Blog 18

At first my reaction to the work of Walt Whitman was that “Song of Myself” was very very confusing, and I could not quite grasp the meaning of the poem itself. There were very few lines that I could interpret. Though during our creation of the slide show, I started to pick up bits and pieces. I did know that the main focus was Transcendentalism, but I could not decipher individual sections and lines. After the group presentations though, I finally could comprehend the meaning of the work. I understood the deeper meaning and what Walt Whitman was trying to convey to the audience. The audience being society, anyone and everyone who would consider the ways of Transcendentalism. Another thing I realized after the presentations was that Walt was a pretty spiritual person and religion definitely had an influence on his lifestyle and his works, especially “Song of Myself.”

The section I found most interesting in “Song of Myself” was section section 4. Section 4 as I interpret it states that the occurrences in his life, being where he is from, who he meets and talks to, the fortunate or unfortunate events that happen do not define who he himself is. He is saying he has control of what he becomes, and what he believes, as well as any man or woman on Earth. You can be influenced by your environment, but it does not have to be that way. Walt is suggesting he has deemed this thought to be true in his own life.

Song of myself is considered one of the most influential poems of American history. Some of the key points of the poem still are present and influence society today. Many critically acclaimed authors have deemed the poem one of the greatest literary works of all time. They have also praised Walt for his wisdom and extremely progressive thoughts.

Something that still influences society today from “Song of Myself” is the idea of a perfect democratic society being present in the United States of America. He pushes the idea that he is speaking to those who are powerless and powerful, and that everyone could be anyone. Wealth is in the eye of the beholder and everyone is created equal by the divine.

Satire

In today’s society, my experiences with satire and humor are that I enjoy it. Especially with most of today’s satire in major media and television being aimed at the current administration and or conservative side of politics, and me being more in favor of the left, I find this satire comedic and relative. For example, if a late night talk show uses satire aimed at Trump supporters, I find it funny if it is like my experiences with Trump supporters around me.

A type of humor that I find very comedic often is: Self Deprecating

I find this type of humor comedic because the ways that I see it used are often in SNL skits or in stand up comedy. So my example of this is an SNL skit where one of the actors, is doing an impression of the Secretary of Education who is very criticized for not knowing anything about public schooling or education in general. So the actor portrays her as a very unintelligent person not knowing much about public education. This shows the self deprecating type of humor.

Mark Twain was an American writer born in Missouri. He worked as a steam boat pilot, and also a miner. Both those careers somewhat failed. He worked for many news outlets and newspaper companies writing funny stories and articles. This then led to his writing career. Many of his stories/books were humorous or witty. He also used a lot of satire in his stories. His most famous work arguably is the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, followed by the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This is referred to as the Great American Novel due to it’s popularity. Mark Twain’s works are extremely well known among the literature community and paved the way if you will for satire in modern works.

Something I found while researching Mark Twain that was very interesting was the Halley’s comet coincidence. Mark Twain was born shortly after Halley’s comet was spotted, and he predicted later in life that he “would go out with it.” His predictions deemed correct as he died the day after the comet was spotted again.

 

Blog 19

At first, while watching the film, the thoughts running through my head were that I should appreciate the quality of modern day movies. I thought this for many reasons. These reasons being the use of CGI, better sets, better acting, higher quality, are all things we take for granted now a days that aren’t present in an old film such as Vertigo. So, now that we are half way through the movie, I do quite like it. My reactions are that it is very suspenseful. It is mysterious and really grabs your attention. I am indeed excited to see what may happen next. Some things that I find very interesting is how Scotty reacts to the girl. He not is not only following her for the sake of his job, but he has another motive. I think while at the restaurant, Scotty realizes that he actually has feelings for the girl. So he now follows her not only because he was hired to, but because he is concerned for her own safety as well. Another thing I noticed speaking of feelings, Scotty’s female roommate I think also likes Scotty. However, I think Scotty has moved on from her since they’ve broke up. This girl comes off as annoying to me, towards the middle of the movie she seems to be trying very hard for Scotty to notice her, but again Scotty has lost interest. Some of my predictions for the rest of the movie are that Scotty is really going to fall for her. Also, I think that something is going to happen to Gavin’s wife, the girl Scotty is suppose to watch. I think as he is following her, his fear of heights is going to come into play later in the movie. I know the girl dies, So I think his fear of heights will hinder Scotty from saving her.