Blog 18: My Head is Spinning

I have always liked old horror or suspenseful movies. They are called classic movies now or cult films because of the large following they get but they really are not that old.These kinds of movies that mess with your head are the best. I have never watched vertigo until this class but so far I really like this film. It is amazing how even though it is seen as a classic most people have not actually seen it. It is a genuinely interesting movie that pulls you into the story. The beginning of the movie is mainly slow moving with little action but that helps to mess with your head. The music contributes a lot of feeling into the movie and you need to focus on the little parts and the small things said by minor characters to totally understand whats going on in the movie. We just got to the part in the movie where we understand Gavin has killed his wife and hired Judy to help mess with Scotty. As the movie moves forward we know that Scotty has been lied to and Gavin just wanted the business to himself for the money. He knew that Scotty was afraid of heights so he staged Madeline’s death on the top of a church tower so he could get away with it. Judy ends up staying in the city and it seems like Scotty is becoming obsessed with her. I am not sure if the film will end up with actual paranormal ideas or if it will just be Johnny going into madness over the girl he thought was Madeline. This is actually an interesting film and relies on he mind to think one thing while something else is happening. The twists help slowly reveal the truths of the film to the reader while keeping the characters clueless. I believe that the film can end three ways. Scotty will be driven crazy again and more people will die because of him and the truth will never come out about Gavin. Scotty could act as a good detective and Judy could help him prove Gavin guilty, or Scotty won’t go crazy but will only end up never knowing the truth.

Blog 17 why.. just why

The poetry unit had been challenging for trying to find interpretation based on many different factors but I had gotten past that. Then the transcendentalism chapter happened and I suffered through. Then for some reason a person thought hey lets make a giant confusing poem about transcendentalist ideas so that future children can be tortured while trying to figure out why a talking hawk is yelling at him while he is dying. The section my group was assigned was the last section of the poem that Walt Whitman was writing on his death bed. Almost every line in this section did not have a literal meaning. Without knowing what transcendentalism was it would be almost impossible to understand what he was trying to say. Knowing that he was dying while writing this section helped understand what he was trying to relay onto the readers of his poem. His life work was this poem and the ideals can be important to philosophy but I don’t think that it is important for high school students to understand what he is saying by trying to figure it out themselves. My thoughts on the last section are mixed because I still don’t fully understand it or if he is trying to connect the idea of grass to an afterlife society. His devotion to transcendentalism effects his work by becoming part of his controlling image. A lot of his ideals between nature and its connection to everyone comes from the transcendentalist idea of the over soul which means everything is connected to one divine being so everything is naturally good. This ideal is very apparent in his work. “The spotted hawk swoops by and accuses me, he complains of my gab and my loitering.” seem to be the most important lines of my section. They show that Walt Whitman is mocking his own poem with a joke about how he wrote a fifty two section long poem about taking action to become a better person while he is sitting around writing a really long poem and not taking action himself. This work had been difficult to understand due to its complexity and connections but with a lot of time and effort it can be understood.