Blog 25

Every morning I wake up, brush my teeth, wash my face, do my hair, get dressed, and do my makeup. That’s my morning routine, and I rarely break it (with the exception of the weekend because those are normally bum days). In the three poems: Disillusionment of 10’o Clock, anyone lived in a pretty how town and The Love Song of  J. Alfred Prufrock, the common theme is that society follows a repetitive routine that results in a monotonous and dull life. The theme is developed through the use of time. In, Disillusionment of 10’o Clock, the speaker tells the story of a town filled with people who wear the same boring nightgown every night, and don’t dream of anything exciting or unique (with the exception of a drunk sailor). The sailor is not following the rules of the society that he lives in, but has the most interesting outcome in his dreams. “anyone” and “noone” represents people in anyone lived in a pretty how town. Over time (which is kept track of by the changing season) they fall in love, get married, and enjoy their lives together until their eventual deaths. Afterward, the town buried them side by side, but the seasons kept changing and life went on with the cycle eventually beginning again. Finally, the speaker in The Love Song of  J. Alfred Prufrock has “…measured out my life with coffee spoons”. In other words, he’s done the same thing every day and hasn’t done anything to be proud of.  

anyone lived in a pretty how town is the poem I believe is the most applicable to today, because “anyone” and “noone” can represent you, me, your friends, the mailman, or maybe even your dog. It’s open to interpretation. This was also the favored poem out of the three because the diction e.e. cummings used gives the poem an upbeat vibe. It’s also interesting because rather than using the names of people, broad words like “anyone” and “noone” are used. Thats the end of this blog. 

*note: for some reason this website doesn’t let me upload photos anymore 

 

Blog 24

Part 1: As a whole, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was pretty good. Twain was able to keep me entertained and interested, and I actually got emotionally invested in the storyline and characters which has never really happened with other books I’ve read. The characters, Jim and Tom Sawyer, were the two prime examples of this. Jim because he was the only genuinely good character in the book who was just trying to escape slavery, and Tom Sawyer because he was an idiot who actually made me SO ANGRY in the final chapters. The themes explored in the book were also executed very well because there were many clear and distinguishable examples. Even though Twain wasn’t exactly a “feminist”, I could still appreciate how he used the theme of women to include strong female characters in the story and showed them as being intelligent and clever. This novel was different because it was written to make a statement, and to “call out” societal issues of the time period. Some could argue that the issues presented in this book like equality and morality are still problems in today’s culture so it’s still very relevant. The most important thing I took away from the book is that no matter who they are, true friendship will make you risk your own self and morals in order to help them when needed. A true friend is also someone who shows you how to look at something a little differently and brings out the best in you.

Part 2: For my group project we’re doing a mockumentary style video (possibly based on The Office) because all three of us are fans of the TV show, and think it would be different. We expect to rock the classes socks off.

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Important moments chapter 30-33:

  • The King sells Jim to a nearby farmer for only 40 dollars, spending the profits on booze. He did this by advertising him as a runaway slave using the fake poster from a previous chapter. Imortant because this moment was foreshadowed by Twain.
  • Huck realizes his love and loyalty to Jim by deciding to “sin” and steal him from the farm rather than writing to Miss Watson about the whereabouts of Jim. This is monumental not only in Huck and Jim’s relationship development, but majorly shows the development of Huck. He’s willing to go against the morals of society at the time to help a friend and do what he believes is right in his heart.
    • The reader is introduced to two new characters: Aunt Sally Phelps and Uncle Silas Phelps. We later find out that “Tom” is actually Huck’s friend, Tom Sawyer, and has an easy time fooling the Phelps.
  • Huck goes to the Phelp’s farm where Jim is being held and pretends to be the Phelp’s nephew, “Tom”. Tom Sawyer is then reintroduced into the story. Huck is amazed by Tom Sawyer’s willingness to help him steal Jim with him.
  • The theme of southern romanticism is shown when the Phelps invite the real Tom Sawyer into their house despite him being a stranger.
  • Chapter 33 ends with the King and Dauphin being run out of town, but they’ll probably be back.

The Phelps’ farm is a very small typical looking farm that is home to many slaves. Twain makes it seem very quaint and normal. Being that most good things come to an end, my pr3ediction for the rest of the story and end is that Tom and Huck are going to free Jim, but Jim will probably die or have to return to slavery. It just makes sense that Mark Twain would kill off the ONLY genuinely “good” person in the story and ruin the reader’s day.