Blog 25

In all three works, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Disillusionment of 10 o’clock, and anyone lived in a pretty how town, the themes are pretty similar. All three poems have a type of darker meaning that isn’t always picked up by the reader. In The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, the person in the poem is trying to fit into high class society with a low class background. The person wants to be like the wealthy and those that are well off but in some cases in life, choosing the people who you believe are “better” then you isn’t always the best decision. If they don’t accept you, it could leave you feeling like you aren’t good enough. Disillusionment of 10 o’clock talks of a sailor who is minding his own business and imagining things in his crazy mind. People look at him differently because he isn’t conforming to society, he is being himself. In anyone lived in a pretty how town, Cummings uses the term Anyone and No one, to allow the reader to put who they want into the poem and make each one unique. The poem talks about how so and so is overwhelmed with how quickly time is passing. The first two poems are both talking about wanting to fit into society and the third one is talking about doing things within society to make time go slower. The one I find most applicable to our society today is the poem about the sailor. Often times today people are quick to judge someone if they are a little different and we never know how much fun that person is having and we never get to experience the types of joy they do. I also liked the one about the sailor the most because it had the most clear theme of the three poems and it also was the most applicable to our society today.

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Blog 24

My thoughts about the novel as a whole are kind of two-sided. I think the book was very well written in the beginning but towards the end it became a little too far fetched to be believable. My favorite kind of books are realistic fiction so when the book started getting unrealistic I began to lose interest. I do think it was better then expected because the seniors told me how bad it was and everything but I actually enjoyed it. I do think the book accomplished its job of explaining the themes because McGarry apparently understands all of them so they must be present somewhere. I have no idea about any of the themes but that might be just me. It’s is a far more advanced read then most of the other books I have read but it wasn’t too hard to read. The hardest part was trying to understand what Jim was saying. I didn’t really like the end of the book because it was kind of uneventful and had full closure. If I were to change it, I would have made the ending much more suspenseful and said how Huck and Tom headed out west and maybe only Tom returned or something along those lines. I think the most important things for modern people to take away from this novel is how to never trust anyone with everything because some people will keep things from you and use you for their enjoyment. Like how Jim kept the death of Huck’s father from him for so long and how Tom Sawyer used Huck for his enjoyment of freeing Jim even though he was free the whole time. Yes, I do think the novel could still be applied to today because of the things I just explained before. Our Huck Finn project is going to be an Instagram page that shows the themes and explains the characters through pictures and captions. We picked this project because it’s a relatively simple project that will still effectively explain the purpose of the project. Our expectation is to get the grade that reflects what we [put into the project.

Blog 23

Chapter 30-33 were very important parts of this story. The most important part I think of these chapters is the fact that Huck hid the gold inside of the coffin. Although this part didn’t happen within chapters 30-33, I still think this is the most important part because if this never would have happened, nothing else would have happened the way it did if it wasn’t for this. One thing I think that is really important that happened within those chapters is the boy that told Huck where Jim was. Huck would’ve been blind in his hunt for Jim if it wasn’t for that boy. The new important characters that we meet are Aunt Sally and Uncle Silas. We learn that Aunt Sally is very friendly but we do see that she kind of has a dark side when it comes to black people. Uncle Silas we learn is kind of more laid back and easy going. We don’t learn much more about him other then he is a preacher on the side. I think the characters that have the furthest development are Tom and Huck because even after not seeing each other for so long and Tom thinking Huck was dead, they still were able to come up with an actual SMART plan. (even though Tom goes back to his old self) We know that the Phelps farm is littered with hounds. They also have a big yards and many barns and stuff to house their slaves/servants. I think the plot line is going more towards Tom and Huck getting in trouble for mischievous activities. My prediction for the end is Jim Tom and Huck all return back home and live out the rest of their lives.

Blog 22

My selected author is John Steinbeck. I picked this author because I have read one of his books before and he was able to keep me interested in the story unlike most authors. His primary form of work is novels but he is also known for some of his famous quotes. This impacted my decision of choosing this author because I enjoy reading on my own and for enjoyment so writing an essay on a few books that I will have to read will be very easy.  I think the three most interesting works by Steinbeck are Of Mice and Men, The Pearl and To a God Unknown. Something interesting about OF Mice and Men is how the book is used in 10th grade literature classes across the nation. Something I find interesting about The Pearl is how Kino believed his pearl was worth 50,000 pesos but the dealers would only offer him 1,000 pesos. Also instead of throwing the pearl into the ocean, why wouldn’t he just sell it for that 1,000? And something I find interesting about To A God Unknown is how the spring in the forest is considered sacred yet the townspeople are afraid of it. Why? I know nothing about the author’s life but I do know that he was born in the early 1900’s.