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  • Pub and English were my favorite classes this year even though you assigned an essay for AR. That’s rare because normally I don’t really like English.
  • Keep wearing the “dad thongs” (flip flops), it’s a good look.

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.

Blog 23

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.

 

Blog 22

The author I chose for the 4th quarter is J.D. Salinger because I’ve read his most famous book, The Catcher in the Rye, many times and wanted to give his other works a try. His primary form of writings are short stories, some of which found great success and even landed in The New York Times. 9 Stories is what I plan to read for this quarter because it’s a book compiled with 9 of Salinger’s short stories and novella’s. This is different then what I normally read because rather than focusing on one plotline, there are 9,  so it’ll be interesting to see if they’re all connected or not. Some of his more notable works include previously mentioned The Catcher in the Rye, A Perfect Day for Bananafish, and Franny and Zooey. JD Salinger fought in WW2, where he later met Ernest Hemingway. It was during the war that he wrote The Catcher in the Rye and experienced a mental breakdown. After his success, he went into seclusion and didn’t publish anything else for half a century.

Blog 21

The Adventures of Huck Finn has been a very pleasant surprise. I had never read any of Mark Twain’s works except for a chapter from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in middle school. My memory isn’t the best, so I didn’t know what to expect. Mark Twain was a baller because he said whatever he wanted and didn’t even care about society’s rules at the time. That attitude and mentality are at times hidden, but most of it was out in the open. This book exposes social views in a more progressive light which is pretty cool judging by the fact that it was written during a time where this was considered taboo. I also really like the fact that many of the characters are very superstitious because it pulls the reader into the fantasy world of Huck Finn, and has made the story a lot more fun and appealing. Another thing that I noticed right away is that the story is from Huck’s point of view, which is different because it’s written from a child’s perspective. Normally this is very rare for me, and I found that this enabled Mark Twain to reveal (in many spots) Huck’s naivety and innocence, examples being his confusion with how prayer works and his belief of genies etc. Something else that’s been achieved so far, is that The Adventures of Huck Finn has managed to stay interesting rather than dry. This may sound ignorant, but I have noticed that sometimes many of the books authors have written from earlier time periods are, at times, boring, flat, and unexciting. I know some people like that kind of stuff, but I don’t so that’s what I was half expecting this book to be like. I guess “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”…or time period is true. Overall, there hasn’t been anything that I have not liked from this book, and it has been very enjoyable. This blog isn’t going to hit the word count but its okay because I think that I’ve successfully been able to answer the prompt given. Oh, wait now I have hit the word count that’s good.

Blog 20

  • “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” was a very entertaining read. Mark Twain is a very respectable author because he trolled high society during a time when that was frowned upon, rather than supporting it or keeping his thoughts to himself. I also liked the fact that the whole story was written in the colloquial style of the area it was set in because it made it more amusing and helped me get into the story.
  • I really enjoyed how the third quarter AR was handled because it allowed me the opportunity to be creative and have fun with AR (which rarely happens). Plus I got to include my lil’ peanut Nakita. Another nice thing was that I only had to read one book this quarter, so I was able to find the time to actually finish it. Lastly being able to start my book in class helped motivate actually start it rather than pushing it off until the very last second, so overall, this was definitely a better way to do AR.

Blog 20

What is your experience with satire and humor? I’ve had a lot of experience with satire and humor because a lot of the TV shows I watch on the daily are ones that are always filled with satirical messages. (ex: The Office, Portlandia, Bob’s Burgers) 

What kind of humor do you enjoy the most (google humor types if needed)? Provide an example (explained or Youtube clip) of “your” type of humor.

– crude humor because it really butters my egg roll. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xnk4seEHmgw
– What do you know about Mark Twain and his style of writing? Look up a little information about him and post something you find interesting.

I know that he was a pretty weird guy who wrote exactly what the though with no filter. 

Mark Twain was obsessed with cats. 

Blog 19

Before we started watching “Vertigo”, I was super worried that it was gonna be this long, boring, low-key racist, black and white film, but I was proved wrong because it’s actually been very enjoyable. I can see how it’s the number six ranked best film of all time because the storyline isn’t garbage and there are weird twists that the viewer sometimes doesn’t always see coming. My favorite scene so far was definitely when Midge made the painting for Scottie, of her face “photoshopped” onto the body of Carlotta Valdez. That part was hilarious, especially when Midge was so shook that Scottie hated it and started hysterically sobbing. Another thing that I thought was really funny, but wasn’t meant to be funny, was when Scottie was following Madeliene and she never noticed that he was tailing her for two days. Even when they were the only two cars on the road for most of the time, and he parked right behind her at the bridge. Although this film has been good, one thing that I don’t like is how the women in this film are portrayed. Madeliene seems like the damsel in distress, and is weirdly falling in love with Scottie even though they’ve only known each other for two days, and her love interest is actually a creepy stalker who’s become obsessed with her. Midge also seems to be chasing after Scottie even though he’s clearly friend zoned her and is chasing after the heart of another woman. Midge and Madeleine haven’t been shown as powerful independent women, so that’s my biggest critique. My big predictions are that Madeliene and Scottie are both gonna end up dying, probably from falling off a building because Scottie is afraid of heights, or Scottie might kill Madeline by pushing her off a building because he’s obsessed with her and normally that kind of thing happens.

Blog 18

This poem was mediocre at best. Even though I’m no poet, neither is he. “Song of Myself” is basic and just repeats the same concepts over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. Just kidding, that was mean. “Song of Myself” really wasn’t that bad. Although I didn’t really know what he was talking about at first, after the class analysis it was a lot easier to enjoy and appreciate the poem. It was also very cool how he used aspects of nature as a metaphor for things such as himself, society, and life. The most interesting stanza was Canto 51 because not only does Walt contradict himself, but another speaker is introduced (the voice of God). Walt also questions why he has only been a talker rather than a doer, which can relate to many people in today’s society, including me.

Specific elements that represent society today include:

  • The terms “talkers”, “trippers”, and “askers”  (examples of people in society).
  • “this grass is very dark to be from the white heads of old mothers” (society is young, fresh, and healthy).
  • “urge and urge and urge, always the procreant urge of the world” (basic human instincts; we care to only produce what will benefit us).
  • “showing the best and dividing it from the worst age vexes age” (this statement means that older generations still highly influence youths).
  • “knowing the perfect fitness and equanimity of things, while they discuss, I am silent and go bathe and admire myself” (speaker is self-consumed and vain, like society).
  • Questions: I’ve heard that Wlat Whitman was racist, is this true? If so how could he preach his ideas of transcendentalism and equality? Did Walt Whitman ever become a “better” person to his standards?

After careful considerations, this poem earned a solid seven out of ten.