Reading through and lightly analyzing each piece, it is evident that these themes run parallel. I feel that they all push the reality that people feel like their lives have little meaning. We broke The Love Song down in class and decided that it was really about the author understanding that time is precious but that others aren’t as fortunate and are unable to understand that. The poem helps focus on how alone the author really feels. He lives a sort of “fly on the wall” sort of life, and admires the things that others take for granted… things that he can’t have. Disillusionment of 10 o’clock seems to focus on the longing for something that the author once had and doesn’t have anymore, or something that he or she went through and never overcame. The author is latched on to something in the past that has clearly affected them in a negative way; a way that is hindering them from moving on with their life. Anyone lived in a pretty town is about an “anyone” who is a “someone” feeling like they’re a “no one”. People in this poem are only ever classified as “anyone”s or “someone”s and I feel that that really emphasizes on the continued theme that people really are feeling as if they don’t mean anything to others. That others don’t care, and don’t try enough to reach out. I think that this piece really touches on how life can be so complicated yet so bland and…lifeless… at the same time. Together, I feel that all three of these pieces are super relevant to today’s society. Each of them emphasize that there is struggle, and loss, and longing for more than what we think we have. So many people have so little, yet all the others that think they are so unfortunate while they have a world in a half right in front of them. I liked anyone lived in a pretty town the most because I feel that it is the most modernized. When I read it, I hear a young voice speak, as if they’re telling their story and exactly how they feel.
Upon finishing Huck Finn, my reasoning behind not enjoying books has become even more elaborate. Most books are capable of getting me too emotionally involved. However, this book didn’t even have to do that for me to hate it. It was straightforward enough to somewhat understand, but I will probably never enjoy a book that is assigned to be read by the whole class. It was bearable to read because we always elaborated the content into great detail the next day in class. Huck Finn was fairly successful as far as teaching me the elements of various themes, such as maturity throughout the novel and southern romanticism. This novel was definitely written in a different culture of speaking than many of the books I’ve read. It caused the reading aspect to be more of a headache than one could enjoy. It required far too much attention to be had towards just the speech rather than connecting the dots of the actual story. This novel drug out longer than other books as well, mainly because it didn’t real my state of mind in as well and I get extremely bothered when I’m assigned to read things that I have no interest in reading…but hey, that’s life. The last few chapters of the book were all over the place. One would have a ton of detail and figurative action going on while another chapter brought the book to a somewhat expected, yet abrupt end. If I could change the novel, I’d have out another mild chapter in that could sort of wean the reader off of the thick content of the previous chapter. I think that the biggest lesson to be taken from this novel is that the people that mean the most to you could be right in front of you, even if you don’t see them. Sometimes, the people who say the things we don’t want to hear are the people who care the most for us. I really do think that the novel pertains to current events that are taking place in society today, mainly because racism is still a huge issue, and people can have different personalities depending on which individual they are currently associating with. We have to be careful with who we trust in today’s society just as much as we had to back then.
Our Huck Finn project is to be displayed through a Buzzfeed quiz. We picked this project with the point in mind that our classmates can choose different prefernces on the path to finding out if they’re more like Huck or Tom. I am hoping that our classmates will enjoy being engaged in our project as individuals.
The moment we’ve all been waiting on has finally come, and I think that it marks one of the most important events in the entire story. The king has sold Jim to the Phelps family for only $40, only so he had money to go get drunk. At this time, Huck has a great chance to mature. While the con men are proving more and more that money really is the only thing that matters, Huck begins to see Jim as someone who is equal to himself and he starts treating him that way. He realizes that he really couldn’t live without Jim, so he decides to do something about the given circumstances. This is when Huck finally disposes of the toxic con men that he’s allowed to destroy so much and show a major leap of maturity. This is a big step because it supports the theme of Huck maturing into a responsible kid. Huck puts himself in great risk of danger to save his friend. As for the duke and the king, they have by no means gotten any better at being decent human beings. They’re continuing to scam towns into giving them money. Next is the introduction of Sally and Silas Phelps (the family who Jim was sold to). The Phelps own a slave-run cotton farm and they are open enough to feel a bit welcoming to Huck. They were kind enough to be sort of oblivious to Tom Sawyer coming into the picture, though he was really a complete stranger. Despite Jim being in situation that Huck so desperately wants to get him out of, this may be the end of the struggling for Jim and Huck. I think that they may eventually find their big break here. I think that the farm is a symbol of southern romanticism. I am hoping that the plot carries on to give Huck and Jim some relief. Whether that happens or not is up in the air. This may be the start of something new for the both of them and a chance for them to do the things that good friends deserve to do together instead of escaping difficult situations left and right.
My selected author is the poet, Donald Hall. I chose him because his general biography really interested me. He is well known for his amazing works of poetry, and beautiful memoirs. After reading the epilogues to some of his books and his simple, yet sophisticated poems, I was immediately drawn to his work. Right now, the three works I am most interested in are his poems, Tubes, Without, and Ox Cart Man. There’s no doubt in my mind that I will choose other poems as the most interesting when I get the chance to pick them apart and analyze them further. I really like how Hall includes literal elements into his poems that help them to flow nicely and make them slightly easier to understand. Without is about the loss of Hall’s beloved wife and poet, Jane Kenyon. It’s a devastatingly sad poem that reaches into the readers heart and allows them to get emotionally attached to what Hall is describing throughout the work. Ox Cart Man is one of Hall’s most known pieces, making it one that I would like to look deeper into. As I am exploring more, I am finding more interesting poems that I did not put on my list. Donald Hall was very open-minded when it came to writing about his personal life with his wife. He has a vast variety of different types of poems that he has constructed, making him known as a versatile poet. Hall was born in the late 1920’s, and was the single child of a businessman and his wife. He was born in Connecticut, but spent much of his life in rural New Hampshire. He married Jane Kenyon as his second wife, and they were the subject/inspiration of the Emmy Award-winning Bill Moyers documentary, A Life Together. Hall is responsible for publishing 15 books of poems and several exceptional essay books.
Honestly, as much as I hate to admit, this novel is not as bad as I thought it was. It has definitely grabbed and somehow held on to my attention. The dialogue and language is difficult to understand at times, but if you think as if you had the mentality of the narrator, it become significantly easier to float through. The sequence of events has flowed nicely up to this point as well. The transition between chapters and different stories is easy to follow and understand. The element that draws me in the most is that it the story seems to be written from the point of view of a child, or someone of an age that is not yet mature, but the way the character thinks and his actions and what he has to live through seem to be traits of someone who is a bit older. In one minor way, I feel that Huck is wise beyond is years, but only in a very tiny, small, itty bitty, little aspect. As far as other characters, I think Huck has a person for every need. He has Miss Watson, who does her best to keep him in check and on track. She tries to make a decent person out of him without letting his leash too lose. Then there’s Tom Sawyer, the devil on Huck’s shoulder. Someone to keep him on the edge and tell him all the wrong things that he wants to hear. There’s Miss Watson’s Jim, who is a bit of an entertaining outlier for Huck; someone to take the hit of being less intelligent than Huck. The last significant character, I think, is Pap Finn. When Pap Finn is introduced, I think the readers gain an understanding of why Huck is the way he is. Pap Finn is an essential character to develop the kind of character that Huck is. I see him as the best and worst thing on Huck’s list of favorites. Huck enjoys time with his father because he has no school, no responsibility, but he also hates it at the same time because he is locked up in complete isolation and alone with just an old abusive drunk. I see this as an eye for an eye kind of deal, and I believe that explains Huck’s character very well.
I found “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” a very interesting story that happened to be written quite well. The irony of the story turns out to be the most intriguing factor, as the narrator describes Simon Wheeler as a dumb, bald, moron when he actually turns out to be the smartest character in the whole big deal of the entire story. He actually is extremely intelligent and even fires some shots at the narrator. I found the greatest humor when the gambling man, Jim Smiley, bet that a dog with only two legs would win a fight against a dog in it’s prime. It’s difficult for a dog to live on two legs in this modern age, let alone back then…not to mention winning a fight in which he was clearly the disadvantaged opponent.
As for the Independent Reading assignment for the 3rd quarter, I’m still on the edge. However, as time goes on, I am realizing that I enjoyed something different. Instead of the dreaded AR test, it was a dreaded book trailer, which almost all of us still allowed ourselves to procrastinate over. It was something new and something that made us think deeper into the story rather than just what the test questions were.
Then we have Huck Finn. To this point, I don’t have any reason to really not like it. It’s a story that I think I can get interested in and actually want to read. I am guessing that it will be an action filled story where Huck Finn joins Sawyer and follows his footsteps.
I am so extremely frustrated with this film. I am half convinced that Madeleine is lucid enough to mess with Johns mind. There is no way someone could be so manipulative without knowing. Not to mention, she has to have realized that John is follows her. Maybe she thinks that his stalking is more out of a love struck interest. NOT TO MENTION, John is such a terrible stalker. However, i found faith in him when he played the “i’ll just go with you” card… that was a smooth move executed by not-so-slick john/scottie. At this point in the film, I feel that johns fear of heights has taken a mild pause. It hasn’t been very relevant in the plot recently. Not since he looked out the hotel window, in fact. I’ll give the film some credit, though. I was fairly emotionally involved by the time the period ended last week. Our notes on the film are pretty humorous, all while being accurate, and I think that analyzing and taking notes as we watched is an explanation to why i was getting so involved. My attention was entirely on this film by the time that Midge painted herself as the woman in the painting. I was irritated about how John didn’t even stay behind long enough to act like he had no clue what Midge was referencing. I was ready for a show…or ready for Midge to completely tear John apart. The other thing i noticed is that Kim Novak (Madeline) was quite beautiful in her youth. I’m sure that everyone on set probably fell in love with her at first sight. I am very curious to see what else happens in Vertigo, because if I am emotionally involved now, what’s it gonna come to as this twisted love story progresses?
After listening to each of the groups analyze their designated sections in front of the class, as well as answer specific questions that were asked, I was benefited with a much better understanding of what this piece is really all about. I am extremely grateful that we were only given fractions of the entire piece to tear apart and understand, because even with less material included, it is still significantly challenging. I think that each of the groups did outstanding work to help the rest of the class understand the meaning behind their assigned sections.
I think that the presentation on sections 4 and 9 was the most appealing to me. It really focused on being your own person and to believe in your own desired values. These sections explain that you are the person who chooses how your life goes. Whitman says that sometimes we need to sit out of the fight because we make the same mistakes over and over. This particular section of the work actually gives me a push of motivation. It irritates me that he wants us to give up and not fight through to find the answers to the same old problems that reoccur. He also points out that people live through unimaginable circumstances and it makes others wonder how it’s possible. In other words, he says that uncertainty is life’s biggest obstacle.
“Song of Myself” relates to today’s society because there is so much pressure on young adults and even middle aged people on deciding how they want to live the rest of their lives. Students are questioned in as early as elementary school of what they want to do for the rest of their lives. The questions becomes more and more realistic as middle school rolls around, and most accurately- high school. This work explains that decisions made now can affect us for the rest of our lives, which is what we are told time and time again.
What questions/thoughts/concerns do you still have about the work? How would you rate this poem?
There are parts here and there that I feel weren’t elaborate enough throughout presentations. It was difficult to take notes while listening to and considering the discussion of each line. I would now rate this poem at around a three out of five, only because its schoolwork, which makes it unwanted to begin with, and it is difficult to interpret without the help of someone who does understand.
I think that the whole “that government is best which governs least” thing is a pile of rubbish. The role of the government is to ensure a secure and stable environment to enable free trade and innovation. The government is expected to secure it’s country’s borders, protect against threats from the inside, and protect it from threats from the outside. The government is expected to allow citizens of the country to better themselves as much as they can. The government is supposed to encourage it’s citizens to do better for themselves. The government is assumed to be responsible for keeping the peace among citizens and other countries.
Every government commands your respect. In order for a government to work, it needs to be respected by its citizens. However, the government also needs to respect it’s citizens. Its a domino effect. If the government does something that citizens don’t like, citizens react. If citizens cross the line and do something that the government doesn’t like, the government reacts. Its an ongoing battle that I don’t see any end to. Strict government leads to rebellious citizens, loose government leads to citizens not necessarily rebelling but being able to do what they want with minimal restriction or punishment. Honestly, I think humans need to figure themselves out because things don’t look like they’re going to start looking up any time soon.
Civil disobedience is an immensely influential factor in how today’s society works. The peaceful protests of the past few years have been noticed by even the most isolated of cavemen, and most have them have been causing great change, mostly unproductive change. From “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” and “Black Lives Matter” to “Take A Knee” and “Me Too,” the face of rallying and rioting has hugely altered. I think the greater issue at hand is civil obedience, mainly because it seems so uncommon and seems to go unnoticed so often. Wait, that’s the point. People are only noticed if they break the law or cause inconvenience to others. This is what makes civil disobedience effective. Society has shyed away from taking consideration of those who strive to make a difference and has rather been attracted to rewarding the disobedience by giving it attention. I believe it is an effective technique but only to a certain extent, that extent being the the line between remaining civil and crossing into the land of hail marys where people go to extreme measures in only hopes of making a difference.