Blog 25

One things for sure and that is that all 3 poems themes tie into depression and not being able to find your way in the world as well as a theme of passing time. In Prufrock’s poem it is all about a high class man. Hes trying to fit in with those around him while attending a fancy social gathering. People are socializing but he is just existing. He is viewing what all is going on around him but isnt doing too well himself to fit in. This poem gets at the idea that you wont always fit in no matter how hard you try. You may just end up on the outside looking in. It also shows that you can be so close to fitting in but just not quite reach it. The poem has the theme of time embedded in it as well. The speaker measures his lives by spoons from his drinks in the mornings. He is nothing more than a spoon every morning which is actually super depressing when you think about it. He has no meaning in his life and views himself as useless and just there. In Disillusionment the speaker believes that only drunken sailors have pleasant dreams. The rest of the people are just exisitng and are boring to society. This poem brings the idea that even though you may feel alone you aren’t actually alone. The last poem ties in time and depression/loneliness in the world. The poet uses words such as anyone and someone. These words are not of much importance as they are very vague which makes it feel as though you dont belong. Time is represented through the seasons and the use of words such as sun, moon, stars and rain. This shows the progression of time that is unable to be stopped. no matter how hard you may try. Time continues to pass whether you want it to or not and you can not get back the time that you have wasted. Many days are passing for the speaker and he is still in a depressed and lonely state. Overall the poems are connected by the central themes of depression, time and the state of loneliness that can exist in humans. No matter where you may go or what you try to do the feeling of loneliness still lurks.

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Huck Finn

I would say that Huck Finn is mediocre at best. Im not a super huge fan ,but I have read way worse. I was expecting it to be worse than it was based off the beginning of the novel but thankfully it picked up which made reading it a little less painful. I believe it does a good job portraying the themes of southern romanticism, friendship, slavery, adventure, etc. Most of the novels we have been given throughout our high school career have been rough because they fall far outside of my interests,so even though Huck Finn is only mediocre, it is one of the better ones I have been given. The end of the book actually made me really frustrated especially with Toms character. I didnt like how it ended because it never states Hucks decision for the future on whether he will stay and be adopted by the Phelps or move out west in search of more adventure. I would change this part of the ending if I could, that way readers would know Hucks fate. I believe that readers now adays should take out the lesson of how important friendship is. Also a lesson about greed can be taken out of this novel because the King and Duke were all about greed and ended up getting tarred and feathered. Greed always comes back to get you in the end. I believe it still does relate to today because of the greed that is going on in society. People are worried about benefiting themselves and only themselves. Racism is also still prevalent in today’s society much like it is Huck Finn. People are often discriminated against still in today’s society even though we have come a long way.

Part 2: For our project we decided to make a southern meal with each of the foods relating to a theme. We decided to make fried chicken, peach pie, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet tea, cornbread to describe each of the themes in the novel. These themes include friendship, slavery, southern romanticism, realism, etc. We decided that each of these foods incorporate key events in each theme. Our goal is to make a project that the whole class enjoys and thinks is unique/interesting.

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Blog 23

There are a pretty good amount of important factors in chapters 30-33. The most important is probably the fact that the King sold Jim for $40 and now Huck must go and try to get him back before anything terribly bad happens to him. The king shows just how terrible of a person he is by doing this. It proves that he would do anything just to make a quick buck. The con men are out to benefit themselves and dont care for anyone else. Its important because Twain did hint at this by using foreshadowing in previous chapters. Huck starts to see Jim as an equal in these chapters. He realizes he is no better than him and accepts him as a real friend.  Huck realizes that he really does need Jim and Jim really does need him and that they are a team. Huck also starts to realize what is right and what is wrong. He gets rid of the con men because he realizes that what they are doing is morally wrong and he doesnt want to be associated with them. Huck is starting to show that he is becoming mature. This choice leads Huck in a positive direction as a person. I believe as the chapters go on Huck will continue to show us how more mature he is becoming. We meet the new characters of the Phelps family who happen to be the aunt and uncle of Tom Sawyer, Huck’s old pal. Sally and Silas are decently welcoming considering they took in Tom who was “a stranger” but it ends up becoming a joke. The farm is a cotton farm and the family does own slaves. I feel like the farm will tie into the Southern Romanticism theme. It could be the thing that Huck and Jim are in search of. It could be the happy ending that Huck wants. He faked his death to get away from pap and widow douglas all so he could try to live the life he wanted. I believe that Huck and Tom will end up staying at the farm and the book will end happily.

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