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November 1, 2010

First of all, I would like to thank LisaMarie Maher and Caitlin Machicote for their enlightening comments on this passage . They really gave me much insight as to what the passage
meant in interpreting certain themes in the novel. “If the weather had been cloudy”, he would have thought gloomily about the idle habits spoken of by his father as he did in the past. Knowing how Faulkner liked to change time periods in the minds of his characters, we might consider the second line as occurring in the present, when he hopes the weather stays nice at New London. When he thinks of brides, his mind goes back to the wording on the invitation to his sister’s wedding, however he uses “roses” to describe the couple. Roses can indentify different meanings, for example, passion, love, friendship and purity. Ms. Maher points out the line “Roses. Not virgins, like dogwood, milkweed.” I agree that these flowers symbolize the difference in sexual status between Caddy and Quentin. Caddy is pregnant with another man’s child and Quentin remains a virgin. In order to “protect” Caddy, Quentin lies to his father when he “admits” an incestuous relationship with his sister. Quentin feels that he should get a refund from Harvard because he missed the boat race. A boat race is not really an
important thing in reality. In her blog, Ms. Machicote explains that this desire for a refund is due to the fact that going to Harvard gave him no pleasure and he would gladly give the year to Jason. Overall, this paragraph gives us a glimpse into the inner workings of Quentin ‘s soul and the depression that haunts him constantly.

Faulkner: Benjy section

October 27, 2010

By reading Benjy point of views by going to the past of what happened I got a sense that Benjy only cared for his sister Caddy. Even though Benjy is not “normal” he still can grasp what going on around him. When in reality he is 33 years old he remembering of what happening when he was 3 years old because in the section he remembers his sister. Caddy cared for him even though he was different than the rest of the family. For example, she would rub his hands when they were cold and take him to go somewhere. I got that Caddy thought that Benjy was still a human no matter if he was normal or had a mental problem. I was glad that Caddy was also there for her brother. I like how Benjy always says “she smells like trees or leaves”, it give you a sight of how close they were. I felt sorry for Benjy because I understand how he feels to be different. But we all different in our own way and I feel that what Faulkner is trying to write about Benjy point of view.

“Hello, Benjy.” Caddy said. She opened the gate and came in and stopped down. Caddy smelled like leaves. “Did you come to meet me.” she said. “Did you come to meet Caddy…”

“Did you come to meet Caddy,”, she said, rubbing my hands. “What is it. What are you trying to tell Caddy.” Caddy smelled like trees and like when she says we were asleep.

William Faulkner: when the book became alive for me

October 25, 2010

The book really didn’t come to life for me in the beginning. I kind of knew who was talking in the chapters but what was going on was confusing. The words in italics were very confusing also; I didn’t know who was saying the words written in Italics and whether or not if the action was occurring in the past or present. When going further in the chapter I realized that Benjy was not “normal”. He played in the grass and thought that the flowers were a great treasure. He describes crying a lot and moaning for no apparent reason. I felt sorry for Benjy. In the second chapter Quentin seems much more aware of people and things around him. Maybe he thinks that time will pass him by because he always looking at a clock. Also what was kind of interesting was how his conscious mind was jumping rapidly from one thought to another. I kind of identified with this aspect of Quentin’s mind.

Favorite page(s) in Persepolis

October 21, 2010

The pages I really like are 96 and 97 because the illustrations show how the young people, like Marji and her friends reacted to the new Islamic Fundamentalist rules at school. The girls were now dressing in the traditional way; they were wearing chadors. Part of their routine was to beat themselves (with there hand) on the chest to symbolize their grief about martyrs who had died. Marji makes fun of them because no one takes them seriously anymore. They also made fun of the hoods that they had to knit for the solders and used toilet paper to decorate the classes for the anniversary of the revolution. When the teacher called them worthless one of the girls said “poopoo”. The teacher became very angry and said the guilty person to come forward. Marji was proud of the fact that they all stuck together even though they were all suspended for a week the girls didn’t care. They all made fun of the teacher behind her back when she announced their suspension. I like the two pages because the girls stuck up for each other and didn’t tell on one another since they felt that all the activities were stupid. Before the change the girls where more comfortable in school and had more freedom. It was difficult to pick one page because I found the whole book to be very entertaining.


October 18, 2010

In 1979 the Iranian people were upset because they felt the Shah, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, was not addressing their cultural, economic, political, and social grievances. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini had been imprisoned in 1963 because he had been one of the heads of the rebellion against the Shah. The rebels finally succeeded in deposing the Shah whose family had been in power for 450 years. The Ayatollah, a Shi’ite clergyman, appealed to the basic principles of the Shi’ite religion which included moral and religious righteousness of struggling against oppression and for justice. The Shah had brutally repressed all opposition to him. The Ayatollah wanted strict adherence to the 1906 constitution, which had established a constitutional monarchy, with the shah subordinate to the elected Majles, or parliament.
Marji the girl in Persepolis starts her story in 1980 when Ayatollah started to enforce strict laws like separating the boys and the girls in school, and enforcing the girls to wear a veil. Marji secret desire was to be a prophet. When the revolution started she “became” a revolutionary. Marji remembers Black Friday, a day on which the Shah’s army killed many people and finally the Shah left the country. The day that Shah left Marji said the country had the biggest celebration in its entire history. Marji’s parents plan a vacation to escape the chaos in Iran. When they come back they learn that Iran was at war with Iraq.

What makes Hemingway, Hemingway?

October 14, 2010

What makes Hemingway, Hemingway? One of the first things I notice was his style of writing which was very different from the style of prior novelist. His sentences were short and not “flowery”. He created dialogues and atmosphere with his short sentences. His was the first writer to use such a style and set a standard for many generations of writers who followed. The Sun Also Rises was written after World War 1, an event that created a lot of chaos in the world. It was difficult to have a “normal” life. In fact all the characters in the novel are unable to maintain relationships. It is curious that even though Hemingway never mentions the war directly yet its effects on people are always there. There was a lot of “immorality” in the novel; for example, there was drunkenness, Brett’s casual sexual encounters that were probably due to Jake’s impotence, physical fights among the characters, and betrayal between supposed friends. Sports were important to Hemingway because they had a beginning and an outcome; that gave some order to the chaos around him. Even though bullfighting is bloody it is just as much a sport as is the fishing trip he loves to take. He was the first writer to describe the aimlessness of the group called “The Lost Generation”.

Hemingway being Hemingway

October 11, 2010

I don’t know what makes Hemingway, Hemingway. I guess what makes Hemingway himself is by doing the things that he loves. For example, when he graduated from high school, Hemingway didn’t go to college instead he work for a newspaper company named “The Kansas City Star”. By working there he created his own style of writing. Which he was able to bring to the books that he wrote. One of them was a book about his experience in World War 1. With the book “The Sun Also Rise”, he creates a realistic work of want is going on around him and he brings it out with great experience. I think is because he puts more action into it than just putting words. He makes enjoyable to read. I found this book easier to read than the poem of “The Wastes Land”. Like I said in the beginning I don’t know what makes Hemingway, Hemingway but he took the chance to do things in life that he brought out in his writing.

Final of “The Waste Land”

October 6, 2010

Since we went over “The Waste Land” again in class, I would never read it ever again on mine own. They were some things that were kind of interesting in the poems, for example, some of the poems had the elements. In the first poem “The Burial of the Dead” meaning the earth. The second poem “The Fire Sermon” meaning fire, than came “Death by Water” meaning water, and the last “What the Thunder Said” meaning air. I didn’t know they had any kind of meaning in them. Like fire could mean passion, rebirth, courage or light, but in “The fire Sermon” it means lust. Even though the poems had the elements in them, there is kind of a fifth element running though the poems. That element that is running though the poem is spiritually felt. In the last poem “What the Thunder Said”, in the last part when it says “the boat responded gaily, to the hand expert with sail and oar the sea was clam” it kind of reminded me of Noah’s Ark because Noah heard God talk with thunder to build a boat for him and his family and the animals he would send. I think he put the elements as titles to represent his kind of emotions and heartache over the years, since he kind of writes the element in an evil way. Like in the beginning of the poems he kind of goes from spiritually than to a horrible dark death emotion. I kind of get what he is trying to write in his poems but I wish he wrote more about life than death.

Updated of The Waste Land

October 4, 2010

After going over some of The Waste Land in class, I feel that I have a better understanding of his poems. But, one of the things I dislike how all his poems end up being about death. I find most of his poems to be very depressing and because of this I really don’t like reading them. In some others poems they still are little confusing when they have sayings like, for example, “jug jug jug jug”. In his poem when he talks about the girl he loved and lost, even though he married someone else, he still writes a poem for her for he loves her still. Even though he didn’t get to married the girl of his dreams, I feel that he should put more feelings into his poems. This should be less about death and more about life. When I read death poems I get very depress for we had too much death around us to feel good about reading about death.

The Waste Land

September 29, 2010

With this poem I found it very dramatic. Each poem is talking about a discovery of different human experiences in life. Each poem was a different expect of life about the fear of death in the games that we play in order to go though in out life’s. But the way that these poems were written, I had some trouble figuring them out. For example, “twit twit twit twit jug jug jug jug jug so rudely forc’d tereu”. Most of these poems are very depressing. With each poem has its own self key in the world, meaning he writes stuff what happened in everyday life. If he put the poems with more life or inspiration, his poems would have been more interesting to read than being bored to death. I don’t know maybe if I understand them a little better, I might like these poems.

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