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What are your thoughts about the year?

Farley hard.

What worked for you?

Everything

What didn’t work?

Everything

What was the best and the worst works and/or assignments we did this year?

best – Vertigo

worst – Leaves of grASS

How could I improve the class? What could/should be done differently? On a scale of “Good” to “Amazing” how’d I do?

Perfect, nothing,  10/10

What are your goals for next year?

get into a good college, boost my sat, not die in Callahans

Graduation in on June 7, one year and one day away. What are you going to do between now and then? How will you prepare for the real world?

Improve my English so i can be ready for college.  To prepare i will probably have to learn how taxes work because in my essay I don’t know how that works.

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In the three poems all have the same types of themes, in the the “Disillusionment of 10 o’clock”  a major theme of creating your own reality though your imagination, “Anyone Lived in a Pretty How Town”  is about death is inevitable, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” talking about the passage of time throughout life. In the “Disillusionment of 10 o’clock”  the theme is developed during the last three lines of the poem, when it references the drunk. This shows how out all of the crazy things that are happening that the version of reality that is the most legitimate is the one that is more world. “Anyone Lived in a Pretty How Town”  is talking about two characters and their relationship is basically doomed because death will inevitably claim them. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” talking about the passage of time throughout life, and loving life. They are all connected because they all relate to life in someway.  The one that i believe to be most relevant and i like the most to today is the” Disillusionment of 10 o’clock”.  I think as a society that we need to learn how to learn how to change our reality to make things better. Things like Civil rights and gun control are both very important issues today, but the was individual people view it can affect the future of everyone’s reality. If as a nation and a society we could all just view thing from a worldly place we could possibly progress as a nation.

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The novel Huck Finn so far is excellent.  When I first heard that we were reading this book I wasn’t excited. I just thought it would be another boring story that was bland and uneventful, but to my surprise it is full of excitement, drama and great humor. The things I enjoy the most is: the use of use of Paps character to show the stereotypical post civil war southern man and how Huck escapes the cabin and make his death scene. Pap is the the embodiment of the worst stereotypes of the south. He is a stereotypical racist, alcoholic, and has beats his son. When he sees the Professor he is outraged that there is a educated, free black man. So he is just a crappy person. Huck’s escape and the making of his death scene is probably the best part in the book so far. He cut through the cabin, then went back in the cabin and staged a break in. Then he killed a pig and spread his blood around to create the affect that someone murdered him and dragged his dead body around. After that he ate the pig, then went on his canoe  and paddled away, leading a trail of mystery.

the last Huck blog (hopefully)

The Huck Finn novel was a good book. I thought it was definitely better than expected, I expected more of a Tom Sawyer kind of book but turned out to be darker. This book was definitely more of a challenging compared to other books based on  the dialect of certain characters and the overall analysis needed to get a better understanding of the book.I thought the last couple chapters were weird… If I could change anything I would make it so there was a darker ending. Certain aspects of the ending where to unrealistic to be real life, but ended more of Tom’s story books. In the end how Jim was set free just because he helped out Tom and help Pop then dies is just to fictional to be believable. It was hard to understand why Mark Twain did this because mostly all of the other aspects of the book were believable. I think the most important things for a reader today to get out of this book would be the social constructs around slavery and how it relates to today. Since Mark twain wrote this book based on how the South when he was living in this time it gives the reader a window into what it really was like for African Americans.

My project for the Huck Finn Novel is called “It’s Hucking Finn”. It is a youtube channel that will be the Huck Finn story told in vlogs. The vlogger will be Huck and most of the events in the book will be portrayed but it will take place in a modern time. The only major change in it is Jim, Jim will not be a black man but a women. This is a stylistic choice that we are doing to represent the inequality of women in our time. Also we didn’t have anyone willing to help us portray Jim so we edited Jim’s character. *Shrug*

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Out of chapters 30 -33 I think most important parts are the conflicts between Huck and himself. When Huck is faced with moral dilemmas he chooses to do the better thing, compared to earlier in the book where he would choose the less moral thing. This is important because it is showing Hucks development into a better person. Throughout these new chapters we meet Silas Phelps and his wife Sally and his wife Sally. We learned that he and his wife are Aunt and Uncle to Tom Sawyer and they are expecting him soon. Throughout the chapters we see Hucks development into becoming a better person like I said earlier in the blog, but we also see Tom Sawyer going from what Huck describes him as an “upstanding gentlemen” to someone who is willing to steal from his own family. Not only does that surprise Huck but it is intended to surprise the reader by showing a darker and morally grey side of Tom Sawyer. I think the setting of the farm is going to be used as a safe place for Huck to develop while also being distant and off from his past where it won’t matter. I think that the Phillips will buy the rest of Jim’s family and hook with pretend to be Tom for a little bit more than revealed he is Huck and they will take him in.

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My selected author is Jack London. I picked this author because when I was younger my mom used to read me “Call of the Wild” which to this day still enjoy. Jack London’s primary forms of work novels and short stories. Honestly this is the best type of author for me because as a majority I don’t like poems and rather do research about a book than a film. The three most interesting books I found by Jack London are “The iron Heel” “The Seawolf” and “White Fang”. I’m most interested is “The Iron Heel” it is about a dystopian society and the rise of tyranny in the United States. “The Sea Wolf” is a psychological adventure book that is about a guy who crashes his boat and is saved by another captain. It is interesting because it is based of Jack London’s real life experiences. Lastly the book “White Fang” Is a book about a wolf dog hybrid that pulls sleds. From a little bit of research and knowledge about Jack London I know that he lived during the gold rush. And Western expansion in America. Most of his books are based on his experiences like sailing the world, pulling sleds and digging for gold.

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In the short story we recently read I thought the satire used was very well thought out. The references and other jokes he makes at the presidents were very clever. I think the point he was trying to make throughout the story was just to shed light on social classes not being more intelligent than one or the other. Personally I did not like the way we handle independent reading this marking period. Usually I just read my book take the test and move on but since we had to do the whole “trailer“ thing it was just a lot of work and I would’ve rather read two books then make a movie I feel like the main problem with my experience with independent pretty in this Cory was I waited till the last minute like always and I made a crappy trailer which I probably lost points. After reading the first chapter of Huck Finn I am very excited to see how it plays out. I think the story is going to have a lot of the venture and going to be more mature than Tom Sawyer. The story is definitely going to be about Huck and his past life before Tom and then he is probably going to go on an adventure of some sort.

Satire

The example my group showed with the class was a SNL skit about who Trump appeals. It is a satire example of exaggeration and pretty cool of Trump’s demographic, racists. I feel like I have a lot of experience with satire and this type of humor. My favorite type of humor is a dark type of satire, most of my jokes I tell our to say version of ridicule or making fun of people stupidity. I also like the classic irony. The link at the bottom of the blog is a type of humor I like. It is making fun of the stereotypical douche, and his name is Chad so for me it makes it more funny.

From what I know about Mark twain he is a master of satire. He basically invented it. From the bare minimum of Research I found that his father died when he was 11 so he’s quit school to get a job. He worked as a printer apprentice, a printer hey steamboat pilot river pilot. He chose the name Mark Twain because it meant “it is safe to sail because the waters depth is two fathoms.” In my opinion the coolest thing he ever said was “I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet.” He was born when the comet showed up and died when it came around.

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Now that we are just about halfway through the film, I am still confused about the major plot twist at the end. That’s all that I really have wanted to see but haven’t yet. Other than that I very much enjoy the movie so far. I like how you can physically watch the change in Scotty from distance to the idea of following his friends wife to OK with that idea, then you can see him falling in love with her and being obsessed. So far in the movie I didn’t dislike that anything. I have multiple of predictions about what is going to happen in the story. My first theory is that I think the woman he’s following is a ghost if he’s just interacting with a dead person the whole time. My second theory is that in the beginning of the movie where he is hanging off the ledge he actually falls off and is in a coma, the whole story is one big dream he was having during the coma my third theory is that Scotty has been dead the whole time and none of this is real or he has a ghost is interacting with these people which can kind of discredit it so far. It is hard to critique this film because I don’t really know what is about to happen I feel like I could critique this film better if I had a knowledge of where the storyline is headed. In all honesty I hope that the husband that is the ship guy was actually a ghost or a form of his self-conscious telling him to find the girl and start her like crazy. So far this is been a great film and I’ve enjoyed watching it. Not going to lie I’m a little frustrated because I don’t know it’s gonna happen and I know it’s gonna make me mad when I figure it out or see what happens. Waiting for the plot twist LOL

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Song of myself

Pre-warning, procrastination/bad blog ahead:

After reading the song of myself and discussing the concepts in meaning behind the poem after reading I have a new class on transcendentalism. My favorite section or stanza of this poem, that wasn’t my assigned stanza, was Stanza Six. It talks about what society is in his opinion and is very “Zen “ I particularly like the grass concept in the Stancer. Grass concept is talking about society and society is like one strain of grass and there’s many different strains but they all are similar and different. It also talks about “the grass is Itself a child “saying society produces other similar societies which is a very interesting way to think about different cultures. This poem is referred to as the most influential poem of American literature, I think the main reasons for this is because of how the American ideals are  embodied inside of the poem and how relatable it is to our society. I do not have any questions or concerns about this poem but I do have some thoughts. I think it is very progressive of Walt Whitman to openly talk about his sexuality in this poem while also talking about “god“ or “the soul” I also like his ideas about how nothing actually dies energy is just transferred and everything is eternal and after you dye your soul goes back to the oversoul and transcendence. I like the theory because it channels my inner hippie LOL. I think the Stanza Nine where he talks about immigration into the country is very interesting and how it changes society in a positive way. I like that he has a positive outlook at that change when so much of the country did not like more immigrants coming into our immigrant founded country. Over all, I will have to read this poem a nine out of 10. It is very close to 10 out of 10 but it is just too long. I think for people who are not scholars such as himself, more of  the more complicated and in in my opinion better concept are lost to the regular reader and less properly analyze. Most people who read this wouldn’t be able to understand what he was saying besides the literal sense which is why i gave it a 9/10.