Blog 25

I would like to say that once again these poems were extremely confusing and I hated trying to understand them.

The theme of The love Song was that He wanted to find love but could not. The theme of Disillusionment of 10 o’clock was that he wanted to find love but everyone was dead. Lastly the theme of anyone lived in a pretty how town was that nobody loved anybody.

These three poems are all connected around the central theme of love. In my opinion each poem was based around wanting to find love or nobody wanting it at all. Overall these poems are all based around the idea that love was unobtainable.

Through all of these my favorite one was the disillusionment of ten o’clock because it was really short and the easiest one to understand. I really enjoyed how I could kinda tell what was going on.

I think the one that could be most applied to society today would be my favorite one because in today’s society not many people are looking for love so it is kinda like were all dead to love right now.

Blog 23

These chapters in Huck Finn are extremely important to the novel as they contain a lot of important material. Not only are they important but they were also pretty interesting to read as a lot of stuff goes down during these chapters.

During chapter 30 their was some interesting stuff that happened during this chapter. The most intriguing thing was the argument about who stole the gold. Huck had to make up a story quick as to not get strangled by the Dauphin, and of course he made up a good enough story to be believed. Next the King and Duke turned on each other and got into a full blown fight over it. The Duke starts to strangle the King out of anger and the King “confesses” to stealing and hiding the gold.

Then in chapter 31 it is all about Jim being sold to a farm. The man who sold Jim was the King himself, and he did it so that he could have money to get drunk. Well Huck doesn’t like this at all and even has a religious crisis halfway through the chapter. Throughout the rest of this chapter not much happens other than Huck departing to go find Jim.

In chapter 32 we are introduced to the Phelps who end up thinking that Huck is Tom Sawyer. Huck plays this off as if he really was Tom Sawyer and it works out perfectly for him.

Finally in chapter 33 their is a pretty decent amount of interesting things presented. First Huck and Tom see each other, and Tom is scared to death thinking that Huck was a ghost. Next Tom and Sally meet and Tom out of the blue just kisses her. That left her thinking that Tom was rude only to hear that he was her other nephew. This left everyone relieved and laughing it off. The final thing that happens in this chapter is the Tar and feathering of the King and Duke.

The main new characters that we met in these chapters would be the Phelps who are very important characters.

Some of the characters who had further development in these chapters would be Huck, King, Duke, Jim, and Tom sawyer.

The setting of the Phelps farm is just a very small “one horse plantation”. This just shows that the Phelps own a really small farm/plantation.

I feel as if the plot is heading for some kind of adventure. I feel this way because Tom is known to want to be really adventures and he just met back up with his good friend Huck who needs to break a slave out of the farm. My prediction for the end is that Huck is going to end up dying or that Tom is going to end up dying.

 

Blog 24

After finishing the novel Huck Finn I thought, as a whole, that it was much more interesting than I thought it would be. During the reading process their were times where I fell behind quite a bit but I had no problem catching up because the book was actually quite fun to read.  Originally I thought the book would be just another boring thing that we had to do for an English class, but boy was I wrong.

Throughout the novel there were multiple themes given. The novel did an amazing job at following up on these themes and answering them, this is one of the reasons that makes this novel such a good one.

Compared to other novels that I have read it is listed pretty high up in the rankings. My favorite series of all time that I have read would be the Harry Potter series and nothing I have read has topped that. I really enjoy reading fiction and that is what this novel is so I really enjoyed it but compared to Harry Potter I would say it is just “eh”. Now this novel compared to something like “Eragon” makes it a much more “WOW” novel.

I thought the last couple of chapters were really intense and their really is not anything that I would change about them because of how awesome they were.

I think the single most important thing that a modern reader can take away from this is the character Jim. Jim throughout the entire novel remains purely good while being a runaway slave. This is one of the many themes that was developed by Twain and it showed that African Americans are not bad people because of their skin color.

I do think that this novel can be applied to society today mostly because of what I just talked about. Racism is a big issue is contemporary society and this novel is revolved around racism.

My friends and I decided to make a short film about the themes of Huck Finn while giving it a light spin. We did this because we really enjoy making movies and we love to make people laugh. We had a really good time making the film and deciding which themes we wanted to use while making it.

Blog 22

I have decided to choose the author Kurt Vonnegut. He seems like a pretty interesting person and his works seem pretty cool. His style of writing seems to be really interesting and he was recommended by my teacher. His main style of writing seems to be short novels. Reading fiction is always my favorite thing to do, especially in the form of a novel. I really enjoy reading novels because they give you the perfect amount of time to get tied in to the story. When I found out that Kurt was mainly writing novels this actually made me excited to start reading some of his work because I really enjoy novels. Over the course of my reading career I have read many novels and adding Kurt’s seems like the best idea that I have ever had. The three most interesting works made by this author would be three novels titled “Slaughterhouse-five”, “Cat’s Cradle”, and “Breakfast of Champions”. Out of these three the most interesting to me would be “Slaughterhouse-five”. The novel is a science fiction story about World War II experiences. The novel is based on Kurt’s own experiences and is considered semi-autobiographical. This seems really interesting to me and I can not wait to read this novel. The next novel is called “Cat’s Cradle” and is about the creation of the atom bomb. It talks about a lot of other things such as religion and science. This novel seems interesting to me because I really enjoy discussing controversial topics like those. The third novel titled “Breakfast of Champions” is about two old men on a planet that is dying. This seems like a pretty interesting novel to read.

Kurt grew up during the War era and was held prisoner in a POW camp during World War II. This is where he got a lot of his ideas to write the novel “Slaughterhouse-five.”

Blog 21

The novel up until this point has been extremely interesting to me. It started out really slow and dull but since then has gotten much more interesting and more enjoyable to read. When reading it the first couple of chapters were really slow moving and were all around boring. The first exciting thing that happened in the Novel was the introduction of Tom Sawyer. Tom was a character that added life to the story, he brought to light the idea of robbing and killing people. The next major point of excitement was the introduction of Huckleberry’s father. This character takes us into the next few chapters with major points of drama.

The novel is much better than what I first expected it to be. Honestly if we were not made to read this in class I would have never thought to  read it, but it has been very intriguing. I just expected it to be boring and slow which in the beginning it was but has since then proved to be a very good read.

In this novel there are a lot more things that I like than I dislike. To start I really like Tom Sawyer, I think his character his funny and imaginative. I also really connect to the relationship that Huckleberry has with his father. My dad was an alcoholic just like Huckleberry’s. I enjoy being able to connect to the characters like that just like most people would.

The biggest thing about the novel that I did not like was how it started. Like I said earlier it started very slow and just all around boring. There was also the character that first took Huckleberry into her care. I did not like that she was trying to “Tame” him and all that. Overall there has not been anything that I can find a problem with, the novel since then has been really good.

 

Blog 20

While reading the “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” I found myself loving the story. The way that Twain used his words and humor really made this story stand out. I found myself laughing at more than one point in the story. I thought the part about the dog not having any back legs was pretty funny, especially since it had them cut off so that it could be used in dog fights.

The way we handled independent reading this past quarter was something new that I have never done before. I personally had no problem with the way we handled it, but I have heard many people complaining about it. It gave those who actually wanted to read their book plenty of time to take it easy and read at a slow pace, but for those who did not read found it increasingly difficult. I would recommend doing something like this again but you should give students the choice between normal independent reading ( two books; test) or a project like this with only one book. I think if you did it like this it would benefit the students a lot more. I know for me personally this way gave me plenty of time to read my book and to understand what was in it.

The first chapter actually makes the entire book seem pretty boring to me. It just goes about Huck getting used to living with the maid. At the very end of the chapter is the only time anything even relatively exciting happens and that is when Huck is about to meet up with Tom Sawyer. Overall the first chapter is not all that good as it doesn’t introduce anything exciting.

 

 

Humor

I am pretty sure that everybody in our school sees examples of satire everyday and is not even aware of it. I know that I pretty much use it everyday when talking to my friends. Sometimes if they say something dumb I will “expose” them for it and they do the same to me. So that is how I experience satire on a pretty regular basis.

Humor is easily the biggest thing that I have based my life around, if I am not laughing I am not happy. I have set myself around people that make me laugh literally everyday and I am glad that their are people in this school that can because my sense of humor is not always one that people share. I am really big into dark humor because it is just absolutely amazing. I just really enjoy things that are weird that not many other people like and they make me laugh so hard.  So I am trying to insert a picture and I can not really tell if it is being put into the post or not so I am just going to explain what it is anyways. The image was a picture of Hitler dressed as Anne Frank asking her mom where she usually hides. This is a pretty minor example of how dark I like my humor but it was pretty much the only thing that I could find. Basically in the image Hitler is trying to swindle Anne’s mom into letting him know where they hide so that he can find and kill them.

I do not know a whole lot about Mark Twain other than the fact that he is an extremely well known author. I know that he is known for his style of writing (satirical). I personally have never taken the time to sit down and read one of his novels but I do not think that I would mind. Something interesting about Twain that I found was that early on he was not expected to live as a baby.

blog 18 end of a song

Throughout listening to all the sections of this poem I have to admit, I really did not enjoy this at all. I feel like anybody that does not want to major in poetry is going to be significantly confused by this piece of work and overall just not enjoy it. During the entire process I was extremely confused and found myself having a very hard time analyzing this poem and understanding what each thing meant. There was one thing that I particularly liked about the poem and it just happened to be in the part I was assigned, and that was the fact that Whitman wanted the poem to be confusing. In the very last lines he stated that even though it is hard keep looking and you will understand. This was something that I really enjoyed and I feel like I would have really disliked this poem if this was not something I read. Other than my own section I think the section I enjoyed most was the very first group that went up. I was happy to see that they were rather unprepared and you questioned them heavily. Through your questioning it really helped me understand in greater detail what the poem meant.

I personally could see this poem being the most influential because we still see it being used in today’s society. There are certain things explained in this poem that many people follow in today’s world like the idea that it is okay to be different or to question the divine.

I have a lot of questions about this poem and the poet behind it. First off I would love to know why it had to be so confusing to a point that not many people would understand it. Lastly I would like to know why you were criticizing yourself in your own work.

I would rate this poem a 4 out of 5 because it was extremely confusing but still nice to read if you enjoy poetry.

Blog/Vlog 18 Vertigo

While watching the film “Vertigo” I have had lots of different thoughts about the film so far. This movie really sends your mind on a ride when watching meaning that there is so many twists and turns that you are just never quite ready for. I personally really enjoy that I can not really keep a grip on what is happening or going to happen in the movie. I watch a lot of movies and I have the tendency to be able to tell what is about to happen in a movie, but this one has kept me on the edge of my seat and I really enjoy that. So far for being a movie that was made in the nineteen fifties it has a pretty enjoyable plot, most movies from this time period bore me to death. The idea that a women is possessed by her great aunt or something and trying to kill herself seems like something far more advanced than this era and I really enjoy that. Some of the things that I do not particularly like about the film is certain word choice between characters. I strongly dislike the idea that John is also sometimes called Scotty because for one who is not familiar with the movie or watched the seen of him explaining it could easily become confused. Some predictions I have about the film is based around the idea of a major event happening shortly. We have gotten close to the halfway point and nothing crazy has happened yet so I am sure we are due for something shortly. Some ideas for critiques I have so far are pretty minor but rather important nonetheless. The first thing that I noticed is that there seems to be an audio visual delay between the characters mouths moving and when we hear the words. Another thing that I caught was a wording error when Johnny’s friend stated that the speedometer read ninety five miles when he should have said odometer. So far I have really enjoyed the movie and I would consider it a success.

Blog 14 IR

I think that the point of independent reading is to teach students that their is more to life than just screens. I am a personal believer that reading does help improve intelligence and that it helps keep stress down. I am just like every other kid as I would much rather watch TV or play video games over reading a book, but I still know that it is important to read. I am extremely fond of reading, but their is always things I would rather be doing. As a school I think that their are a couple of things we could be doing to help students to read more. First I think that holding classes in the library would help a lot to put students in the room. I think giving more “tours” would help as well because I know a lot of students who do not even know how the library works at all. It is very hard for them to read if they do not even know how to find the books. Lastly some one on one time talking to students about what they might like in a book and then giving them some ideas for books to read could help a lot.

The book I chose was about a family that got trapped on an island and had to fight off looters and bandits to survive. I chose this book because I think it will be a very good read and I expect a lot out of it.

I have not gotten a chance to read any of the book yet because I have been very busy, but I did get the chance to read the back of the cover. I think from the back of it that it will be very exciting to read.

I think that this creating a book trailer idea is very good and I personally think that it will be fun.