In the first poem, Disillusionment of 10 o’clock, in the very beginning it talks about how there are people in white night gowns, and how they are all exactly the same, but the only person that is different from everybody in the white gowns is the drunk guy, which is showing how he is different form everybody in society. It also shows that everybody in the house that the drunk guy is in are very basic and have no imagination, but he is the only one with an imagination. The theme of, anyone lived in a pretty how town, is that this guy named anyone lives in this town where everyone around him just goes on with their lives and really cares about no one but themselves and their children, but then anyone fell in love with noone and they both died, but the town just kept going on with what they always did and didn’t care much. The theme for, a Love song, is not actually love but how J. Alfred Prufrock views himself, and with evidence throughout the poem, he does not like himself very much, because he is very hard on himself. They are connected because they all focus on one guy who is different from everybody else in the poems, the sailor has an imagination, and anyone didn’t just go on with his life not caring, and Alfred’s character was at a dinner party with very rich people. I think, Disillusionment of 10 O’clock, could be most applicable today because there aren’t many people left who have pure imaginations, most people just follow the crowd. I like, Disillusionment of 10 O’clock the most because for one, its the shortest, but also I think it’s funny how the drunk sailor who just sits around all day is the hero of the story.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn overall was a very good book, I usually get pretty bored reading because i’m not as big into it as I used to be, but this book actually kept me pretty interested throughout, especially when the king and the duke showed up. I kind of expected it to be pretty good because everyone hypes this book up so much since basically everyone who went to school has read it so I think its pretty much as good as I expected. It definitely accomplished it’s themes because it had a lot of themes throughout this and I understand all of them so it definitely accomplished them in some way or another. Compared to other things I have read it’s definitely up there because I have read a decent amount of books, but honestly can’t remember most of them but they were about as good as Huck Finn. I thought the end of the book was crazy and does not need to be changed, from when they tried to free Jim and Tom getting shot and then it getting revealed that the dead guy earlier was actually Pap, I thought it was pretty awesome and crazy. I think that this novel does still apply to our society today because why would it be such a popular book and why would we still be reading it if it didn’t.
The project y group is doing is, we are taking Huck Finn and making it all modern and then putting it into a vlog format, like a classic youtube vlogger. We picked this because we thought it was cool, and I expect it to come out pretty good.
An important part in the beginning of these chapters is in chapter 30, is when the Duke stops The Dauphin from strangling Huck, this shows that the duke has morals and doesn’t want to see someone die, or maybe he even cares for Huck a little bit. The next important thing that happened was when the Dauphin kidnapped Jim and sold him to Silas Phelps, this sends the story into its next conflict. We meet Silas and Sally Phelps in these chapters they own a farm where Jim is being held since the Dauphin sold Jim to them. We learn that they are not the best people because they have slaves, but they are very nice to Tom and Huck, so they are more morally grey characters. One character that really developed in these chapters is Huck, once he learns that Jim is missing, he really has to mature in order to find Jim and he really has to step up. The Phelps farm in the novel, is symbolic towards Huck finally coming back to civilization after being on the raft for so long. I don’t really know where the plot line is heading, maybe they wont end up saving Jim until the end of the book, or there could be a fight between Huck and the Phelps, But out of those I think that they wont end up saving Jim until the end.
The author I chose is Patrick Rothfuss, I chose him because I have always enjoyed fantasy books, mainly from reading all of the Percy Jackson series as a kid. Patrick’s primary form of work is novels, his most famous novel is The Name of the Wind. This impacted my consideration, because I hate poetry so that was out right off the bat, and I actually wanted to read a full story and I love fantasy books so I chose Rothfuss.
The first most interesting book he wrote is The Name of the Wind, it’s interesting because it is his first big novel he wrote and it was very famous. The next book is The Wise Mans Fear, which is the sequel to The Name of the Wind, and still follows the same story of the first book and I like fantasy so that’s why its interesting. The last book is called The Slow Regard of Silent Things this one is interesting because it is the third installment of his series, and it is also fantasy and really cool.
A cool fact about Patrick Rothfuss is that he went to college for almost a decade, and used to write really bad books to show how not to write books.
So far I think that The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin is not the worst book I’ve ever read, but it also isn’t the best book I have ever read. I enjoy reading it because it has an intriguing story line, but I also don’t like reading it because I’m not a big fan of reading. it is a lot better than I expected though because when we read books in school usually they are boring and no one ever wants to read them because our society these days has something against books, but it is a good book and a lot better than initially thought it would be. I think it is interesting how it is kind of a sequel to Tom Sawyer, where it has tom in it but he isn’t the main character and his friend actually is, so it is kinda like a spin off of it, but a lot more inappropriate. I like the story so far it keeps me intrigued, but I just really am not a big fan of reading so that is my least favorite part, but i’m glad were doing it in parts because I would never just sit down and read this book by myself, I need to do it in sections or I would get bored.
I really enjoyed the jumping frog story, because I like how Wheeler knew right away that the narrator thought of him as a dumb person, so wheeler decided to prove him wrong by just wasting all of the narrators time which I think is pretty funny. I really liked the way we handled AR in the 3rd quarter because I actually read my book, and I liked how we only had to read one book. I also love making movies or small trailers because it’s fun. So far it seems kinda slow, like it’ll probably get better but as of now it’s not the best book I’ve ever read. It’s probably gonna end up being a book where Huck has to find himself and overcome a challenge.
I haven’t had much experience with satire, since I’ve only just been told what it actually is, but I’ve had to deal with humor, from watching SNL every weekend with my dad, and my dad just being his dumb funny self all the time. The humor I enjoy the most is dark humor, a good example of this is from Anthony Jeselnick’s Netflix special Thoughts and Prayers. That special is probably my favorite comedy specials, next to both of Bo Burnham’s specials. So overall my type of comedy is dark comedy or just really dumb humor.
As of now I know nothing about Mark Twain except for what I’ve heard about in class, but after doing some research I think its pretty interesting that as a baby twain was not expected to live, and if he died, then this entry would have been a lot different.
So far Vertigo has been a really good movie, the plot is intriguing and not what I expected at all. Also I usually do not like old movies because I don’t like the way they look, I only really like movies from the 80’s and up, but the plot of this one is so good that I hate having to wait for this class period to watch it, i just wanna watch it all in one sitting. I could do that on my own but I also don’t want to spoil the movie so i’m stuck waiting until class. At first I thought this was just gonna be a detective story about a guy with vertigo, but I really like the sci-fi aspect of it with the spirit and everything. there isn’t really much I didn’t like about the film so far I think it is very good and intriguing, but if there was one thing I didn’t like its that the very beginning is kinda slow but that’s it. I predict that maybe he died at the beginning and is a ghost kinda like the sixth sense, but that’s probably not true. I don’t have any other predictions but the endings gonna be crazy so I can’t wait. As i said I think it’s a great film, so I don’t have any critiques, maybe i’ll get more by the end.
My reaction to, Song of Myself, is that its definitely not as bad as all of the other poems we have read and it is fairly easy to read compared to them. The other section of the poem that I liked the most is section 14. I like this section because it goes back to the roots of transcendentalism, and compares people to nature. I think its the most important section too because of this. Parts of the poem that are still reflected today are the parts about the talkers, and the part where it compares us to animals because it shows diversity, and nurturing, and love and all that is still very relevant today.
I still have questions on most parts of the poem since I still didn’t understand some of it, that was until we went over it in class so now I feel I have a pretty good grasp on what this whole poem is about. On a scale of 1-10 I would rate this a solid 7, because it was good but still not great since i’m not a big fan of poetry.
The connection that I could make between Thoreau and Emerson’s thoughts is that Emerson’s thoughts on nature and being self reliant go hand and hand with the idea of being at Walden pond. They also both believe that nature s what forces us not to depend on others’ ideas but to develop our own. Also like Emerson, Thoreau wants to live a simple life, so he could find a deeper meaning. The main idea of the first part of the excerpt from “Walden”, “Where I Lived And What I Lived For” is if you live in nature and you live simply it will make you your best self. The main idea of the last part of the excerpt from “Walden”, “The Conclusion” is if you follow your own path and not follow anyone but yourself you will live a happy life. The benefits of leaving behind society and going into nature would be that you wouldn’t have to worry about anyone but yourself when you are in the woods and you can find your best self. You would miss all the things going on in the world around you whether that be technological advancements, or even wars. I would not be able to do this because I love my life how it is and I don’t like nature because there are bugs and its dirty and no showers so I’ll pass on that. I think one of the best lessons you can learn from transcendentalism is to not rely on anyone else but yourself, because then it teaches people to fend for themselves and when a kid is taught this and then becomes an adult they would be very prepared for life compared to other people.