To Mars in a soup can; Blog 22

For the independent reading author selection I chose Ray Bradbury. I chose this author because I have read some of his work, two short stories. They were dark, and imaginative and the plots were incredible. After reading “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury I was instantly taken with the way he saw the world and how he pieced each word together into something so simple and terrifying. The way he delved into the workings of the house brought the story to life. It was imaginative, and the way the story played out was chilling. His writing is eerie and beautiful. This year we read The Veldt, and I found it to be stunning as well. His writing amazes me and I would love to explore more of his work. Ray Bradbury wrote novels, and short stories. Although he did dabble in other forms of literature. I was more interested in how Ray Bradbury wrote, instead of what forms of literature he wrote. I love reading novels, short stories, and poems. Even screenplays peek my interested. What really struck me was the genres of books and short stories he wrote. After looking up up his work, I found Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and A Sound Of Thunder to be really interesting. Fahrenheit 451 is regarded as one of Ray Bradbury’s most notable works. It’s about a dystopian society, and I love reading about dystopian society. The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and “firemen” burn any that are found. It follows a man who is a “fireman”, but he soon begins to question his existence and what everything really means. He escapes his oppressive society and joins an underground society. Just by reading the summary I was hooked. The second book I found to also be really interesting because it’s a dark fantasy novel. That last one is a short story called A Sound Of Thunder. I was drawn to it because it’s science fiction. Ray Bradbury was born in 1920. After graduating from high school in 1938, Bradbury was turned down for military service because of bad eyesight. He earned a living selling newspapers while working on his writing. He wrote many novels and short stories and an array of other works before he died in 2012.


The anger I feel; Blog 21

I think the novel is very unique and the writing style is brilliant for the story and the point of view it is told from. The way Mark Twain writes in the dialect of Huck Finn was an interesting touch. The misspelled words and unique form of sentences brings the story to life. I’ve never really thought about how the story might be before, I just kind of thought it was some prestigious book. Because of how long ago it was written, I was expecting it to be more boring than it actually is. It is, however, just as racist as I was expecting it to be, because offensive language is very present all throughout the book. It’s way different than I thought it would be writing wise. Although the actual plot of the book wasn’t a surprise. I love the voice of Huck Finn.  I hate Pap Finn, and the new judge for allowing Pap Finn to remain the legal guardian of Huck Finn. I want to learn more about Pap Finn’s childhood. I’m curious to know who made him such a horrible person. Perhaps it was his father and that is why he is so hard on Huck I really like the character of Huck Finn, his thoughts are unfiltered and its really interesting to see. Of course the use of offensive language makes me very uncomfortable.I guess this helps with the presentation maybe. The contents of the book is raw and should make you uncomfortable so perhaps it brings a new dimension of bringing realization to the readers. I realize at the time the book was published a certain word grouping certain people together was common, although now it’s demeaning and very offensive. I like the book and how it’s revealing the realities of this time and how it’s raw uncensored content is showing the hardship of the lives in the book. It is a little better than I expected.  The book itself is very interesting, and I am  especially the dynamic between the different characters and what the characters represent or what they are satirizing. 


Jumping frogs! Blog 20

When we were first assigned the story to read, I was very intrigued by the title. It didn’t seem like something that would fit into the satire unit. Or course I was very wrong. I was expecting a cute little story, maybe something hopeful and a story you would read to a child. I enjoyed the way there was another story within the story and it was told from someone other than the narrator. Also, the change in writing from the narrator to Simon Wheeler. The narrator was very formal and particular with his words, while Simon Wheeler seemed uneducated. The humor was very obvious, but so obvious that I almost missed it at first. The point of the story was to show that even if you do not have formal education, you can still be smart. And now on to independent reading. I liked that we had to created a book trailer for our independent reading book. At first I was annoyed by it. I had no idea how to make a book trailer, or any kind of trailer. It also didn’t help that the book I chose was fantasy based and I got into thinking about how I was going to do this. First I tried to make it very complicated and make it animated, but then I realized I just had to find the essence of the book and show it. It really made me focus on each event that took place in the story and how it pertained to the plot and each characters role in the formation of the book. I wasn’t really thinking about what kind of book I wanted, but because I knew I had to find a book that was interesting and not so traditional and cliche in its presentation and follow through.The first chapter was way shorter than I thought it would be and I also enjoyed the pictures. I understand the character of Huck Finn. He pours his thoughts out, he doesn’t seem so complicated as some people. The writing it raw and not trying to show off. It’s a perfect style for the story to be conveyed through. I think this story will be a tragedy.

Satire; Blog 20

I come from a humorous family. My dad is very sarcastic and my family watches shows with satire, and dark humor. I think everything is funny. I really enjoy puns and witty jokes. Weird things always make me laugh. I can not really put my humor into one category, I fall into all of them. If something has a chance of being funny, I will probably laugh. An example of my sometimes unsophisticated and easily amused humor would be this clip:

Mark Twain was a realist and revealed the truths about the 19th century through his writing. He used satire in his writing to convey these truths. Mark Twain was a  I have heard of Mark Twain, although I have never officially studied him before. I know he is a famous writer and that he is well known for his realism style of writing. His writing showed the the truth behind life and the cruel realities that were avoided. Mark Twain was a major American writer from Missouri. His stories and novels are famous for their humor, vivid details, and memorable characters. His best-known works are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, both classics in American literature.