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I choose to read “All the Lovely Bones”, my cousin had recommended it to me and I thought I’d give it a try. I knew that this book would some what emotional, but I had no idea what I was actually getting myself into.  This book was written by a young girl who had been rapped herself, and this reality is deeply routed in her writing. The entire concept of the book displays this. The topic itself is an uncommon writing focus, but even more groundbreaking is the use of the perspective of the the dead. I give her props for coming up with this concept, this is something that seems so necessary in hindsight, but most would have never thought of. We all want to know how people live once we are gone. I believe this books purpose was to tell an all too familiar story with an eye opening twist. The use of situational irony creates a longing for justice throughout the entire book. Knowing who had killed Sally, makes the reader feel the pain of the family even more. The Author created a main character with knowledge and awareness. Sally by no means, is stupid or an easy target, she is aware of the possibilities. The only problem was a simple moment of weakness. This makes this book more effective because it makes the reader realize that this victim could be anyone. There is no blame stupidity or innocence. This causes the reader to understand that this could be people they know, all it takes is one regretful decision. The author also paints a very real mourning from the family. They all handle it differently in ways that are not always expected or simple. Some stories explain use death to create a swell in the loved ones growth or closeness. This book displays their mourning as a quiet time. Things become still, emotions freeze. The town does not bond together or go after people, instead they treat the unknown killer with a a sense of understanding, a much more typical response.  While this occurs the author explains it through Sally’s perspective. My favorite part is how the author explains Sally’s afterlife. It’s not black and white. She doesn’t instantly find herself in heaven, or even understand she’d dead. I think this is very effective when making us feel for Sally. We feel more bonded to her because she doesn’t feel at peace. Not only has her life been taken but also everything she’s ever known. I feel that this portrayal of death feels more genuine, especially the death of a child. She finds herself somewhere in between the world she knew and the place she wants to be. There she lives in a warped beauty.  She meets others who encourage her, all why watching her family continue on. This leaves us with many conflicts that are taken care of in the conclusion. In the real world a girl feels Sally’s struggle around her and knows she needs closure and helps her achieve this. This is by far the most emotional part. This girl helps her with an understanding that is unimaginable and she faces something easier to ignore.  This part, is what made the book so amazing.

 

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from Pan Macmillan

Vertigo

When I first heard we were watching Vertigo I was pretty excited. For the most part, I’ve really enjoyed older movies and I also love thrillers. When we first starting doing research about the movie I  read a summary and really liked what I got fro it. The summary described that one major plot event involved the main character becoming obsessed over someone because they reminded him of someone else. I thought that seemed pretty interesting. From the beginning of the movie I especially enjoyed the visual and the cinematography. I really liked the design of the time period and you could tell the director took time to make every frame visually appealing.  Although some people thought that the movie was moving too fast in the beginning, I thought that the movie started fairly quickly. It did have a large time explaining the past but that was very necessary to the type of movie this is. Vertigo is a movie where you have to pay some attention and put together the pieces to figure out what is going on. I’m also trying to keep a pretty open mind and not expect too much. I know this movie is often praised for how good it is but I didn’t want to be let down and build it up too much. So far, I’m really enjoying it, though I will say I think they should have made some parts a little more subtle and certain parts more clear. I really liked how the characters are complex there’s not a clear good or bad side for most of the movie. The plot twist is also very unexpected it took a minute for me to put it together but once I did, I couldn’t figure out how I didn’t see it coming. That’s what makes the move so good. It seems so obvious and you feel stupid for not realizing it. As I was watching it I also realized how many movies have tried to achieve the same effect in the later years. This movie is set apart from other movies of the time period because it took a darker turn, and you can see this trying to copied in many movies today.

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from rotten tomatoes

Song of Myself

When I first read Song of Myself, I was mostly looking for the meaning as it relates to transcendentalism. I saw how he talked about all of us as one and the fact that we all contain some of the same basic soul. I was a little thrown off by the free verse because at first I wasn’t used to reading that style. We have not focus much on free verse in the past. I think this quote especially showed his use of transcendentalism, “A child said What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands;
How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is any more than he.” It shows how transcendentalists believe we do not know the real meaning or goal of nature and that we label and categorize things that are more abstract than they seem. This writing also highlighted how controversial these ideas were of the time period. During a time when religion and the “rules” were held to such a high regard many of these statements must have been earth shattering. Whitman writes, “They are alive and well somewhere, The smallest sprout shows there is really no death, And if ever there was it led forward life, and does not wait at the end to arrest it, ” This idea would have been perceived to have challenged the christian belief of heaven in the way people were accustomed to understand it. One thing that did confuse me was Whitman’s discussion of contraction. He seems to think it is not important if he contradicts himself and I find that idea somewhat unsettling. Whenever thinking about topics like these I always try my best not to be hypocritical. How could something contradicting be meaningful or true on a deeper level. I also don’t quite understand the title of the poem itself. I feel like it’s not the best way to sum up what the poem is about, obviously I’m missing something. Is he saying these ideas can only be understood by yourself and practiced through you. Does it have to do with the transcendentalist’s dislike for preachy religion?looking outside of yourself for these answers?

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