Blog 22: Citizen Kane

All in all, I felt that Citizen Kane by Orson Welles was a great movie. Great acting, along with a great script and cinematography. However, I don’t necessarily agree if it is the greatest movie of all time. One aspect of the story that I thought could have used some improvement is the fact that Charlie is kind of a crappy person even in the movies earlier sections. So when Jedidiah…

Blog 21: The Love Blog of a pretty Disillusioned town

  Over the last few days, our class has read and discussed three poems: The love song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Disillusionment of 10 o’clock, and anyone lived in a pretty how town. On the topic of the first poem, I believe that the main theme is to not be afraid to be judged by others. Prufrock assumes that he will be judged harshly; he is absolutely sure of it.…

Blog 20

At first, I was rather mad after reading “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” because it felt like my time had been completely wasted. Upon further discussion and re-reading however, I realized more about the characters and the actual point of the story. Wheeler is trying to waste the narrators time because he has been treated as if he is below the narrator. After I came to understand this,…

Blog 19: Satire

I have had a decent amount of experience with the concept of satire, but never in any kind of educational setting. I am a huge fan of satirical media companies like The Onion or their other site, Click hole. I widely use sarcasm in my own humor, so I naturally enjoy the sarcastic nature of satirical media. The video that I linked as an example of satire was one that…

3rd Q IR: Shutter Island Critique

During this last quarter I read the psychologically disturbing mystery novel Shutter Island  by Dennis Lehane. The story begins with Teddy Daniels, a US marshal who served in WWII, heading to an institution for the criminally insane. Here he is tasked with finding Rachael Solando, an inmate who has gone missing. Over the course of the story, Teddy and his partner, Chuck Aule, discover evidence of other problems. He believes that…

Blog 18: Vertigo Review

My initial opinion of vertigo was actually surprisingly good. My expectations for the movie were very high, considering the extremely high ratings and hype built up by Mr. McGarry. Usually when I build up my expectations for something like a tv show or movie, I am usually disappointed. However, “Vertigo” did a very good job at keeping me invested and curious despite its slower pace. The score was very good, and…

Blog 17: Song of self-torture

Over the last few school days, our class has been analyzing parts of Walt Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself”. Let me just say that, before I read some of this poem, I thought that The Divinity School Address was a difficult document to analyze. Trying to read and analyze “Song of Myself” feels like I’m wading through wet-concrete. It’s painstakingly slow and very tiring. My group was assigned to analyze…

Blog 16: Civil Disobedience

Thoreau stated in his piece “Civil Disobedience” that “that government is best which governs least.”. I, personally, would tend to agree with this. On the political spectrum I would consider myself far more libertarian than authoritarian. I strongly believe that the government should try to maintain fairly disconnected with the day to day life of its citizens, as this helps to ensure that the government is controlled by the people…

Blog 15: Thoreau’s attempt

(me several pages into Thoreau’s writings)   After reading both Thoreau and Emerson’s transcendentalist pieces, I felt it was pretty clear that both writers had very similar views and opinions on the transcendentalism and how a person should attempt to live their life. The most obvious similarity between the two is that they both believe that people should be more recluse and generally avoid the troubles that society brings. Thoreau spent…

Blog 14: End of Argument

  I believe that my general understanding of argument has improved. When we began this unit, I would pretty much just wing any argument that I was in; I wouldn’t plan a “strategy” of ways to convince someone else. I also wouldn’t listen very intensely to the other person’s argument for fallacies. However, learning different logical fallacies, argumentative strategies, and practicing good research has greatly developed my persuasive speech.  The…