Themes; Blog 25

I am no expert on finding themes, and to be honest I might be completely off the mark here with what I thought the themes are, but I am going to support my answers as best I can. So for the first story, I though that the main theme of Disillusionment of 10 o’clock, is repression. Break free of boring life, in your dreams. “Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock” was written in 1915, so middle-class America was still holding on to the hopes that it could be the European middle class. It was all a bit stuffy, and Stevens was in the thick of it. What is being repressed here is imagination. it calls for the reader to be like the old sailor,  and dream of hunting tigers. Let loose, in other words. At least in your dreams, if nowhere else.The theme of the Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock is love and loneliness . It’s hard to tell whether Prufrock is really in love with the person he is talking to. He speaks about himself a lot, and he ignores her, or “us,” for most of the poem. Maybe he’s too shy to speak his mind, although “cowardly” seems more accurate. There are a couple of points where he almost overcomes his massive fear of rejection, especially when he is standing on top of the stairs and wondering, “Do I dare?” (line 38). But he’s so involved with self hatred that it seems the love he had for this women was rejected and now he feels like he is in hell, and wants to drown. Whatever it is, the feeling never goes anywhere, and Prufrock is left to drown with his would-be beloved in the deep, deep ocean. And the theme of the final poem, is the theme of death. Okay, so when I first read the story, I was horribly confused as to what in the world was going on. So the poem is about a man named anyone, and a woman named noone. No one. This is actually a very deep message. This entire poem is a possibility of what a life could be like. Everyone is anyone, and anyone is no one. We are a small part of a bigger whole and we live, we love, we grieve, and we die. This poem, while at first seemed kind of funny, is horribly sad. “One day anyone died i guess”. This line says a lot about our lives. We die, but it doesn’t matter too much. The world moves on. The season come, they go, and things change. A human life is but a blip in this world and things happen, but no one, not the girl, is no better than anyone. We all die, and we all share, and we are all the same.

A bittersweet ending; Blog 24

At some parts, the booked seem to be slow. Although, after the first few chapters, the story moved faster and I found it more interesting. I thought the book of Huck Finn would be way less interesting than it was. I was expecting something more along the lines of dry writing. Though I think the most note worthy part of Huckleberry Finn was the humanizing of a slave. Jim was written as an actual person, with actual feelings. It was amazing. He was an important character, and was the only true good
person in the entirety of the book. I loved the character of Jim. I also loved that the book was basically about showing how slavery is terrible and makes fun of the huge racial issues in the Romantic South. So overall I have to say the book was way better than expected. I wish the character of Tom was different or just completely removed from all writing in general but that’s okay I guess. Jim is a free man, that’s all I wanted from the moment we started the book. I would say it did. I think a major theme was, something may be lawfully incorrect, but morally right. The struggle Huck has during the story highlights this. He doesn’t want to do the wrong thing, and since it’s illegal at this time to help slaves to freedom, he thought it was wrong. Even when he decides that he doesn’t care and will help Jim, he mentions that he’ll just go to hell. He is morally conflicted between following society and following his “heart” I guess you could say. Though as a modern reader we know what he is doing is good and correct. The book was way surprisingly not extremely different from previous works I’ve read. I mainly read modern works and they use satire as well. You can definitely tell what time period this book was written in based on the language used, but the provocativeness of the book definitely reminds me of modern authors style. I hate Tom. I’m so glad it turned out well for Jim, but I hate Tom and everything his character stands for and represents. Of course this is why Twain introduced him to us. To show how terrible Romanticist think and to make us hate it. If I could change anything, I would have had the bullet be poisoned and a few days after the end of the book, Tom dies. The world doesn’t need a person like him, not at all. Treat everyone with respect and don’t make your actions be self-serving and only revolve around you. Care about people, have empathy. The novel definitely applies to today. There are still racial tensions, and new tensions between religions, and sexes, and sexual orientation. As long as humanity is in existence, there will always be tensions between someone, and this book shows how terrible those tensions are by making fun of it. I am going to show important parts of the book from a variety of point-of-views in the book, possibly even the point-of-view from a modern reader or person. I think this will help to understand the themes in the book and how they apply to all time periods and people. I hope everything goes as plan, or even better.

The end is near; Blog 23

Huck tries to run away with Jim after the chaos with finding the gold in the coffin. The King and Duke make it back to the raft before they could leave. The Duke and the King fight about how the money ended up in the coffin. This ends in the Duke strangling the King, and the King confessing to hiding the money. The King and the Duke are angry about being broke and so they decide to to pull another con. They try several cons, none successful. In the end, the King sells Jim to Silas Phelps, a small farm owner and preacher. Huck debates on what to do about this, going back and forth in a mental dialogue. He finally decides that he doesn’t want Miss Watson the truth about him and Jim and decides that he wants to help Jim to freedom. In the end, Huck says it’s fine, he will go to hell. Huck goes to the farm to confront the Phelps. Although Aunt Sally believes Huck to be none other than her nephew Tom Sawyer. Fearing the truth about his identity coming out, Huck intercepts Tom before he gets to the house. Huck lays the truth out for Tom and asks if he would help Huck free Jim. Tom, going against everything we know about his character, agrees. We meet Silas and Sally Phelps. The aunt and uncle of Tom Sawyer. They are decent people, morally grey in the story. Tom Sawyer is developed in these chapters, much to my dismay. We see that he is not so high and moral as Huck previously thought, and is really just does things to please his inflated ego and broken sense of adventure. We also see the realist is Huck more. We know that the Phelps’ farm is a small cotton plantation and there are a few other slaves besides Jim. Twain is using it to keep Huck and Jim stationary, metaphorically and literally speaking. It’s Huck and Jim’s prison. I hope the ending will be a happy one. Although,knowing Twain, the ending will be infuriating. Perhaps it will end with Jim being freed. Or it will end with Tom doing something stupid without regards for how it will effect Huck and Jim. Maybe Tom will tell someone what Huck is planning and Huck will be hung for being an abolitionist and Jim will never see his family again. While Tom is off with a great story and is a “hero” in the eyes of society and my hate for Tom Sawyer will be forever burning.