their children must work too. 12 year olds picking crops. Cutting their hands. Getting diseases, heat stroke, and back problems. Not getting proper schooling. They get paid what you might pay for gum.. to carry pounds and pounds of crops. Then you go to the grocery store and pay 10 times what they got for picking and carrying boxes upon boxes of tomatoes.. for just one. Child labor is a difficult issue to address. If... Continue reading
I totally agree with all of your thoughts on this. It seems that he had to BREAK the law to BE the law. And his loneliness as a motive does help the reader to sympathize with his choices.
Marlow is a human. Humans suck. We are human, so we don't readily acknowledge Marlow's suckishness. He is trying to be good, but he's stuck in the middle, and he doesn't understand his feelings. His feelings towards the natives are particularly confusing, because they seem positive. However, he speaks of them as if they are beautiful animals. Not humans. I guess within my previous argument... that would be all the more positive. Heck, I'm so sleepy I can't put coherent thoughts together. Excuse me.
West Side Story is most definitely a tragedy. Like you said, it is a modern take on one of the most famous tragedies of all time. But why is it a tragedy? You say, "West Side Story involves two innocent characters that simply want to break the barriers of competing gangs. The two do not deserve to die, and do not do anything to deserve death." But then it can't be a tragedy, right? Tony and Maria's death is not their fault. That is a key requirement for the definition of a tragedy. I think that the real "tragic heros" are the Sharks and the Jets. The Sharks and the Jets are not bad people, but they have a fault: their irrational rivalry with each other. This fault causes the death of Tony and Maria, which is a fate that causes grief to both sides.
Magic. Hmm... Define it. I dare you. A miracle? Something that cannot be explained? Ok, are undiscovered animals magical? Not until we find them... you say... What about an angel falling from the sky? A woman with a spider body? Those last two. "Yeaaah," you say. But if you were face to face with a very old man with enormous wings, your human mind would rationalize it. Once it is in front of you, it's no longer magic, it's a freak mutation. A genetic mistake. Why are moving pictures in "Harry Potter" magic? Because it happened with a wave of... Continue reading
Oh my. This is very sad... and very true. It is lucky that music is abundant. It seems we need another mozart to be born. A savant. Someone with modern ideas, but equal caliber. And you know... I'm sure we'll get him/her.
Yes, I'd say it is a tragic story. I don't think a genre should have such harsh criteria anyway. What if there is a story in which the main character is evil and gets what he deserves, and he doesn't cause the downfall? What is that called? Also, I adore Neil Patrick Harris and Dr. Horrible. You, Sir, are a winner.
Yeah! Totes magotes agree with you about it being interesting that the tragedy definition is applied so often. Just FYI, it's not a Soap Opera, it's an Opera. Meaning it is all music, and every line is either sung or in rhythm. But it is drama-ful, like a soap opera. ^_^
Modern Tragedy? How about futuristic Tragedy? How about futuristic rock opera slasher movie Tragedy? REPO! The Genetic Opera. In the future, there is an epidemic of organ failures. But, never fear! Geneco is here! To give you organ transplants. However, if you can't pay off your debt, Geneco will send the REPO man to come repossess your organs! (Yes, this is an Opera. Seriously.) Our Tragic Hero is Nathan Wallace, better known as: The REPO Man. He's not a bad guy. Did you just raise your eyebrow skeptically? You say any man who rips out the still beating heart from... Continue reading
Yep. Silly Lear. I think this could be proving a point: royalty did not earn their place. Lear is just an old man. Being King spoiled him. He has such high expectations, but when they are not met, there isn't much he can do, or that he knows how to do. He knows that he is important, but he doesn't know why. Somewhere inside, he might know that there isn't a reason. He wasn't God chosen to be King. Maybe he would save himself from fate if he realized that he is just an old man.
Would You Rather be extremely stubborn, or an extreme push-over? Which do you think would take you farther in life? Obviously, Lear is extremely stubborn, due to his pride, and that doesn't seem to be working out for him very well. Oddly enough, I think that I am extremely stubborn, and an extreme push-over at the same time. I'm stubborn about plans and traditions, but a push-over when it comes to "Aliiiiciiaaaa, would you throw out my water bottle for me? Pleeeaaaseeee??" I guess your answer would depend on your company. As a push-over, you'd have to rely on others... Continue reading
I think the reason you feel sympathy for Edmund and not for Edgar is solely this: We have heard more of Edmund's thoughts. Most villains have a reason for their tricks and believe themselves to be right. Therefore, when we get inside their heads, we sympathize. If you didn't get inside Edmund's head, you would probably just label him as the "villain" character and leave it at that.
Hmm.. *taps chin* Well, Joe, I think you should rewrite this poem. I'd like to read a poem that humanizes celebrities by showing how they are the same in death. However, I think that this poem is doing the opposite, and that is why it irritates me. Why does her death affect these "ambulance men" so much? They are "never the same." Her death affected them more than all the other deaths they had to handle. Why? Because she's a celebrity.
I think you are absolutely right about the meaning of the poem and about the last line. "To hear her living when he had to struggle with death." My only problem with this poem is.. why did this one death have such an effect? Isn't it the job of these men to deal with cadavers? This poem feeds my anger about the fact that more people would care about the death of a pop star than they would if a friend of mine died. Gee, in this world, more might care about a pop star than a civilization being victims of genocide. Although, this way of thinking can't be escaped. But your explanation gave me hope. You pointed out that the poem never stated Monroe's name, and that made me go, "Ooooh, hmmm." Your idea for the meaning ("the reality of death") is beautiful.
This is beautiful. I dislike reading a poem and understanding it right away, and I certainly did not understand this right away. So, yay! Of course, I am no where near sure that I "understand" it how you mean it to be understood even now, but I have my interpretation. I got- someone holding onto the past. Feeling pain from an event that occurred long ago. Maybe someone in mourning. I loved the breaths. I have this awful habit of acting out actions described in books, so I definitely breathed at those parts in your poem, and I think it was an asset.. this time. Anyway... A+ for yoooou!
Oh, what a breath of fresh air this sonnet is. You know what one of my biggest pet peeves is? Often in movies and novels, the main characters talk of nothing but their love of one another. I often shout at the screen, "BUT WHY DO YOU LOVE EACH OTHER? HUH?" It's very unrealistic. A couple should be best friends. And you know what? Best friends make fun of each other, because they know that they love each other. Though at first glance this poem seems rude and maybe even cruel, I think it is the most loving of all.... Continue reading
Every time I look at the cover of The Awakening, I see a woman being suffocated by a blue plastic bag. I know it is a veil. . . But, just to make myself sound more like a tool, one could say she killed herself in an effort to evade the "veil of society." And she does kill herself by denying herself air. Just sayin. Alright, so I'm crazy. But now every time you look at that cover, you're going to see the plastic bag, aren't you? Eheheh Continue reading
This was a strange poem. I agree. It made me deeply sad, and I could not discern why. I think it connects to The Hunger Artist nicely, and I did not notice that until now. The hunger artist's attraction is purely action. He is not deformed by birth, but he creates his deformity. The dog does not create his/her deformity. He/she is born with it. Maybe that is why it was sad to me. Unescapable fate.
The characters in The Awakening irritated me too, but for a different reason. I just didn't care about any of them. They are all privileged, upper class people with selfish concerns. I didn't feel sorry for Edna, because there was nothing "wrong" in her life. She couldn't find "right" in it, but that is her own fault.
You have made me very curious about Faulkner's intentions regarding the two named "Joe." I think the reason Christmas is more "likable" is that we have been with him through it all. We see Christmas' causes, while we only see Brown's effects. This makes me think that Faulker supported "Nurture" in the "Nature vs. Nurture" debate.
Today in class, we discussed the moment of realization when an infant discovers his/her being as a separate entity from his/her mother. My mom carried me around with her all the time as a baby. And I mean all the time. Her friends would make fun of her saying, "Aren't you going to put that baby down while you eat your dinner?" As you'd expect, my mom witnessed all of my baby "firsts." This includes my individuality epiphany. She likes to tell me that story. One day, she saw me look at my hands. My eyes widened and I watched... Continue reading