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So yeah.. I'm not sure if this has a prompt attached to it, but I think its important to the novel, so I blog about it. Flipping back through God of Small Things, I think that ugly, macabre things really define the novel, both through Big Things and Small Things. Sophie Mol and Velutha's deaths are two ugly secrets that the family refuses to allow in the open. The forbidden nature of these things forces them through the world of Small things. Relatedly, sex has a pretty grotesque beat to it as well . Estha's rape, the violence that follows... Continue reading
So, in a search for something to blog about, I thought abouts titles. Chapter titles in this case. Its not something I feel we discuss all that much, mainly because most writers simply go, 1, 2, 3, etc. But sometimes we get marooned with nothing to keep us company but a book like Beloved where titles didn't exist or the other side of coin, GOST, with its intricate titles that can also serve as a first sentence for the chapter. Personally, I like titles like the one's in GOST where as opposed to Beloved (but then again I had more... Continue reading
Roy has an intresting view on love. After reading God of Small Things, I came to apperciate all the different forms of love she writes about. There is familial love, of the sort Chacko gets from Mammachi (although, its really more blind affection than what I would call love), or the obsessive love Baby Kochamma has for the priest, but I feel that the heart of the story is the impossiblity of the emotions between the Velutha and Ammu. At every possible turn in the novel, that sort of love, the type I would call real love (unlike the pervious... Continue reading
Responding with a measure of brevity to Peter’s post: “But I might say that the greatest works of art invite the potential for a single meaning.” I take this to be his general statement, from which Faulkner, Fitzgerald and Morrison are all named as failing to provide the “tremendous intimacy” of The Stranger or Heart of Darkness. I begin with saying that I agree with Peter as to his evaluation of those aforementioned books. I enjoyed them for exactly the same reasons he stated, so there is no point in regurgitating that. Instead, I’ll focus on Faulkner (who is an... Continue reading
So I need to do a blog post. I have no real idea what else there is to regurgitate about Heart of Darkness, so im not going to even try. Anyways... I'm going to talk about Dead Man, the movie we are watching. I’ve already seen this odd, odd film so ill try not to spoil anything. I think it is a thoroughly well done Revisionist Western, it was made in 1995,but might as well be a silent. You can read the whole film off its faces. And Depp’s character encounters circumstances that transform him from a meek accountant into... Continue reading
I found it interesting to note after reading Heart of Darkness that while it seems that Conrad wants to evoke some sort of abstract notion of darkness, he never seems to adequately define it or analyze it. As someone who has written many an essay with the phrase "Too vague" written on them (looking at you Bernie), i see that same quality in Heart of Darkness. This is oddly enough one of the many reasons I adore Apocalypse Now (with special attention to the Redux). It's brilliant to watch, less so to read. (how really can you read about pivotal... Continue reading
So I was reading back in Heart of Darkness, way back to the beginning at the point where Bernie said that one literary critic thinks that the entire meaning of Heart of Darkness lies in Conrad’s phrase, “the whited sepulchre.” The first thing I thought of is that Africa is the tomb of European civilization (the whites) because of the constant foreshadowing of doom, death and destruction that litters the first pages of the book. I don’t really know what it means, but it is an interesting phrase when you consider Conrad’s continued use of white and black, light and... Continue reading
What a semester. For me , like several other people, The Stranger was by far the best book to come out of this semester. Only its not really just a book is it? Its more of an idea pressed into pages, which I suppose is the point of reading literature at all, but the other books just seemed..stale after The Stranger. I've read Camus's The Rebel (if anyone has a long flight or hours of interrupted times on their hands, read it) and The Plague (read it on the return flight) so I'm going out on a limb here and... Continue reading
So i was thinking about Kent. Never a healthy pastime, but there you go. I feel sad for Kent in a sort of pathetic way. He remains constant to Lear with a puppy dog quality throughout the entire play, right up to the point were he commits (wholly unnecessary) suicide? I guess my distaste for Kent stems more from the fact that I dislike Lear and consider him unworthy of the unrequited love Kent demonstrate for him. I suppose a lot of that dislike for Lear bleeds over to Kent I feel he comes across as not as a fool,... Continue reading
So. Here I am mulling over act one of King Lear and it struck me that it is very…random. Almost nonsensical. From my paltry reading of Shakespeare's serious plays, I understand that they tend to begin with some precipitating event. For an example, let’s use one of Shakespeare’s other “kingly” plays, Macbeth. That play opens with Macbeth traveling across a moor thingy and then he comes across the three weird sisters. Soon after, a ghost appears at the royal castle, action follows. Maybe I need to read more, but I have yet to come across another Shakespeare where the lead... Continue reading
Why do I feel like I am not the only male on the face of the earth that does not like Pride and Prejudice? Obviously this is not a generalization, but I feel like when ever I bring up my disliking of the novel to one of my male friends they gush about how much they dislike it awhile. 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... Continue reading
I've come about to the idea that Mrs.Bennet is, as the title states, a social hypochondriac. A hypochondriac is defined as a person with imaginary symptoms and ailments, and i think that this can apply to Mrs.Bennet socially. Throughout these formative chapters Mrs.Bennet seems to delight in imagining how and to whom her daughters will be married off to. Mr. Bennet makes a comment to this regard when he remarks dryly in chapter 1 about his wifes "nerves". Its rather hard for me to articulate the meaning behind the phrase "social hypochondriac". I suppose its like a social butterfly only... Continue reading
At this point, it seems like we have discussed everything there is to discuss on race in Light in August. But here I go, hoping to find something new to talk about. When Faulkner is not focusing on the guillible guilty Hightower or the psychotic Christmas, the narrative fills in with the Town. To me, it seems that Faulkner alternates his three main characters highly subjective perspectives with the consensus-building dynamics of the Town. The first example I can think of is how quickly ideas about Burdens murder spread in the Town consciousnes. The collective thoughts of the Town not... Continue reading
I agree, nay concur with Lingyu D Kangmeng. If nothing else, Meursault is the more hardcore because (after a fashion) he dies because of his beliefs. I don't want to say a martyr, but something like that.
LIA portrays women pretty much how I would imagine they were in certain parts of the South during the late 1920's. Just putting my two cents out there.
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Sep 25, 2010
I have a problem with blogs. With very few exceptions, there appears to be a lack of dialogue here on the AP English blog. Maybe I assume too much about other people, but it seems that most posts get two comments (if they are luck) and then get relegated to internet dustbin. Im not removing myself from this equation, more often then not I find a post with a not too boring title, skim for the main point and post some qualitative comment (usually) disagreeing with the poster. I feel that this is a great idea, but the blogs move... Continue reading
This is an idea I deemed too trivial for in class discussion, but well suited to blog about. Who would play Meursault in the non-existent movie adaptation of The Stranger? I feel it would be difficult role and that any conversation about it would led to an examination of how truly strange Meursault is. And to a larger extent, I wonder who would play the rest of the characters. Quite possibly too off topic, but should be enjoyable should anyone care to comment. Continue reading
I disagree. I feel that Meursault lusts for Marie because that is what he, as an (unwilling) member of society, has been conditioned to lust for. Continuing with Rolf's use of Freud, the Id is amoral, selfish and primary sexual, it is also unorganised and unconscious by definition. These impluses are therefore shaped and brought to fruition in the conscious world by external stimuli, eg social constructs
First person shooter? Team Fortress 2 Real Time Strategy? Red Alert 3 Most unique video game of all time? Portal. RPG, Mass Effect 2
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Sep 7, 2010