This year was good. I liked working in groups. Nothing really didn’t work. The debate essays and any highlighting we had to do was awful. There is nothing to really improve. Again, nothing to really change. From “good” to “amazing” I’d say “better than most classes”. Get above 95s in every class (maybe except Callahan). Keep myself from getting stressed and staying organized throughout the whole year. I plan to stay in Africa completely naked with nothing but a spear, 4 feet x 4 feet of lion pelt, a vinyl album of Def Leppard’s “Hysteria”, and a steel ax.
The themes of all three of these works are depressing in some manner. In all three poems, you can tell that the theme is involving the importance of time and loneliness in the world. In “The Love Song” poem, you can visualize the speaker at a classy party in an equally classy town and he is seen trying to fit in. Although it is not going as well as planned, he notices and observes the people and events around him. He is showing that you can live life as a bystander, or an extra, and go your whole life without even fitting in completely. The theme of time is shown by how the speaker lives his life. He states that everyday of his life is measured by coffee spoons, such as to how we relate our lives to certain events we look forward to or remember. In the “Disillusionment of 10 o’clock” poem, the speaker says that the only person who has good dreams is the drunken sailor. Everyone else seems to have no life and is considered bland. This shows how even though you seem “alone” and chase dreams in a different way does not mean you are actually alone. And finally, the poem “anyone lived in a pretty how town” shows loneliness by using “someone” and “anyone” very frequently throughout the poem. Using these broad terms make you feel isolated and left out from society. Time is shown in this poem when the speaker uses “sun moon stars rain” listing off day and night. This shows how many days and nights are going by in the lonely place. All of these poems are connected by happening over a certain amount of time and loneliness will show up anywhere. I find ” The Love Song” poem to be most applicable to today’s society. Many people think that they are useless or do not matter as the speaker thinks of himself in this poem. He even said he would not play a major role in a story of his life, he would play a fool if anything. No matter how popular you may seem or however connected you are to other people or society you feel lonely in some way, shape, or form. I like this poem because it connects to today with how the speaker tries to fit in and not feel lonely but he is not quite sure what to do.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is overall a really good book. I liked the whole principal of Huck growing up and learning because at first I really did not like Huck because he was dumb but he was also young and inexperienced. A real problem I was having was attempting to read this book because the slang used back then was AWFUL. I could barely read a page in ten minutes when we had to do the silent reading in class let alone outside of class. I definitely found it better than expected and an above average book for the way Twain told the story and his hidden elements within the text. I think Huck accomplished his job at growing up and becoming more mature in his actions. I found it above average compared to other novels I have read because of how Twain makes his characters and flips them for society. So society would usually find a woman not as intelligent or as capable of things as a man is but Twain makes Ms. Judith Loftus a witty woman who is able to outsmart Huck in his shenanigans. He also makes Jim, a black character, a more humanized role and a big impact towards Huck and white people in general, contrary to popular belief. I hated the last few chapters. Why did you have to go through all of that trouble to free a man WHO WAS ALREADY FREE. and it wasn’t even a “oh well, at least he is out and it was no hassle”. No. Tom had to make everything 1,000 times harder for no reason at all. Everything happens for a reason but typing these last few chapters should not have happened in the first place. I think a modern reader should look at the societal viewpoints and themes. Look at how Jim was treated and what came about to him and of Judith Loftus and her defying the stereotypes. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover is what I would personally say to a modern reader. Pay attention to the text. Of course it still applies. Huck’s mental changes as he grows up should be a lesson for everybody and to not be dumb like Tom Sawyer and drag out little things! This picture describes me reader those last few chapters and realizing everything was in some way pointless to execute.
We chose to do the board game of LIFE because that directly pertains to the theme of Huck Finn and his coming of age. We are expecting to put a really good twist or strategy idea to make this board game unique as a project. Mr. McGarry even said that board games do not usually get very good grades but we are hoping to change that spectrum.
The most important aspects of chapters 30-33 of Huck Finn are when the gold is found in the coffin, when Huck goes to the raft and Jim is not there, and when Tom arrives at his aunt and uncle’s farm. Having the gold being found caused much tension between the Duke and the dauphin and allowed the characters to escape. When Huck finds Jim missing from the raft, it allows Huck to start a new quest of finding Jim. Tom arriving at his aunts and uncle’s is very important because Huck is finally reunited with his best friend and Tom agrees to help find and get Jim back. Some new characters we meet are Sally the mistress and Silas Phelps. They were believed to have been holding Jim on their farm and were Tom’s aunt and uncle. Since Tom arrives in these chapters, Tom and Huck’s relationship grows bigger and they develop more. This is evident because Tom agrees to help Huck even though he was completely for slavery at the start of the novel. As of now, we know that Phelps farm is holding slaves and they are using them to grow and pick cotton. If the rest of the story is being held on Phelps farm then I feel something very big is going to happen. I feel like there is going to be a lot of stress and suspense put on Huck and Tom getting Jim back and the repercussions from it. I feel like Huck will overcome his immaturity and become a man but not without a cost.
My author I chose was Dashiell Hammett. I chose him because he is a popular investigation type author (I like Sherlock Holmes and he is an American version of that story type). He mainly writes novels and short-stories. I like trying new things out and I think I’ll like him as an investigative author. His most popular/most interesting works are “The Maltese Falcon”, “The Thin Man”, and “Red Harvest”. They each have their own take on being a detective. I am interested in “The Maltese Falcon” simply because McGarry referred it to me and said it was a very good book. “The Thin Man” seems to be a more comedic approach to the whole detective genre. “Red Harvest” seems to also be a classic yet unique approach to the detective genre with a unique plot. Hammett actually dropped out of school at 13 and still went on to become quite possibly the best detective-fiction writer. He was actually a part of a detective agency when he was 20 and due to ill health, had to leave the work force. After Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army again and then eventually fell into politics.
I think “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is actually kind of good right now. I am intrigued by how the story line got my attention and how developed it is or purposely underdeveloped it is with the characters. I did not by any means like the story at first because of how it is written and my eyeballs and brain hurt so bad after a period of reading it. I did not expect there to be any dark parts as I believe there is a child adaptation of Huck Finn and I did not know if it is close to the original version or not. For example, Pap Finn is an awful man and it is shown vigorously throughout the story so far. The fact that Pap Finn beats up Huck so much and his disappointment in Huck because Huck was actually learning and Pap could not stand the thought of someone being smarter than him. Let alone the fact that he is an alcoholic. Another part that had me thinking was how Pap Finn does so much physical and mental damage to Huck and Huck had a gun at Pap’s head but could not pull the trigger simply because it was his father. I like how relevant the plot and elements stay to society today. Twain points out many things that people would not have the courage to talk about or change. It satirically takes on the law, slavery, flaws and custody mistakes that judges make, and political views which I do not notice until I read it over 2 or 3 times. Back to the characters, I like how we get to know a lot about Huck and his personality and thoughts on many topics and not know much about other important characters that play a major role in the story. I like how Pap Finn and Miss Watson are so easily disliked because then it just makes us root for Huck even more.
I thought that the short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” was actually kinda good. The more I read it and think about it, it was actually really well written. Although the words were somewhat weird to me, they made the storytelling that much more authentic and it gave a fuller understanding of how Simon Wheeler talked. At first I thought he was a complete idiot but after reading through his weird dialect I came to realize he is actually a very intelligent individual. The only downside to realizing this is that he actually just wasted the Narrator’s time and is making fun of him just to also realize we are idiots who were also fooled into reading his unrealistic and unnecessary story. After reading through all of this, it is easy to tell that this story was well written even with the weird language used to depict it. The use of satire and humor throughout this story is very effective. It made us realize that you should not judge others on how they look, where they are from, or their given education for they may just be smart enough to fool you for judging them in the first place.
I personally do not think that the independent reading project was difficult, we as students just made it difficult because we procrastinate and I myself am really trying to fix that. I got the project done in about 15 minutes and had no problem with it and I was stressing about it for weeks. I found this project to be unique but somewhat pointless as in the fact that you do not even need to read the book to do the trailer on it because you can not give away the important information anyways. I am still reading my book all the way through and I love it. GO READ READY PLAYER ONE. IT IS SO GOOD. I like the concept of trying to get people to read it but as to making the kids suffer and making them want to read someone else’s book, this project gets a 2/10.
I think Huckleberry Finn will be a humorous book to read but it will take me a few read overs to fully understand what is going on. My mind really wants to auto correct the dialect used and that makes it extremely hard for me to understand the plot. I think the story will be about Finn trying to get used to another world he isn’t used to and he will have many eye opening experiences along the way.
From what I have seen, I have not really paid attention to Saturday Night Live skits enough to realize that they are making fun of politics a lot. Obviously I know when they are making fun of Trump but when I was looking up certain skits, I realized how dumb I am to not notice the humor against politicians. Humor is my middle name. I remember every line from Dumb & Dumber and I dare anyone to test me on it. I will choose Dumb & Dumber over an Oscar-nominated movie any day because I love humor that much. I will honestly laugh at any kind of humor. I can not find a YouTube video because the school wants their students to suffer and block every video except the Alphabet Song videos. One thing I found interesting about Mark Twain is how he speaks his mind through his works and his many pen names.
I like the Vertigo movie a lot. I think it is ahead of its time with the filming and the angles taken to make the scenes more dramatic. I like the concept of the film. It seems simple but there is more complexity to it than meets the eye. I like to critique films on how repetitive they get and unnecessary some things are but this film does not have those problems. Obviously since it was made in the 1950s, the acting is not the eighth wonder of the world, but it seems like it could compete with some movies of our time. Some of them… It’s acting seemed obviously above average for the 1950s and that is what caught my eye at first. One thing that drops my rating on this movie is when he is stalking Maddie from about 20 feet away and she does not seem to think he is there. Scottie is practically smelling Maddie’s perfume and she would not bat an eye at the creep. The “love” between the two seems very artificial and when he takes Judy clothes shopping…that is actually very creepy. He is dressing her like Maddie and it seems like a very serial killer thing to do. Another thing I do not like is that I feel like I am grasping the concept but I can tell I am missing out on so much of what this film has to offer. Mr. McGarry even said how he picks up on things or notices other details every time he watches it and he also said he saw it over 60 times and I am getting worried that I actually know nothing. I feel like Judy is going to end up killing herself for real and Scottie is going to go into a depressive state and kill himself. No happy ending here. I feel like the movie is carrying itself very well and that the real ending will be one to remember.
After getting a more in depth look into Walt Whitman’s mind, I still have not completely realized what he is saying…but I am getting there. I have always wanted to analyze a piece of literature and try to figure out it’s deeper meaning but this is way more complicated than I thought…and Whitman is supposed to be one of the easier authors to understand! From what I could process in my fragile brain was that this work was powerful and meaningful. Whitman gave the simplest lines a deeper meaning that someone who is skimming his work would completely miss and be dumbfounded (a.k.a. me). Section 14 stood out to me because it’s meaning can relate to the past, present, and future about how humans are all the same and that we are made up of the same things. It also says how we all follow the same laws of nature and by becoming or knowing a certain aspect of nature can help us grow as a person. Also stated was that trying to become a better person was a risky gesture but what he got in return was well worth the gamble. I can see why this poem has been called the most influential poem of American literature. Its meaning can live on and not die out or become outdated. When Whitman refers to trippers and askers in the poem, he says how people always question somebody for their actions or viewpoint of something and always try to knock you off of your path. You will either get better or worse from the confrontation and the way you handle it is what will define you and reflect on you as a person. You and only you can change your outcome in life and decide if you will become a better person or not. I do not have questions because I do not completely understand what is happening myself and I do not know what to ask. If I HAD to rate this poem I would give it a 8.5/10 for beginners because it is somewhat easy unless you are just starting but it is still not a hard piece of literature to somewhat understand. For an experienced reader I would give this a 7.5/10 just because it is fairly easy for an experienced person but it is still very impacting and completely necessary to read.