I kind of liked the film, but at the same time I did not really understand it fully. the acting within the movie was very good, using different emotions and tones helped make certain scenes more interesting for us, or drew us in more then if they had not done that expression or talked in a unusual tone.They also had scenes where at one moment things would be set up a certain way, but then it would pan in on the character then zoom out and the objects in the scene are set up differently and one or two of them may be in a different spot and different size also. Other parts were a blur just cause they did not make sense in my eyes. I also had a dentist appointment so I came in late one period and missed half of the part that was shown that day. I think that the way the plot went along could’ve been smarter since all Kane did was tried to buy other peoples happiness when all he had to do was make himself happy. He had all the money he would have ever needed once the company was fully developed, but he spent it on things that were trying to get other people to like him instead of just buying stuff to keep him happy even though he was the one that was not happy at all. We can take away that even though you could start small and build yourself an empire, it doesn’t matter once your unhappy or upset with your own life. Kane cannot be happy cause all he ever knew how to do was to buy other peoples happiness since his was taken from him when he got sold away as a child. If he wasn’t sold off as a child then I feel like Kane would’ve lived a happier life. The key figures in his life never really made him focus on his own happiness they ultimately just came to the conclusion that he should try and make more money then he would be happy. If Kane could’ve went sledding with the sled “Rosebud” then he definitely would’ve been happier since in the end Rosebud is a sled and the globe was a key symbol throughout the story since to sled you need snow too.
The themes of the 3 poems that we read are similar and different at the same time. The theme of the first poem, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, is that Risks might or might not be worth the reward. He wants to talk to these girls but doesn’t look the part since they are dressed all nicely and he isn’t quite the same in terms of wealthiness. Essentially the poem asks “Is it worth the risk”. You must make sure your risks are calculated. The next poem “Disllusionment of 10′ Oclock” is a boring poem. It does not give much food for thought, since it is short. The theme of it is that everyone is the same, since it is talking about how everyone is the same, or not one thing or another. The theme of the last poem, “Anyone lived in a pretty how town” is that the Seasons change and so will people. The seasons change just like how the people do in the poem. They are all connected because the themes can all be represented today. I think the one that we can find most applicable to today is the theme of the first poem. You always need to make sure your risks are calculated and you should always think about the outcome if you fail. It is something that people always need to consider whether it’s in 80 years or 10 mins from now. I did not like any of them, but if I had to choose one that I hated the least it would be “The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock” just cause I understood it the most.
I thought the short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” was an okay short story. It was not anything special in my eyes. It could’ve been better, but if it was better then it definitely would have to be different and probably would not have the same meaning or theme.The use of humor was interesting, since I did not find much of it funny. Maybe if someone else read it to me, or described it better then I would think of it more humorously. If I found it funny, then I would think of it more highly. The funnier it is the better I am going to think of it. The use of satire was noticeable, kind of. I did not know much about satire before the story, so if someone is good with using satire they could slip it past me without even knowing. I don’t have the best knowledge of it so I do not understand it all either. He was making fun of the reader and Simon Wheeler. The film we watched was kind of interesting. It did a good job at using satire. They satirized parenting, and our dependence on technology. Within the parents, they had 3 different types of parents, which most parents fall into. They each were different, and their reaction with the robot was satirized. The “iMom” video does a great job at using satire, since it satires more then one thing. I do not know anything about the book, if I am being honest. I have heard of it before, and I have heard about people talking about it, but other then that I do not know any information about it. I am sure Mark Twain, as an author, used humor and satire in many ways throughout that book. If it did not, then there would be no point in introducing it to us since that seems to be our new topic of discussion in class. I don’t know what to think of it, other then the humor and satire in it since that is what we are learning about it.
I have experienced a lot of satire and humor in my life. I am one-hundred percent sure that I have experienced both satire and humor in my past. I am a very humorous person, if I am not being serious then I am more then likely joking around. Humor, to me at least, makes most things better. I would much rather be laughing and joking, instead of being serious all the time. Humor is something that is in my daily life a lot more then I realize. A lot of other people use humor as well. I do not have as much experience with satire because I didn’t really know what it was, like I knew what it was but not like specifically what it was or the definition was. I know now, and looking back I definitely have seen satire/heard satire before, I just didn’t quite realize what it was or anything like that. My favorite kind of humor is physical humor. It is always funny seeing someone else in a bad situation, or in pain. As long as it isn’t me that is getting hurt or whatever. I like improvisational too, only because of “Whose line is it Anyway”. I think that show is hilarious honestly, and the people in the show made it better. There is a website that chose some of the best moments from that show. Physical humor is quite literally anything physical. Everything from someone making a funny face, to someone falling and landing in a funny way. It is literally anything with physical movements. If you find that someone doing something dumb and getting hurt because of it, then physical humor is for you. I also chose improvisational also, literally only because of that TV show. If that show had not been around, or had I not seen it then I would have just stuck with physical humor. I think it is funny also just because everything is in the moment, every line you say is right off the top of your head, there isn’t much thought going into it before, your just stuck on your toes. If they are good at it then it might be the funniest just because of it being so fast and not thought out. Twain is good at using dialect, he uses it a lot. He also uses humor a lot, uses satire a good bit too.
I thought Vertigo was a good movie. It did was it was supposed to do as a psychological thriller. I was actually interested in something in this class for once, so I was focused on the movie and watching. I honestly liked it all but the ending, the ending was controversial but the rest of the movie was good. The movie used a lot of different things to keep my senses alert, and it had me thinking about what was going to happen next. The makers of the movie used different film angles and zooms, different sounds, and different visual clues that made you think. It was confusing to start cause I didn’t know much of the story line within the first 20 minutes but I started to pick everything up later on. Throughout the whole movie I would include more technology if you were to modernize it. More phones and computers to communicate and interact with each other between Scotty, Gavin, Midge, and Judy. The cars and vehicles would obviously be more modernized. I don’t think the location should be the same either, since more people could connect to it if it wasn’t at Skid Row. If it was in suburb or a city it would make more sense nowadays. It would have to be someplace more relatable for people. Younger people, not necessarily teens but maybe like people in their twenties. Midges apartment would look a lot different, so would Judys apartment. They’d probably be doing some type of drug since they’re out in California. Police would probably have some type of presence just knowing how they are these days too. Gavin might possibly go about doing all of this differently if he did it now too. I have no idea what his thought process would be, but there is a lot of ways to go about doing that I feel.
My initial reaction to it was “Wow this is long” because it was so many different poems combined. I didn’t understand it fully the first time I read it, so I had to read it a few times to start comprehending it. My comprehension was wrong in comparison to what the author had actually meant by it. We were assigned as a group to work on section 3 of the poem. My initial reaction was was “Of course you gave our group the longest section”. I had to read it a few times to start making an analysis of it. We thought that overall we analyzed it pretty good, until you started to help us with some lines. The analysis we made had made sense so it was supported. Whitman did a good job keeping Transcendentalism as the main theme. He was very devoted to keeping that idea alive and making it a popular belief, and he made several poems and other things to support his idea and to show how to live with it. The most important lines of the poem, in my opinion at least are “There was never any more inception than there is now, Nor any more youth or age than there is now, And will never be any more perfection than there is now, Nor any more heaven or hell than there is now.” I think these are the most important because they show that now is the time to start, there is no better time then now to conform your life to transcendentalism. We had a problem with a few lines at the end of the poem because those lines are very confusing.
I agree, and disagree. I think that the government need to let the people do what they want, but only to a certain extent. Our government is fine, in my opinion. It lets us do what we want, but not anything crazy without repercussions. They govern over us, obviously, but make it fair for everyone. They keep us safe, and are responsible for making laws. In relation to each citizen, we all follow laws set by the government and if we don’t we get in trouble by them too. I respect the government that we have since it obviously works, and should continue to work forever. I respect it because it works, and doesn’t take away anything from my daily life. As long as we don’t do anything dumb or stupid then they wont infringe on us. No one in America really has a problem with our government I don’t think, if they do they are dumb. Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr. are 2 very influential men in history, and they both did it peacefully. They didn’t go out and do stuff to other people, they didn’t put out hate crimes, they did it all while respecting other people. The ways in which they got people to follow them were smart, since if there was violence that wouldn’t end well for anyone. They did a very good job at influencing people. What they do is still effective today, we still protest and we still argue against things.
Over the course of that unit I feel like my argumentative skills didn’t improve much. In a literary argument I would probably lose, but with most arguments I feel confident that I can win. I didn’t realize how much we argue everyday, and some people try to argue. Most people are bad at building an argument and they just attack the person they are arguing against. They don’t support it fully and would lose to most logical arguers. My friend group does that a lot, we aren’t seriously arguing but we would start saying stuff about the other person instead. Adults that I argue with don’t logically argue. They always assume since they are older they can pull the adult card and automatically win, or they would think that my argument is going to be invalid since I am a teen not an adult like they are. My idea of arguments change, now I know they involve a lot more thought and work if you want it to be a good argument. If you put in the effort you could kill your opponent and they would have no idea. I am bad at writing speeches, especially argumentative ones since I’m very opinionated when I argue. It also doesn’t help that I am very bad at writing. I am glad this unit is over and we have moved on to a more interesting unit.
I can make a few connections between the excerpt from Emerson and Thoreau’s ideas. They both are based off of nature, along with other things. Emerson’s excerpt explains a lot about how god is connected to everything in nature. He talks about how everything and everyone is connected. It is a lot of spiritual thoughts, and spiritual connections. Meaning that every human being is connected to every individual thing in nature, and all of that is connected to god. Emerson wrote about how we should enjoy nature and use it for our well being, but don’t overuse it. He also wrote about god being all throughout nature, and how we can connect to god through nature. They are similar to each other since they both talk about the idea of god being throughout everything and being connected. The main idea of “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” is that we should choose where we do anything in nature with a reason behind it. We should take everything into consideration when we use nature, and everything in nature is there for a reason so don’t use it if it isn’t for that reason. Thoreau leaving society behind could benefit him a lot. He can become a lot more independent from others, and could further his own agricultural skill, along with other farming concepts. I do not think I could do what he did. I could live on my own but after a while I think it would be extremely boring. Being all by yourself is going to drive you to extreme boredom. I would miss a lot of the things I have right now, like friends and other things. I don’t know enough about farming and living on my own enough to survive anyway. Readers now should understand that we need to appreciate nature, and only use it for good since we are all connected through it. God is connected through everything.
Should marijuana be legalized? Should it be just medical? There are 2 sides to this debate. Some people want it completely legal, others do not want it to even be medical. The people that support it think it should be legalized because of how it helps people through pain and other things. It helps with a broad range of complications and can ease pain. The people that oppose it do not want it legalized because of all the other legal drugs that are around among other reasons. Since it impairs your senses that is why they also oppose it. I support it because of the all the benefits of it. It can help a lot of people, and it can even help people that are not medically prescribed with it. This school year has been all over, it has had some very high highs, and some extremely low lows. It started off great, everything was going good. Everything was good until late August/early September. I broke my foot and was out for 6 weeks. Those 6 weeks felt like forever. I had to use crutches and they are the absolute worst thing in the world. I was going to try and get a job at the fair but with crutches I couldn’t get one. I was also stuck walking around the fair with crutches and that was terrible. I was moving pretty fast with them, but I couldn’t eat or drink when I walk. It sucked cause I would have to either just deal with the pain and walk and eat/drink, or stop walking and eat fast so I can keep up with friends. Dylan broke his ankle a week before so at least I wasn’t stuck by myself. I didn’t get to have nearly as many foods as I wanted. It also sucked because I couldn’t do any physical activity for those 6 weeks either. Basketball was coming up so I missed open gyms and wasn’t putting any shots up and just sitting around. When I came back I was in terrible shape. I have to work on keeping a grade up since I got behind in so much work. I should be good as long as I get my work done.