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the love of a pretty disillusioned town.

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in the three poems we read; “disillusionment of ten o’clock”, “anyone lived in a pretty how town”, and “the love song of j. alfred prufrock”, all contained the same underlying theme of sameness in society and our lives. “disillusionment of ten o’clock” does this through its use of the comparison of nightgowns and dreams to symbolize types of people in our society. very literally, those in white, plain, common nightgowns are those who follow the same structured routine everyday, and they don’t dream dreams of baboons or periwinkle, while those in colorful, unique attire symbolize those willing to take different routes in life, and break routine, and as a result they, like the drunk, catch tigers in red weather in their dreams. the author is basically stating that those who keep themselves stuck in the same routine will find themselves stuck and unhappy in their life, while those who veer a different path will find interest and enjoyment in their life, whether it be unconventionally or not.

“anyone lived in a pretty how town” uses generalizing pronouns like “anyone” “no one” and “someone” to represent how despite us all being individuals, we have turned into wanting to be just like everybody else. every descriptor of any individual in this poem is a generalization, and could categorize any group of people, which cummings is using to display the sameness we all display. all of the changes in these people’s lives are displayed by changes in nature or emotion, but not changes in the actual people themselves (ie: sun moon stars rain, these four changes in day and weather are what we use to depict our routine and schedule. summer autumn winter spring // same thing with changes in season like changes in day and weather.) ((also yes i know i type my blogs like e.e. cummings but we’re like 3 weeks out from the end of the school year so really no going back now))

“the love song of j. alfred prufrock” takes the life of a seemingly wealthy man only to reveal that despite the money and the lush life he lives, he feels stuck. the speaker explains how “there will be a time to prepare a face for the faces you meet”, showing that the only way he can live this wealthy life he leads is if he acts like everyone else around him. later, he describes that his life is being measured through coffee spoons, which although that could be taken as a pretty simple statement, like this man just enjoys coffee, it displays how he is stuck in the same schedule every single day, and cannot seem to get out of this way of life. because of those around him, the speaker explains that he was afraid to change his own life and differ from his society, even when the Footman held his coat and snickered. overall, the speaker, regardless of their social status and wealth, is still struggling with being stuck in the sameness in society and day to day life.

although all these poems are relevant because they are trying to carry the same message across, i found that “anyone who lived in a pretty how town” best represents our society and the people in it. personally, i liked “the love song of j. alred prufrock” the most because of the imagery, and it felt as though the speaker was talking to the reader.

huck finn en fin.

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overall, huckleberry finn was not as painstakingly difficult to get through as i thought it would be, the only difficulty while reading was trying to read through the many, many paragraphs of jim speaking. i thought it was a little better than average, the ending seemed pretty abrupt and forced, but I’m pretty happy with the character development and how things worked out for huck and jim. yes, huck finn did a very good job at giving a satirical viewpoint on society, southern romanticism, hypocrisy and superstition. amongst other classic literature novels, this one is towards the top of the list because it kept me interested 95% of the time so yeah. the end, as previously stated, was a good outcome to me, i just didn’t like how twain kind of forced it to end like that, it kinda seemed like he got tired of writing this book and was like, “i feel like ending it here”, so then put in the whole tom confessing ms watson’s will and aunt polly magically appearing at the perfect moment and blah blah blah. i think it’s important for a modern reader to acknowledge the change in times and society in comparison to back then, because this book does display, although at times humorous, an accurate depiction of society back then. yes, i believe it does, especially at this time with the racial conflicts we have arising in our nation, which of course have existing for a long time, but with the issues of police brutality and gun violence it is receiving more media coverage.

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our huck finn project is basically the office on huck finn steroids. we are using mark twain’s satirical outlook on society to create a mockumentary of the book using elements of southern romanticism, superstition and hypocrisy. we picked this project because making little short films is kind of our thing and it an interesting experience not only for us when we’re making it, but for people who watch the finished product. our goal is to put an enjoyable and entertaining twist on the satire of huck finn so that others can better understand the points twain is trying to make, through humour from the office as well.

chapters 30-33

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Although in these chapters there are a lot of important events on the surface: the gold is found, the king confesses to hiding it, even though he didn’t, huck traveling to silas’s farm to steal jim out of slavery, huck then realizing silas is actually tom sawyer’s uncle, then actually meeting up with tom sawyer, and agreeing to steal jim together and finally the king and duke being attacked by townspeople. of course these were all substantial thing that happened in the plot, but one of the most important things was huck’s change in certain aspects of his mindset. we know as readers that huck is viewing society from a “sideline” standpoint, as if he’s watching a new game. these chapters are when i was becoming surprised at some of the things huck was saying, and also confused. for example, we know huck’s deep care for jim, so when he begins talking to the other boy about where jim is, describing him almost as if he is worthless, it’s a little surprising. of course, he’s in the south during this time period, but at this point in the novel you would expect huck to be better than that. he could have straight up told this other boy that he was one of jim’s owners, and came to get him because he ran away, but of course he didn’t, and he made jim sound awful. despite that, huck surprisingly has come to the realization within himself that despite jim being black, he doesn’t deserve to live the way that slaves in the south do, and so he decides to make an attempt to steal jim a second time, which i think is pretty brave of him considering the circumstances and the consequences. also, i find one realization that huck has to be quite hypocritical, i guess, and it’s towards the end of chapter 33: “human beings can be awful cruel to one another”. first of all, i like how he’s just now realizing that, after EVERYTHING that has happened already. now, i don’t know as a whole what huck is umbrella-ing with this statement, i know at the time he was talking about pitying the king and duke, but i wonder if this is the change of opinion on slavery in huck beginning. although huck is a generally okay person, he does have some cruel qualities: faking his own death, lying… all the time… to everyone, and kind of just being okay with slavery as a whole, despite his best friend being stuck in it. so he’s kinda hypocritical, but at least he’s finally acknowledging a truth about society. we pretty much just meet the phelps family, and are also reintroduced to tom sawyer again. in these chapters we learn more about tom sawyer’s life, outside of just him as an individual, as well as huck. we find very similar qualities in tom and huck, like their ability to make up any lie on the spot and just keep going on with it until the other party believes them. we know that the phelps’ farm is pretty much the stereotypical southern farm during this time period; they own slaves, which as a reader we HATE, but once again twain uses these characters in the category of being good people with bad morals. i’m really hoping this plot is leading toward something positive, like actually helping jim escape, but considering how badly 95% of hucks other plans have worked out, i don’t think that’s realistic anymore.

 

sylvia plath.

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sylvia plath was an influential female author from early-mid 1900’s, who primarily wrote poetry, but also did have one novel published as well. her poetry and just her life in general really drew me in to want to read her works, because like many poets, she faced hardships and loss, but she also wrote of a darkness within herself that she faced everyday. no matter what she wrote, she was able to encapture the reader. her works are heavily influenced by the post-war period America was facing, especially the affect on the lives of women. she often wrote of death, social constructs and boundaries, or even nature. despite many people’s dislike towards poetry, i actually enjoy reading it because i feel that, especially for sylvia plath, it’s like a door to someone’s thoughts. with poetry there are no boundaries, and you can bring your own connotation to whatever situation you are writing about. some of sylvia’s most interesting works are collosus, ariel, and the bell jar. the bell jar is basically a mirror of sylvia’s life, just with names and places changed, but it reflects sylvia’s own spiral into depression and mental illness. ariel is a brief, yet beautiful poem of finding freedom and being “reborn”, and finally collosus is the metaphorical look on the death of her father, when being referred to as a statue that she has to piece back together and look after. overall, sylvia plath faced a lot more than most people, and the things that heavily influenced her writing, heavily influenced her mind as well.

huck finn initial impressions.

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up until chapter 8, i can thoroughly say i enjoy huck finn, or at least tolerate it more than i would expect myself to when reading classic american literature. the only reason i’m excluding chapter 8 is because it’s the first time that jim talks (for what i’ve read of it so far) like 95% of the time, and i actually need to read it out loud just to understand most of what he’s saying, and then go over it 2x because i lose track of what he’s even talking about because i’m so focused on trying to realize what certain words, or fractions of words i guess, are. i also do find this novel quite interesting because this kid is only like 12-13 years old and he acts (most of the time) more mature than 99% of the male population in our high school. also, he’s literally thriving on his own out in the woods, while jim, who despite being a slave, is still very looked up to by huck, can barely fend for himself in the woods, and they were both out there for the same amount of time. it’s just fascinating to see into the mind of someone that age, during that time period, who feels so conflicted in his life despite being so young. this novel has a lot more pros than cons, which has surprised me a lot, but something that i’ve found to fit into both those categories was definitely the use of colloquial writing. mark twain uses is very well, and has helped me picture what not only huck finn (ik he’s fictional but if he were real), but many other kids his age, would have been like during that time period. but, in places like chapter 8, it honestly truly takes me a hot minute to get through any conversation, especially with jim as i stated. overall, huck finn is pretty chill so far, besides the fact that his dad tried to murder him, and he faked his own death, but BESIDES that… it’s gucci.

ir, twain, and finn.

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overall, after understanding the meaning behind “the celebrated jumping frog of calaveras county”, i thought that twain very effectively used satire to trick the narrator and the reader. twain used diction especially to highlight the education and wealth of the narrator, and the uneducated aspects of wheeler, which were very quickly stereotyped by the narrator based on wheeler’s looks, and where he lived. also, using wheeler’s storytelling to make up most of the short story was a clever way to not only fool the narrator, but the reader because the same fallacies that the narrator didn’t pick up on, we failed to catch as well.

i thought independent reading in the 3rd quarter was very helpful, not only to myself who had countless hours of drama practices after school, so i really did not have that much time for IR, but also to be able to see what books others were reading as well, and be introduced to the plot from their point of view. also i felt that despite my limited free time outside of school, i read through my book much quicker and enjoyed it a lot more. besides this, i actually enjoyed doing the book trailer as opposed to taking a test, because it forced me to dive into a new creative realm by being forced to recreate my own interpretation of it in order to influence others to read the book i read as well. plus, i just like making and editing videos for projects in general.

well, my first impression of huck finn was just that the diction took me a minute to get used to, but it ended up allowing me to kind of read it in huckleberry’s voice, which made it easier to process. also, he seems to be pretty unsatisfied with the way his life is, despite him having a good home and people who care for him, and he wants to go somewhere and make a change. that’s what i’ve gotten so far. yup.

satire.

satiric humor is very prevalent in many of the shows i watch today, like the office, family guy, the simpsons, saturday night live etc etc. i think it’s a very effective way to get the audience’s attention and to have them continue talking about their show, but i’ve found that to many people today it is overused, and many shows or other mainstream forms of media that use it come across as trying too hard. but, of course, my sense of humor is outrageous and i enjoy dry and dark humor, and pretty much a lot of things that aren’t funny to most people, are hilarious to me so there’s that. that’s why my first thought was to choose the immense amount of satire that “the office” displays throughout it, especially through the main character michael scott. in the clip i chose, entitled “diversity day”, michael makes an attempt to “celebrate” diversity in the workplace, but really just ends up pointing out racial stereotypes, and everything that divides us. racial ignorance and societal ignorance, in general, is being made fun of through michael’s lighthearted, yet extremely ignorant character views.

i don’t really know a lot about mark twain beside what we talked about in class today: he had a good sense of humor and enjoyed lowkey, but also highkey, calling political figures out. with research i discovered that despite mark twain’s prevalent impact on classic american literature, he received little smount of real education, much of it was a result of his motivation to go out and educate himself as a child.

vertigo.

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i usually cannot stand older movies because the acting is usually too melodramatic and the stories don’t do a very good job at keeping me interested, but vertigo has (almost) changed my opinion, so far. i will say there are a few cringy moments, like when he falls off the ladder ever-so-dramatically into her arms or when they set up the shot for the kissing scene 5 minutes prior so you KNOW it’s going to happen, but then, of course, there’s some dramatic interaction and scene prior then BAM. anyway. besides that, this movie and the story within it has kept me interested, and i was lowkey upset when we didn’t watch it today in class, so that’s saying something. I JUST WANNA KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. i have refrained from reading the plot synopsis for the very reason that i want to be surprised, but now i just wanna know what happens already. as for what i liked specifically, the intertwining of these people’s lives throughout the story is fascinating, like how john has known midge for so long, like, they were even engaged even if it was only for a few weeks, and he’s with her a lot, but he puts up this invisible emotional wall. but, with madeline, who he’s basically stalking let’s be real, he barely knows her, except for the facts that she’s been sneaking around & she’s his FRIEND’S WIFE, but he already has this strong connection with her and as previously stated kisses her, basically making her cheat on her husband who is his FRIEND. what a mess. also, the music whenever john and madeline see each other gets REAL dramatic, which is cool because it shows that they have, or i guess will end up having, a significant relationship with each other, even if we didn’t know that at the beginning of the movie. i already said some things i didn’t like, but another i just did not understand was how oBLIVIOUS MADELINE IS. THIS MAN IS FOLLOWING YOU IN THE SAME CAR EVERYWHERE YOU GO AND YOU STILL DON’T REALIZE HE’S FOLLOWING YOU???????? i’m fired up.

anyway, i honestly don’t know what’s going to happen. i personally think this is the story leading up to that scene we saw of john in the beginning, but beyond that i’m not really sure. also, i feel like carlotta has possessed madeline. that’s all. i don’t know.

end of the song.

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after closely examining and understanding all of the sections, i can honestly say i enjoyed this poem, no matter how long it was (and it wasn’t even the entire thing wow ok). there were a lot of different things that whitman discussed throughout the entire poem, but they all linked back to one another, which made it easier to comprehend. i found that cantos 51 was the most interest just because i felt that despite it being extremely late in whitman’s life, it was a turning point for him. he spent the entire poem previous preaching all of these transcendentalism concepts, but this is when he begins questioning if it’s all worth it, he even personally speaks to god himself. this entire poem and the way it speaks about how difficult it is to find your true identity, and understand that we are not only one thing, but made up of many beautiful things, and we all originate from the same things. if i had to rate this poem i would probably rate it a 9 out of ten because it shows that we are always finding and discovering ourselves, no matter what age we are, so we don’t need to be worried if we feel as though we aren’t sure what to do in this life.

civil disobedience.

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yes, i do agree with the statement, “that government is best which governs least” because the laws that the government creates should not infringe upon our daily lives. our government’s role in our lives as citizens may not seem as prevalent because we have had these moral & legal laws set in place in our minds and lives since we were born, so following their laws comes naturally to us. citizens who don’t follow our government’s laws have other factors weighing down on their moral reasoning that differs from the average citizen, who is able to follow these rules with no infraction on their normal routine.

a government that commands my respect is a government which respects me. if a government requires respect from its citizens, the only way they can receive that same respect back is if they reciprocate it. why would people want to follow a group’s rules if that group doesn’t even follow their own rules they have put in place.

today, civil disobedience is an extremely crucial part of our society, especially as a democracy. making the choice to peacefully protest speaks louder when trying to make change happen as opposed to rioting and violence. civil disobedience is effective in our society today more than ever because it doesn’t require riots and violence, like in the past, to raise awareness and spread the situation across the media.

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