Blog 28

Another one of these things we call “blogs” for on of the last times this year, and this one is a doozie. This blog is on the film called “Citizen Kane”, and this film is an example of how far along movie making has come since the beginning. My reaction to “Citizen Kane” is really, really surprised actually. I say that because the film surprised me by how intricate, and intertwined everything was in the movie. Also how the film developed each and every character throughout the whole film. Onto the next question, “What do you think of  Charles?”, and “What is his problem?”. First off, I think Charles Foster Kane was a visionary for his time. He started up a newspaper service from the bottom and became one of the best ever, also he was into politics which makes him a very very smart man. What I think his problem was though, well that is a whole other story to tell. I think his problem was that he was not able to deal with stress, and he felt that he had no one to help him through this time of hardship. Also, he could not just stay with one person for his whole life. He went from wife to wife, and it would happen the same way every time he was with one of them. He would love them at first, then have countless arguments with them. Lastly, he would just cheat on that woman with an other woman. Jeez this man was a player if I have ever seen one before in my life. Lastly, which character’s flashback was the most revealing of Kane’s character and why. Well, I think the first flashback to when he was a boy was the most revealing. I say that because Kane just wanted to stay in his mother and father’s care to deal with the hardships he was going through as a child. But, as soon as he let another person in to his life, he just got even more upset and becoming more distant to the things he loves in life.

Blog 27

Another day, another blog. So here we go, imagism poems from the presentations in class. Personally, my favorite poem out of the bunch is “The Red Wheelbarrow” because it was short and simple, also had a deep meaning behind it after analyzing it. But, out of the poems that our groups presented, I think that the poem that Callie presented was the best one present imagism as a whole. Because it used very precise language, but not to difficult to read, and it gave me a very good image in my mind throughout the whole poem.

Blog 25

Our project for Huck Finn is a fantastic idea for it in general. Our plan for the project is to explain the themes of the novel, and then act out some skits for the class to see us representing the themes of the novel. The project meets the requirements by explaining the themes of the work, and we present them in a creative fashion and or way. My expectations for final product is that we execute our plan of acting out the skits, and that we also explain the themes of the work in a clear and complete fashion. On to another subject, Rappaccini’s Daughter also known as the story of Adam and Eve. In my opinion, I thought Rappaccini’s Daughter was a little bit difficult to understand and comprehend for me. But, I kind of understood the message of the work better than the actual story by itself. I think the message of the story was that man is responsible for the surroundings around them, and the problems that follow the through life on this and maybe even beyond this earth. I agree with what the message is trying to give to the reader because us humans are the decider of our own faith, and we choose our own path through life and that the way you life for your whole life.

Blog 23

There are some new characters in Huck Finn that I find very interesting, and I want you to know some stuff about these characters. First of all, the most important thing that happens in these chapters is when Jim gets sold by the King and Duke to the Phelps family. That forces Huck to try to rescue Jim, to help aid him on his journey to the north of the country of the United States of America. Some new characters we meet are: Silas Phelps, and his wife. Silas is a local preacher for the town, and his wife is a stay at home mom also the family owns several other slaves other than Jim. There are some things that we learn about his wife, but on thing in particular is very cold harded. They had a fire at their family farm and she said that nobody was killed in the fire, but ultimately a couple of their slaves burned to death in that fire. That is a horrible way to die, and Mrs. Phelps did not even acknowledge there death in the fire. That shows that she is cold hearted when it comes to the slaves, and also shows that she is racist. I think Huck is eventually going to break out Jim, and they will be on their merry way on their journey to the north in the United States of America.

Blog 24: Huck Fin

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is probably one of the best, or the best novel I have ever read in my short time on this planet Earth so far. To clarify what I just said, here are some to back up that statement I just made. First, the story takes place in the south during the time when slavery was a issue. To me, that is a great setting for a novel because that is very interesting to me. Also the story’s characters in the novel play their part perfectly to a T. The novel also accomplishes many thing when it comes to theme. It totally nails the maturity theme right on the head, with Huck maturing slowly throughout the whole entire novel until the end. Another theme it nail was the slavery theme, because Jim was constantly followed by slave catchers and was trying to be sold to other slave owners throughout the whole novel as well. The last couple chapters in the book for me made me wanting another book to go along with The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. To be honest, I would not change a thing about the last few chapters if the novel because they played out sooo well with the story at hand. With saying that, there are some things that you can take from this story and learn from it. Like to treat others like how you wanted to be treated. Also this novel can apply to our society in many ways, like how maturing. Some people in our society to mature more because life is going to catch up to them real quick, and they are not going to see it coming to them at all. So in conclusion, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is probably the greatest novel I have ever read in my short time on this planet.

Blog 22: On Nobility

Throughout the story of Huck Finn, you meet some of the most interesting characters you will ever hear of in a story like this. For example, you meet Miss Watson and Widow Douglas, who you think would be the nicest people in the whole wide world. But no, they own a slave named Jim who turns out to be one of the most influential characters throughout the whole novel. Also you meet Pap Finn, who is a deadbeat father who kidnaps his own son, and slightly tortures him a little bit. But, eventually Huck escapes and discovers some new people along the way like the King and the Duke. To me, I think the purpose behind the King and the Duke is to represent the people you meet along the way throughout your lifetime. Mark Twain utilized them in regards to the theme by giving them characteristics that showed how people treated each other back in the time period of Huck Finn.

Blog 21

Huck Finn, to me, is a surprisingly interesting novel / book to read in general. When Mr. McGarry said we were going to read Huck Finn, I thought it was going to be the most dreadful thing we were going to do in class all this year. In just the first couple chapters of the book, Mark Twain pulled me into the great adventures of one boy named Huckleberry Finn. Huck is a young boy that was abandoned when he was young, and he has had a rough life throughout the whole story. Then you meet the minor characters in the story, one of them being Jim. Jim is a slave owned by one of the other minor characters named Miss Watson, and Jim is a very smart man for being very uneducated. Huck and Jim meet again later on in the book by Huck escaping his father’s house, and fleeing to a island on the Mississippi River where Jim is also hiding from the slave catchers. But overall, the story of Huckleberry Finn is a very interesting, entertaining book and I look forward to reading the rest of it inside, and outside of the classroom.

Blog 20

Infographics, infographics, infographics. Man, these things are a pain in my butt to make in my opinion. The process to making these so called fancy pictures to me is a hassle. When it comes to the research, you have to dig into the depths of the internet, and only find the very best information possible and only use that great info. Because if you have bad info, your infographic will not turn out the way you want it to turn out. next, the design of your infographic is a key part of it. Because if your infographic does not catch the eye of the reader or viewer of your product, they will just skip right over it. The only kind of positive thing about creating the infographic was that it was a little bit fun about researching a specific topic, and putting the information you found into a picture format. Alright, on to the next subject…SNOWMAGEDDON! Snow days to me are a little bit boring to be honest. The reason I say that it is boring because, I all I really do on a snow day is sit inside all day, and stare at the TV while my brain melts from watching TV. On a good snow day everyone of my friends come together, and we do something in the snow. Like for example sledding, and having snowball fights.

Blog 19: Satire

I have much experience with satire and humor in general. I feel like satire and humor plays a big role in society today. Just take a look at all the big comedians in society today. They are multi millionaires, and are looked up to by thousands or maybe millions of people on the daily. In my opinion, the best kind of humor I enjoy is sarcasm and others kinds like it. The reason why sarcasm is the best is simple. Anyone could be sarcastic, and make a simple joke out of something sarcastic, or anything sarcastic in nature. There are plenty examples of sarcasm around you everyday. For example, you could make an obvious statement that everybody knows, and someone out of nowhere comes up with a smart ass comment. that is a prime example of sarcasm in your daily life. But one the most famous satirists was Mark Twain. To be honest, I did not know that Mark Twain was a satirist. I thought he was just an author and poet, but my assumption was obviously incorrect. Twain was also known as a humorist, writer, publisher, lecturer, and a entrepreneur. Mark Twain truly was an artist for his time, and expanded his view on society and he bettered it as a whole. One of his famous works/books was “Huckleberry and Finn”. Which changed how people write books back in his time, and in today’s society. So in conclusion, satire and humor plays a big role in today’s society, and played a huge role back in Mark Twain’s life because he was a very important satirist for his time.

Blog 16: “Song of Myself”

My first reaction to “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman was the state of being really, really confused. My reasoning for that statement is that the poem in general is a very difficult to read, and understand in general. In my opinion Whitman would had to be a very philosophical, religious, and curious person to write this poem. The thing that I enjoyed about the poem is that he wrote, and revised this poem throughout his whole lifetime, which I find very interesting. Also another thing I found interesting was that Whitman really questions everything throughout the poem, and he also did this just through his daily life. Some of the things that I did not like about the poem was that sometime he did not specify what he was talk about at some of the points in the poem. To me it was also difficult to analyze the poem as a whole. Some  elements of transcendentalism were used throughout the poem. Including the concept of how man is naturally good, and also the oversoul concept. Whitman in the poem represents a representation of himself, in my opinion that would be the hardest thing to do, but it seems to be a challenging thing to do. If I were to do what Whitman does to understand himself, I think i would write about what I am thinking about on a daily basis no matter what it is.